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Exeter, Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
Area
 • Total 38.59 sq mi (99.95 km2)
 • Land 38.56 sq mi (99.87 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
299 ft (91 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,092
 • Estimate 
(2012)
1,091
 • Density 28.3/sq mi (10.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04435
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-24110
GNIS feature ID 0582470
Website Town website

Exeter is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,092 at the 2010 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.59 square miles (99.95 km2), of which, 38.56 square miles (99.87 km2) of it is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

History

In 1793 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts granted the township to Marblehead Academy of Marblehead, Massachusetts. The township was lotted in 1800 by Moses Hodsdon of Kenduskeag. Dr. John Blaisdell acted as agent for early proprietors. Among the proprietors were Benjamin Jay and William Turner of Boston. The first settlement was made in 1801 by Lemuel Tozier. Prior to incorporation the town was known as "Blaisdelltown".

The town incorporated on February 16, 1811. The name "Exeter" was selected in memory of Exeter, New Hampshire, from which some settlers had moved. The first school was taught by Miss Anna M. Stevens in 1804. The first mill was built by Levi Stevens in 1813.

In 1859 the town had a population of 1,853. By 1880 the population had dropped to 1,274. The United States Census reported a population of 1,092 in 2010.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 582
1830 1,439 147.3%
1840 2,052 42.6%
1850 1,853 −9.7%
1860 1,783 −3.8%
1870 1,424 −20.1%
1880 1,274 −10.5%
1890 939 −26.3%
1900 879 −6.4%
1910 888 1.0%
1920 807 −9.1%
1930 773 −4.2%
1940 751 −2.8%
1950 734 −2.3%
1960 707 −3.7%
1970 663 −6.2%
1980 823 24.1%
1990 937 13.9%
2000 997 6.4%
2010 1,092 9.5%
2014 (est.) 1,085 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,092 people, 424 households, and 301 families living in the town. The population density was 28.3 inhabitants per square mile (10.9/km2). There were 491 housing units at an average density of 12.7 per square mile (4.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.9% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 424 households, of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.0% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the town was 44 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 35.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

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