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Litchfield, Maine
Litchfield Town Office
Litchfield Town Office
Official seal of Litchfield, Maine
Seal
Location in Kennebec County and the state of Maine.
Location in Kennebec County and the state of Maine.
Country United States
State Maine
County Kennebec
Incorporated February 18, 1798
Villages Batchelders Crossing
Litchfield Corners
Litchfield Plains
Purgatory
Area
 • Total 39.66 sq mi (102.72 km2)
 • Land 37.44 sq mi (96.97 km2)
 • Water 2.22 sq mi (5.75 km2)
Elevation
279 ft (85 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,624
 • Estimate 
(2012)
3,628
 • Density 96.8/sq mi (37.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04350
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-40175
GNIS feature ID 0582564
Website litchfieldmaine.com

Litchfield is a town in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 3,624 at the 2010 census. Litchfield is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.

Litchfield was incorporated in 1795 and was originally known as Smithfield Plantation. It is found in the 1790 census as Smithtown Plantation, Lincoln County, Maine.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.66 square miles (102.72 km2), of which, 37.44 square miles (96.97 km2) of it is land and 2.22 square miles (5.75 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 1,044
1810 1,847 76.9%
1820 2,120 14.8%
1830 2,308 8.9%
1840 2,293 −0.6%
1850 2,100 −8.4%
1860 1,702 −19.0%
1870 1,506 −11.5%
1880 1,310 −13.0%
1890 1,126 −14.0%
1900 1,057 −6.1%
1910 964 −8.8%
1920 815 −15.5%
1930 773 −5.2%
1940 722 −6.6%
1950 953 32.0%
1960 1,011 6.1%
1970 1,222 20.9%
1980 1,954 59.9%
1990 2,650 35.6%
2000 3,110 17.4%
2010 3,624 16.5%
2014 (est.) 3,604 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,624 people, 1,441 households, and 1,036 families living in the town. The population density was 96.8 inhabitants per square mile (37.4/km2). There were 1,861 housing units at an average density of 49.7 per square mile (19.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.0% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 1,441 households, of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.1% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the town was 43 years. 21.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 34.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Education

Litchfield has consolidated its school system and along with Sabbatus and Wales is part of Regional School Unit (RSU) #4. Libby Tozier and Sabattus Primary schools serve Grades Pre-K-2. Carrie Ricker School serves Grades 3–5. Oak Hill Middle School serves Grades 6–8. Oak Hill High School serves Grades 9-12 and is located in Wales.

Notable people

  • David C. Burr, state legislator (1820-1827)
  • Andrew Tozier, Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (born in Monmouth)
  • Avery Yale Kamila, journalist and community organizer
  • Ormandel Smith, state legislator, Maine State Treasurer and Secretary of State of Maine
  • James Franklin Ware, Wisconsin state legislator
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