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Carmel, Maine
1930s postcard
1930s postcard
Carmel, Maine is located in Maine
Carmel, Maine
Carmel, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
Area
 • Total 36.90 sq mi (95.57 km2)
 • Land 36.53 sq mi (94.61 km2)
 • Water 0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)
Elevation
161 ft (49 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,867
 • Density 78/sq mi (30.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04419
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-10670
GNIS feature ID 0582390

Carmel is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. It is part of the Bangor Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,867 at the 2020 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.90 square miles (95.57 km2), of which, 36.53 square miles (94.61 km2) of it is land and 0.37 square miles (0.96 km2) is water. The center of town is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 2 and Maine State Route 100 with Maine State Route 69. Interstate 95 passes east–west through the southern portion of town, with access via exits 167 and 174, both outside the town boundary.

Souadabscook Stream is the main waterway through the town, flowing east to the Penobscot River in Hampden.

History

Martin Kinsley of Hampden bought this township in 1795 and began selling lots. The first settlers were Abel Ruggles and the Rev. Paul Ruggles, who named the place to honor the prophet Elijah's experience on Mount Carmel. It was incorporated as a town in 1811.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 153
1830 257 68.0%
1840 520 102.3%
1850 1,225 135.6%
1860 1,271 3.8%
1870 1,348 6.1%
1880 1,220 −9.5%
1890 1,066 −12.6%
1900 932 −12.6%
1910 1,050 12.7%
1920 918 −12.6%
1930 881 −4.0%
1940 870 −1.2%
1950 996 14.5%
1960 1,206 21.1%
1970 1,301 7.9%
1980 1,695 30.3%
1990 1,906 12.4%
2000 2,416 26.8%
2010 2,794 15.6%
2020 2,867 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,794 people, 1,097 households, and 818 families living in the town. The population density was 76.5 inhabitants per square mile (29.5/km2). There were 1,182 housing units at an average density of 32.4 per square mile (12.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.6% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 1,097 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.4% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the town was 40.5 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 30.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

Notable people

  • Myrna Fahey (1933–1973), actress
  • Amory Nelson Hardy, photographer
  • Emory A. Hebard, Member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1961 to 1977, Vermont State Treasurer from 1977 to 1989
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