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Milford, Maine
Town
Motto(s): 
"Best Little Town by a Dam Site..."
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot County
Area
 • Total 45.80 sq mi (118.62 km2)
 • Land 45.63 sq mi (118.18 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,070
 • Estimate 
(2012)
3,055
 • Density 67.3/sq mi (26.0/km2)
Time zone UTC+5 (Eastern)
ZIP code
04461
Area code(s) 207

Milford is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. It is located across the Penobscot River from the city of Old Town. The population of Milford was 3,070 at the 2010 census. The town's slogan is the "Best little town by a dam site," referring to the Milford Dam abutting Milford on the Penobscot River, south of the Penobscot Indian Island Reservation.

History

Milford was the site of a major 19th century water powered sawmill on the Penobscot River. Most of its lumber was shipped from nearby Bangor. The large Bodwell Water Power Co. sawmills (1889), owned by Maine Governor Joseph Robinson Bodwell, burned in 1891, almost taking the village with it. The present Bodwell Water Power Co. plant, also known as the Milford Plant of Bangor Hydro, was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Wallace C. Johnson, a civil engineer who also worked on hydro-power projects at Niagara Falls.

The Milford Congregational Church, designed and built by Asa T. Wing, is also listed on the National Register.

The town was also home to the Milford Air Force Auxiliary Airfield for a number of years.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.80 square miles (118.62 km2), of which, 45.63 square miles (118.18 km2) of it is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water.

The Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is located in Milford.

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Milford has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 474
1850 687 44.9%
1860 744 8.3%
1870 827 11.2%
1880 734 −11.2%
1890 835 13.8%
1900 838 0.4%
1910 967 15.4%
1920 1,128 16.6%
1930 1,203 6.6%
1940 1,264 5.1%
1950 1,435 13.5%
1960 1,572 9.5%
1970 1,828 16.3%
1980 2,160 18.2%
1990 2,884 33.5%
2000 2,950 2.3%
2010 3,070 4.1%
2014 (est.) 3,037 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: Milford (CDP), Maine

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,070 people, 1,289 households, and 819 families residing in the town. The population density was 67.3 inhabitants per square mile (26.0/km2). There were 1,385 housing units at an average density of 30.4 per square mile (11.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.7% White, 0.6% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 1,289 households of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.5% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% 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 2.81.

The median age in the town was 39.7 years. 18.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 30.5% were from 45 to 64; and 12.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

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