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Lisbon, Maine
Main Street c. 1914
Main Street c. 1914
Official seal of Lisbon, Maine
Location of the town of Lisbon (in yellow) in Androscoggin County and the state of Maine
Location of the town of Lisbon (in yellow) in Androscoggin County and the state of Maine
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Coordinates: 44°1′21″N 70°4′47″W / 44.02250°N 70.07972°W / 44.02250; -70.07972Coordinates: 44°1′21″N 70°4′47″W / 44.02250°N 70.07972°W / 44.02250; -70.07972
Country United States
State Maine
County Androscoggin
Incorporated June 22, 1799
Villages Lisbon
Lisbon Center
Lisbon Falls
 • Total 23.82 sq mi (61.69 km2)
 • Land 22.82 sq mi (59.10 km2)
 • Water 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
200 ft (61 m)
 • Total 9,009
 • Estimate 
 • Density 394.8/sq mi (152.4/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
04250, 04252
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-40035
GNIS feature ID 0582563

Lisbon is a town in Androscoggin County, Maine. The population was 9,009 at the 2010 census. It is included in both the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine metropolitan statistical area and the Lewiston–Auburn, Maine Metropolitan New England city and town area. The town of Lisbon includes the villages of Lisbon and Lisbon Falls.


The community was originally part of Bowdoin, a township within the Kennebec Purchase. But because travel to attend town meetings was difficult, on June 22, 1799 the General Court of Massachusetts divided Bowdoin in two to create Thompsonborough. Residents, however, soon grew dissatisfied with the long name. Consequently, it would be renamed in 1802 as Lisbon, after Lisbon in Portugal. In 1808, Lisbon annexed the remainder of Little River Plantation (part of the Pejepscot Purchase) as Lisbon Falls. In 1840, part of Lisbon was set off as Webster.

With fertile and easily cultivated soil, farming was an early industry. Sawmills and gristmills were built using water power from the streams. Larger brick mills followed to manufacture textiles. In 1864, the Worumbo Mill was established to produce woolens, and would remain a principal employer until it burned in 1987. Today, the small mill town is largely a bedroom community for companies like Bath Iron Works and L.L.Bean and increasingly for people working in the Portland area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.82 square miles (61.69 km2), of which 22.82 square miles (59.10 km2) is land and 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2) is water. Lisbon is drained by the Sabattus River, Little River and Androscoggin River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 1,614
1820 2,240 38.8%
1830 2,423 8.2%
1840 1,532 −36.8%
1850 1,495 −2.4%
1860 1,376 −8.0%
1870 2,014 46.4%
1880 2,641 31.1%
1890 3,120 18.1%
1900 3,603 15.5%
1910 4,116 14.2%
1920 4,091 −0.6%
1930 4,002 −2.2%
1940 4,123 3.0%
1950 4,318 4.7%
1960 5,042 16.8%
1970 6,544 29.8%
1980 8,769 34.0%
1990 9,457 7.8%
2000 9,077 −4.0%
2010 9,009 −0.7%
2014 (est.) 8,883 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: Lisbon Falls, Maine

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,009 people, 3,696 households, and 2,477 families living in the town. The population density was 394.8 inhabitants per square mile (152.4/km2). There were 3,948 housing units at an average density of 173.0 per square mile (66.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.2% White; 0.6% African American; 0.5% Native American; 0.5% Asian; 0.3% from other races; and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 3,696 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 49.4% were married couples living together; 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present,; 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals; and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the town was 39.4 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 28.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

Pop Culture

Lisbon, Maine was featured in the Hulu television series "11-22-1963", as the hometown of the lead character, Jake Epping.


The Lisbon School Department includes three schools: Lisbon Community School, Philip W. Sugg Middle School and Lisbon High School.

Rick Green is the Superintendent of Schools.

Notable people

  • Dale J. Crafts, state legislator
  • William Dunn, sailor
  • Howard Gerrish, author and teacher
  • John Gould, columnist
  • Louis A. Jack, state legislator and President of the Maine Board of Trade
  • Stephen King, writer
  • Garrett Mason, state legislator
  • Gina Mason, state legislator
  • Greg Moore, hockey forward
  • James Tierney, politician
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