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Medway, Maine
Motto(s): 
Gateway to Maine's North Woods
Medway, Maine is located in Maine
Medway, Maine
Medway, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
Area
 • Total 41.14 sq mi (106.55 km2)
 • Land 41.00 sq mi (106.19 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Elevation
305 ft (93 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,187
 • Density 29/sq mi (11.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04460
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-45005
GNIS feature ID 0582590

Medway is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,187 at the 2020 census.

History

One of the largest water powered sawmills then on the Penobscot River was built in Medway in 1820 by Gen. Boyd, who owned half the township. A second large mill was built soon after near what is now Medway Center, attracting settlers. Sawmills remained there as late as the 1920s. Boyd originally incorporated the town as "Kilmarnock", but the name was changed to Medway in 1854.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.14 square miles (106.55 km2), of which, 41.00 square miles (106.19 km2) of it is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water. The town is at the confluence of the East and West Branches of the Penobscot River

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 415
1880 628 51.3%
1890 653 4.0%
1900 279 −57.3%
1910 489 75.3%
1920 390 −20.2%
1930 406 4.1%
1940 623 53.4%
1950 725 16.4%
1960 1,266 74.6%
1970 1,491 17.8%
1980 1,871 25.5%
1990 1,922 2.7%
2000 1,489 −22.5%
2010 1,349 −9.4%
2020 1,187 −12.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,349 people, 576 households, and 400 families living in the town. The population density was 32.9 inhabitants per square mile (12.7/km2). There were 658 housing units at an average density of 16.0 per square mile (6.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2%.

Of the 576 households 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 24.1% of households were one person and 10.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the town was 47.8 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.8% were from 25 to 44; 37.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

Historic buildings

The Congregational Church of Medway (1874), designed and built by Mansford Cushman, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Education

East Millinocket Schools operates public schools serving the community. Medway Middle School is located in Medway. Opal Myrick Elementary School and Schenck High School occupy one campus in East Millinocket.

Notable people

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