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Denmark, Maine
Town
View of Pleasant Mountain - Denmark, Maine
View of Pleasant Mountain - Denmark, Maine
Official seal of Denmark, Maine
Seal
Country United States
State Maine
County Oxford
Incorporated 1807
Area
 • Total 49.93 sq mi (129.32 km2)
 • Land 46.12 sq mi (119.45 km2)
 • Water 3.81 sq mi (9.87 km2)
Elevation 440 ft (134 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,148
 • Estimate (2012) 1,145
 • Density 24.9/sq mi (9.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04022
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-17250
GNIS feature ID 0582438
Website www.denmarkmaine.org

Denmark is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,148 at the 2010 census. A number of ponds and lakes are located within the town.

History

Civil War Monument - Denmark, Maine
Denmark American Civil War Monument

The land was once part of Pequawket (now Fryeburg), village of the Sokokis Abenaki Indians. Attacked by Captain John Lovewell in 1725 during Dummer's War, the tribe abandoned the area and fled to Canada. The township combined a grant made by the Massachusetts General Court to Fryeburg Academy, Foster's Gore and a strip from Brownfield. Several settlers came from Andover, Massachusetts. It was incorporated as Denmark on February 20, 1807, and named in a show of solidarity with Denmark. That country's capital, Copenhagen, was attacked in 1801 and 1807 by the Royal Navy, which in 1775 had attacked Portland.

Farmers found the soil to be very stony and sandy, producing fair yields of potatoes, corn and oats. But the town did have excellent water powers at the streams, and mills were established to manufacture grain, long lumber, barrel staves, sashes, blinds and doors. Denmark Village was established at the foot of Moose Pond, whose outlet, Moose Pond Brook, provided the best water-power site. Today, the town is site of summer camps. Camp Wyonegonic, founded 1902, is the oldest girls' camp in the country. Also in Denmark is Camp Walden, established in 1916.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Denmark has a total area of 49.93 square miles (129.32 km2), of which 46.12 square miles (119.45 km2) is land and 3.81 square miles (9.87 km2) is water. Denmark is drained by Moose Pond Brook and the Saco River. The largest of its many ponds is Moose Pond, which is about 8 miles (13 km) long.

The town is crossed by State Routes 117 and 160. It is bordered by the towns of Bridgton to the northeast, Sebago to the southeast, Hiram to the south, Brownfield to the southwest, and Fryeburg to the northwest.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 436
1820 792 81.7%
1830 954 20.5%
1840 1,143 19.8%
1850 1,203 5.2%
1860 1,171 −2.7%
1870 1,069 −8.7%
1880 904 −15.4%
1890 755 −16.5%
1900 634 −16.0%
1910 596 −6.0%
1920 576 −3.4%
1930 474 −17.7%
1940 532 12.2%
1950 447 −16.0%
1960 376 −15.9%
1970 397 5.6%
1980 672 69.3%
1990 855 27.2%
2000 1,004 17.4%
2010 1,148 14.3%
Est. 2014 1,144 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the town was $45,885, and the median income for a family was $57,625. The per capita income for the town was $28,563. About 5.4% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,148 people, 479 households, and 330 families residing in the town. The population density was 24.9 inhabitants per square mile (9.6/km2). There were 1,075 housing units at an average density of 23.3 per square mile (9.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 479 households of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.1% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the town was 46.6 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.5% were from 25 to 44; 36.4% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.0% male and 48.0% female.

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Coordinates: 43°58′13″N 70°48′12″W / 43.97028°N 70.80333°W / 43.97028; -70.80333


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