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Minot, Maine
Location of Minot (in yellow) in Androscoggin County and the state of Maine
Location of Minot (in yellow) in Androscoggin County and the state of Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Androscoggin
Incorporated 1802
Villages Minot
Center Minot
West Minot
Area
 • Total 29.75 sq mi (77.05 km2)
 • Land 29.57 sq mi (76.59 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
Elevation
669 ft (204 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,607
 • Estimate 
(2012)
2,609
 • Density 88.2/sq mi (34.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04258
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-46160
GNIS feature ID 0582599
Website minotme.org

Minot is a town in Androscoggin County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,607 at the 2010 census. The town includes the villages of West Minot and Minot Center. It is part of both the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine metropolitan statistical area and the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine metropolitan New England city and town area.

History

Present-day Minot was part of Bakerstown Plantation, granted in 1765 by the Massachusetts General Court to Captain Thomas Baker and his company of soldiers for their services to the state at the 1690 Battle of Quebec. It replaced a 1736 grant at what is now Salisbury, New Hampshire, ruled invalid in 1741 because of a prior claim from the descendants of John Mason. In 1795, Bakerstown Plantation was incorporated as Poland, named after Chief Poland, a noted local Indian sachem. On February 18, 1802, the northeastern part of Poland was set off as Minot, named after George Richards Minot (judge) (1758–1802), historian and judge of the General Court who had aided in the town's incorporation.

The first settler was Moses Emery from Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1772. At that time there were several Indians of the Anasagunticook tribe living in the immediate area. The surface of the town is uneven, in some parts hilly, but with good soil for agriculture, the principal early occupation. Mills were erected at various water power sites, and products included lumber, clapboards, shingles, boxes, shooks and barrel staves. There was also manufacturing in leather, particularly boots, shoes, saddles and harnesses. In 1842, land was set off to form Auburn, to which more land was ceded in 1873. Mechanic Falls, the industrial village astride the border with Poland, was set off in 1893. The population in 1859 was 1,734. Today, Minot is gradually transitioning into a bedroom community of the cities of Auburn and Lewiston.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.75 square miles (77.05 km2), of which 29.57 square miles (76.59 km2) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) is water. Minot is drained by the Little Androscoggin River.

The town is crossed by state routes 11, 119 and 124. It is bordered by the towns of Oxford and Hebron to the northwest, Turner to the north, Auburn to the east, and Poland to the south, and Mechanic Falls to the southwest.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,020
1820 2,524 25.0%
1830 2,904 15.1%
1840 3,550 22.2%
1850 1,734 −51.2%
1860 1,799 3.7%
1870 1,569 −12.8%
1880 1,763 12.4%
1890 1,355 −23.1%
1900 808 −40.4%
1910 786 −2.7%
1920 726 −7.6%
1930 635 −12.5%
1940 674 6.1%
1950 750 11.3%
1960 780 4.0%
1970 919 17.8%
1980 1,631 77.5%
1990 1,664 2.0%
2000 2,248 35.1%
2010 2,607 16.0%
2014 (est.) 2,590 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,607 people, 1,001 households, and 757 families living in the town. The population density was 88.2 inhabitants per square mile (34.1/km2). There were 1,056 housing units at an average density of 35.7 per square mile (13.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 1,001 households, of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.4% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the town was 42.3 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 32.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.

Education

Minot is part of Regional School Unit #16. Kenneth Healey is the Acting Superintendent of Schools.

Schools in this district include Elm Street School, Minot Consolidated School, Poland Community School, Whittier Middle School and Poland Regional High School.

Notable people

  • William P. Bartlett, Wisconsin State Assemblyman
  • Emma Bedelia Dunham (1826–1910), poet
  • Ellen Hamlin, wife of Vice President of the United States Hannibal Hamlin
  • Samuel G. Hilborn, US congressman from California
  • William Ladd, first president of the American Peace Society
  • Crosby Stuart Noyes, owner and publisher of the Washington Evening Star
  • Francis Slattery, naval commander
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