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Mount Chase, Maine
Town
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Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
Area
 • Total 37.73 sq mi (97.72 km2)
 • Land 36.65 sq mi (94.92 km2)
 • Water 1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
Elevation 886 ft (270 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 201
 • Estimate (2012) 200
 • Density 5.5/sq mi (2.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04765
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-47560
GNIS feature ID 0582610

Mount Chase is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 201 at the 2010 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.73 square miles (97.72 km2), of which, 36.65 square miles (94.92 km2) of it is land and 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2) is water. It is heavily forested and includes scenic lakes. It is situated 10 miles from Patten and 15 miles from the north entrance to Baxter State Park. Katahdin is visible from many locations.

Mt. Chase

Mt. Chase is a peak of volcanic origin with a height of 2440 feet.

Upper Shin Pond

Upper Shin Pond is a large lake of 544 acres with a maximum depth of 64 feet.

Lower Shin Pond

Lower Shin Pond is a large lake measuring 560 acres with a maximum depth of 25 feet.

History

The land surrounding Mt. Katahdin is believed to have been utilized by Penobscot and Maliseet peoples for thousands of years. Local names for peaks, waterways, and other landmarks reflect this heritage.

The town of Mount Chase acquired its name from its prominent mountain peak, described above. Its first permanent residents are dated to 1838, although two families are included in the 1837 Maine Census. In 1860 the population was 250, and in 1862 it was organized and renamed the Mount Chase Plantation. On March 2, 1864, it became the town of Mount Chase. In 1880 it had 310 residents; in 1900 there were 299.

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, the railroad extended its lines along the Penobscot River from Bangor to Mattawamkeag. An 1882 history described Mount Chase as located "on the stage line from the European & North American Railroad at Mattawamkeag to Fort Kent in the extreme north of the State, on the St John." Residents and tourists could now take advantage of the 50-mile stage route from Mattawamkeag to Mount Chase, and supplies could be shipped in and goods or wild game out more readily.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 262
1880 310 18.3%
1890 284 −8.4%
1900 299 5.3%
1910 227 −24.1%
1920 239 5.3%
1930 210 −12.1%
1940 198 −5.7%
1950 250 26.3%
1960 179 −28.4%
1970 197 10.1%
1980 233 18.3%
1990 254 9.0%
2000 247 −2.8%
2010 201 −18.6%
Est. 2014 199 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 201 people, 94 households, and 57 families residing in the town. The population density was 5.5 inhabitants per square mile (2.1/km2). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 8.1 per square mile (3.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.0% White, 0.5% African American, 3.0% Asian, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 94 households of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 1.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.4% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the town was 50.1 years. 18.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17% were from 25 to 44; 41.3% were from 45 to 64; and 20.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 55.2% male and 44.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 247 people, 104 households, and 76 families residing in the town. The population density was 6.8 people per square mile (2.6/km²). There were 238 housing units at an average density of 6.6 per square mile (2.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.38% White, 0.40% African American, and 1.21% from two or more races.

There were 104 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.3% were married couples living together, 1.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% 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 2.73.

In the town, the population was spread out with 17.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 38.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 112.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,705, and the median income for a family was $27,031. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $16,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,930. About 27.3% of families and 27.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under the age of eighteen and 43.6% of those sixty five or over.

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