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Jonesport, Maine
Shorefront houses, Jonesport Maine, USA.jpg
Official seal of Jonesport, Maine
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Jonesport, Maine is located in Maine
Jonesport, Maine
Jonesport, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Washington
Incorporated February 3, 1832
Communities Jonesport
Mason Bay
Monsapec
West Jonesport
Area
 • Total 100.35 sq mi (259.91 km2)
 • Land 28.51 sq mi (73.84 km2)
 • Water 71.84 sq mi (186.06 km2)
Elevation
23 ft (7 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,245
 • Density 44/sq mi (16.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04649
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-36010
GNIS feature ID 0582537

Jonesport is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,245 at the 2020 census. Jonesport is a fishing and lobstering town. It contains the villages or hamlets of Jonesport, Mason Bay, Monsapec, and West Jonesport.

History

Looking Towards Sawyer's Cove, Jonesport, ME
View of Jonesport in 1908

Settled before the American Revolution, this was part of a grant of 48,160 acres (194.9 km2) made by the Massachusetts General Court in 1789 to John C. Jones and others. It was incorporated on March 4, 1809, as Jonesborough. On February 3, 1832, a portion of Jonesborough was set off and incorporated as Jones' Port. Then a portion of Jonesport was set off and incorporated on April 7, 1925, as the island town of Beals, accessible by bridge, built in 1958, across the Moosabec Reach.

Located on a peninsula 6 miles (9.7 km) out in the Gulf of Maine, the town's principal industries are fishing, boat building, harvesting blueberries, and tourist services. Jonesport includes many uninhabited islands which provide nesting areas for eider, cormorants, seagulls, razorbills, guillemots, loons, black scoters, grebes and eagles. There are two nature preserves: Western Brothers Island and the Great Wass Archipelago (which includes Great Wass Island), the latter shared with the town of Beals.

In 1866, a group of Christian restorationists sailed from Jonesport to Ottoman-occupied Palestine in the hope of preparing the land for the Jews to return, thereby hastening the coming of the Christian Messiah. The Maine Friendship House, a small, wooden clapboard New England-style house built by one of those families, still stands in modern Tel Aviv.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 100.35 square miles (259.91 km2), of which, 28.51 square miles (73.84 km2) of it is land and 71.84 square miles (186.06 km2) is water. Jonesport is situated on a peninsula between Chandler Bay, Wohoa Bay and the tidal Indian River, all part of the Gulf of Maine and Atlantic Ocean. Roque Island, Chandler Island, Great Spruce Island, and several others are located offshore, separating Chandler Bay from Englishman Bay.

The town is crossed by Maine State Route 187. It is bordered by the towns of Addison to the west, Jonesboro to the north, and Beals to the south.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 576
1850 826 43.4%
1860 1,148 39.0%
1870 1,305 13.7%
1880 1,917 46.9%
1890 2,124 10.8%
1900 2,074 −2.4%
1910 2,129 2.7%
1920 1,641 −22.9%
1930 1,641 0.0%
1940 1,745 6.3%
1950 1,727 −1.0%
1960 1,563 −9.5%
1970 1,326 −15.2%
1980 1,512 14.0%
1990 1,525 0.9%
2000 1,408 −7.7%
2010 1,370 −2.7%
2020 1,245 −9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,370 people, 599 households, and 384 families living in the town. The population density was 48.1 inhabitants per square mile (18.6/km2). There were 939 housing units at an average density of 32.9 per square mile (12.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 599 households, of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.69.

The median age in the town was 49 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 30.7% were from 45 to 64; and 24.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

Sites of interest

Education

Jonesport is part of the Moosabec Community School District and School Union No. 103. The three schools in the district are Beals Elementary School, Jonesport Elementary School and Jonesport-Beals High School.

Notable people

  • Marv Peasley, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
  • Dana Sawyer, professor of religion and philosophy
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