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Deer Isle, Maine
Mill Creek and Town Hall in 1907
Mill Creek and Town Hall in 1907
"Welcome To Our Beautiful Island"
Deer Isle, Maine is located in Maine
Deer Isle, Maine
Deer Isle, Maine
Location in Maine
Deer Isle, Maine is located in the United States
Deer Isle, Maine
Deer Isle, Maine
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Maine
County Hancock
Incorporated 1789
Villages Deer Isle
Little Deer Isle
North Deer Isle
South Deer Isle
 • Total 123.67 sq mi (320.30 km2)
 • Land 29.72 sq mi (76.97 km2)
 • Water 93.95 sq mi (243.33 km2)
0 ft (0 m)
 • Total 2,194
 • Density 74/sq mi (28.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-17145
GNIS feature ID 0582437

Deer Isle is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,194 at the 2020 census. Notable landmarks in Deer Isle are the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Stonington Opera House, and the town's many art galleries.


The town was incorporated in 1789, at which time it included the islands of Little Deer Isle, Deer Isle, and Isle au Haut. Deer were abundant on these islands, hence the name. In 1868 Isle au Haut became a separate town. In 1897, the southern third of Deer Isle incorporated as the town of Stonington.

In the 19th century, the granite industry flourished on Deer Isle where its quarries supplied granite for structures such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the US Naval Academy, the Manhattan Bridge and at President John F. Kennedy's tomb at Arlington National Cemetery.

In John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, Deer Isle was a stopping point for the author after the insistence of his literary agent that he visit the cottage of Eleanor Brace, at Dunham's Point. Steinbeck wrote, "One doesn't have to be sensitive to feel the strangeness of Deer Isle".

It was Deer Isle that musician Dan Fogelberg and his wife Jean chose for their final home, and where he died in 2007. This isle was the home town of the dock that was the inspiration for the painter Fairfield Porter. Many small private islands can be found in the waters surrounding Deer Isle. Cabot Lyford, a Maine sculptor, utilized seven tons of Deer Isle granite to carve one of his best known pieces, "Life Force." "Life Force," which depicts dolphins jumping from the water, stands outside the Regency Hotel in Portland, Maine.


The town of Deer Isle is one of two communities on the island of Deer Isle, the other being Stonington. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 123.67 square miles (320.30 km2), of which 29.72 square miles (76.97 km2) is land and 93.95 square miles (243.33 km2) is water.

Deer Isle is separated from the mainland by Eggemoggin Reach and may be reached by car via a narrow 1939 suspension bridge bearing the island's name.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 682
1800 1,094 60.4%
1810 1,507 37.8%
1820 1,842 22.2%
1830 2,228 21.0%
1840 2,841 27.5%
1850 3,037 6.9%
1860 3,590 18.2%
1870 3,414 −4.9%
1880 3,266 −4.3%
1890 3,422 4.8%
1900 2,047 −40.2%
1910 1,946 −4.9%
1920 1,718 −11.7%
1930 1,266 −26.3%
1940 1,303 2.9%
1950 1,234 −5.3%
1960 1,129 −8.5%
1970 1,211 7.3%
1980 1,492 23.2%
1990 1,829 22.6%
2000 1,876 2.6%
2010 1,975 5.3%
2020 2,194 11.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,975 people, 929 households, and 533 families living in the town. The population density was 66.5 inhabitants per square mile (25.7/km2). There were 1,936 housing units at an average density of 65.1 per square mile (25.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 929 households, of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.6% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.61.

The median age in the town was 51.6 years. 16.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18% were from 25 to 44; 30.8% were from 45 to 64; and 28.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

Notable people

  • Gerald Warner Brace (1901–1978), writer, professor, sailor and boat builder
  • Dan Fogelberg (1951–2007), singer and songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist
  • Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983), architect and inventor
  • Robert McCloskey (1914–2003), author and illustrator of children's books
  • Francis Sumner Merritt (1913–2000), painter, co-founder and first director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
  • Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), early urban planner and landscape architect
  • Ronald Hayes Pearson (1924–1996) was an American designer, jeweler, and metalsmith
  • Thomas E. Ricks (born 1955), Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author who specializes in the military and national security issues
  • Anica Mrose Rissi, author and writer brought up in Deer Isle
  • Salome Sellers (1800–1909), last known and documented living person born in the 18th century
  • Cynthia Voigt (born 1942), young adults book author

See also

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