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Corinth, Maine
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Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
 • Total 40.27 sq mi (104.30 km2)
 • Land 40.27 sq mi (104.30 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
220 ft (67 m)
 • Total 2,900
 • Density 72/sq mi (27.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-14380
GNIS feature ID 0582420

Corinth is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,900 at the 2020 census.


Abner Sr Tibbetts was the founder of Corinth. In 1792 he built his home on Lot 10 First Range. Tibbetts enlisted as a private in Captain Reuben Dyers' company at the age of 17 on May 26, 1777, from Gouldsboro, Maine. Tibbetts' grave, with an official grave marker of a Revolutionary War soldier, is found in the East Exeter cemetery.

The town was settled in the late 1790s by the extended Daniel Skinner family and originally called "Ohio". There is still an "Ohio Street" in nearby Bangor, being a portion of the original road or trail connecting that town with what is now Corinth. When the town was incorporated in 1811, it changed its name to Corinth, a reference to the classical Greek city. A number of Penobscot County towns incorporated in the same period such as Etna, Carmel, and Levant (and Troy, in neighboring Waldo County) were given similarly exotic names, referencing the ancient Mediterranean world, probably in order to help attract settlers. Some of these names also have Biblical references.

By the mid-19th century the town had three villages: East Corinth, West Corinth, and South Corinth. East Corinth emerged as the largest, and had five shops making carriages and sleighs (a local specialty) by the 1850s.

The Skinner Settlement in West Corinth is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This early 19th century village-scape includes a general store, schoolhouse, and Methodist church. The Robeyville Covered Bridge near East Corinth is also listed on the National Register, and is one of very few such bridges to survive in Maine.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.27 square miles (104.30 km2), of which 38% is covered in forest.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 296
1830 712 140.5%
1840 1,318 85.1%
1850 1,600 21.4%
1860 1,790 11.9%
1870 1,462 −18.3%
1880 1,333 −8.8%
1890 1,154 −13.4%
1900 1,042 −9.7%
1910 1,034 −0.8%
1920 891 −13.8%
1930 931 4.5%
1940 954 2.5%
1950 1,167 22.3%
1960 1,138 −2.5%
1970 1,212 6.5%
1980 1,711 41.2%
1990 2,177 27.2%
2000 2,511 15.3%
2010 2,878 14.6%
2020 2,900 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,878 people, 1,125 households, and 798 families living in the town. The population density was 71.5 inhabitants per square mile (27.6/km2). There were 1,233 housing units at an average density of 30.6 per square mile (11.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 1,125 households, of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.1% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the town was 40.4 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.7% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.


Corinth is part of Regional School Unit No. 64.

Notable people

  • Arthur R. Gould (1857–1946), US senator (November 30, 1926, to March 3, 1931); president of the Aroostook Valley Railroad (1902–1946)
  • Frank Mason Robinson (1845–1923), Early marketer of the drink that became known as Coca-Cola
  • Henrietta Gould Rowe (1834/35–1910), litterateur, author
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