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Eddington, Maine
Eddington, Maine is located in Maine
Eddington, Maine
Eddington, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
Area
 • Total 26.54 sq mi (68.74 km2)
 • Land 24.99 sq mi (64.72 km2)
 • Water 1.55 sq mi (4.01 km2)
Elevation
200 ft (61 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,194
 • Density 88/sq mi (33.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04428
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-22535
GNIS feature ID 0582461

Eddington is a town located on the eastern side of the Penobscot River in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. As of the 2020 census, the town had a population of 2,194.

History

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Colonel Jonathan Eddy

The town was founded by and named after Jonathan Eddy, a militia captain in the French and Indian War, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, and the first magistrate in the area. Eddy and most of the town's other original settlers migrated to the town from Nova Scotia, where they had supported the rebel cause against the majority British Loyalist population. Eddy tried to make Nova Scotia - the 14th American colony - join the revolution by leading the Siege of Fort Cumberland. After the siege failed, Eddy and others emigrated to the District of Maine and were given land grants in present-day Eddington. Later in the war, Eddy successfully defended Maine from a British attack in the Battle of Machias (1777).

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.54 square miles (68.74 km2), of which, 24.99 square miles (64.72 km2) of it is land and 1.55 square miles (4.01 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 167
1810 205 22.8%
1820 271 32.2%
1830 405 49.4%
1840 595 46.9%
1850 696 17.0%
1860 856 23.0%
1870 776 −9.3%
1880 746 −3.9%
1890 729 −2.3%
1900 663 −9.1%
1910 611 −7.8%
1920 527 −13.7%
1930 487 −7.6%
1940 571 17.2%
1950 664 16.3%
1960 958 44.3%
1970 1,358 41.8%
1980 1,769 30.3%
1990 1,947 10.1%
2000 2,052 5.4%
2010 2,225 8.4%
2020 2,194 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,225 people, 930 households, and 643 families living in the town. The population density was 89.0 inhabitants per square mile (34.4/km2). There were 1,037 housing units at an average density of 41.5 per square mile (16.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.8% White, 0.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 930 households, of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.9% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the town was 44.1 years. 20% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 33.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

Notable people

  • Jonathan Eddy, American Revolutionary War colonel; town namesake; buried in Eddington
  • Norman Kelley, operatic tenor; born and raised in Eddington
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