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Easton, Maine
Location of Easton, Maine
Location of Easton, Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Aroostook
Area
 • Total 38.93 sq mi (100.83 km2)
 • Land 38.71 sq mi (100.26 km2)
 • Water 0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)
Elevation
814 ft (248 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,287
 • Estimate 
(2012)
1,266
 • Density 33.2/sq mi (12.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04740
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-21380
GNIS feature ID 0582459
Website easton.me.us

Easton is a town in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,287 at the 2010 census.

History

In 1851 the first known residence in the Easton wilderness was built by Henry Wilson, who had taught school in Presque Isle. When Solomon Bolster arrived in 1854, he joined Henry Wilson and Augustus Rackliffe, its sole residents. In 1855-1856, Noah Barker partitioned the township into 142 lots of 160 acres in size, thereby determining its layout. The state opened it for settlement, and on July 26, 1856 it was organized as the Fremont Plantation. A schoolhouse was built in 1858 and the first of several lumber mills was constructed in another year. By 1860 the population was 320. Growth of the population slowed during the Civil War, and the town of Easton was incorporated 1865. Economic growth was slow, evidenced by an 1862 record that taxes should be paid in grain or shingles. The first store was opened in 1863. A starch factory was built in 1877, and a steam shingle mill in 1879. Easton became "one of the greatest potato producing towns in the County. . . The 1880s saw the appearance of the Methodists and the Free Will Baptists--also the Odd Fellows. By 1880 the population was 835; by 1890, 978.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.93 square miles (100.83 km2), of which 38.71 square miles (100.26 km2) is land and 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is water.

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Easton has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 320
1870 522 63.1%
1880 835 60.0%
1890 978 17.1%
1900 1,215 24.2%
1910 1,300 7.0%
1920 1,451 11.6%
1930 1,505 3.7%
1940 1,605 6.6%
1950 1,664 3.7%
1960 1,389 −16.5%
1970 1,305 −6.0%
1980 1,305 0.0%
1990 1,291 −1.1%
2000 1,249 −3.3%
2010 1,287 3.0%
2014 (est.) 1,236 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,287 people, 536 households, and 352 families residing in the town. The population density was 33.2 inhabitants per square mile (12.8/km2). There were 596 housing units at an average density of 15.4 per square mile (5.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 536 households of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% 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 2.94.

The median age in the town was 42.5 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 31.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

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