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Harrington, Maine
View of Harrington c. 1908
View of Harrington c. 1908
Country United States
State Maine
County Washington
Incorporated 1797
Area
 • Total 50.31 sq mi (130.30 km2)
 • Land 21.11 sq mi (54.67 km2)
 • Water 29.20 sq mi (75.63 km2)
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,004
 • Estimate 
(2012)
992
 • Density 47.6/sq mi (18.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04643
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-31530
GNIS feature ID 0582512

Harrington is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,004 at the 2010 census. Harrington is an old seafaring and shipbuilding village.

History

Originally called Plantation Number 5, it was one of six townships east of the Union River granted in 1762 by the Massachusetts General Court to an association of petitioners. First settled about 1765, it had a population of 177 on June 17, 1797, when incorporated as Harrington.

Farmers grew wheat and potatoes in the town's sandy loam. Harrington developed a considerable trade in lumber, and by 1859 contained two sawmills, three shingle mills and two lath mills. There was a gristmill, two brickyards, a tannery, and eighteen shipbuilders. In 1886, industries also included a sailmaker, and a boot and shoe manufacturer. Gallison Memorial Library still operates a limited schedule in Harrington.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.31 square miles (130.30 km2), of which, 21.11 square miles (54.67 km2) of it is land and 29.20 square miles (75.63 km2) is water. The town is at the head of Narraguagus Bay, and situated beside Harrington Bay and Pleasant Bay on the Gulf of Maine. It is drained by Curtis Creek, the Mill River and the Harrington River.

Harrington is crossed by U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 1A. It is bordered by the towns of Milbridge to the west, Cherryfield to the northwest, Columbia to the north, and Addison to the east.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 298
1810 469 57.4%
1820 732 56.1%
1830 1,118 52.7%
1840 1,542 37.9%
1850 963 −37.5%
1860 1,130 17.3%
1870 1,142 1.1%
1880 1,290 13.0%
1890 1,150 −10.9%
1900 1,165 1.3%
1910 1,020 −12.4%
1920 1,024 0.4%
1930 865 −15.5%
1940 918 6.1%
1950 853 −7.1%
1960 717 −15.9%
1970 553 −22.9%
1980 859 55.3%
1990 893 4.0%
2000 882 −1.2%
2010 1,004 13.8%
2014 (est.) 970 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,004 people, 419 households, and 290 families living in the town. The population density was 47.6 inhabitants per square mile (18.4/km2). There were 675 housing units at an average density of 32.0 per square mile (12.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.5% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 419 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.8% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the town was 44.9 years. 21.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 31.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

Education

  • The town is home to Narraguagus High School.

Notable people

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