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Mount Desert, Maine
Village of Northeast Harbor
Village of Northeast Harbor
Official seal of Mount Desert, Maine
Seal
Country United States
State Maine
County Hancock
Settled 1762
Incorporated (town) February 17, 1789
Villages Hall Quarry
Northeast Harbor
Otter Creek
Pretty Marsh
Seal Harbor
Somesville
Area
 • Total 54.88 sq mi (142.14 km2)
 • Land 36.88 sq mi (95.52 km2)
 • Water 18.00 sq mi (46.62 km2)
Elevation
180 ft (55 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,053
 • Estimate 
(2012)
2,057
 • Density 55.7/sq mi (21.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04660
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-47630
GNIS feature ID 0582611
Website mtdesert.org
Mount Desert, ME, Town Hall IMG 2155
Mount Desert Town Hall

Mount Desert is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,053 at the 2010 census. Incorporated in 1789, the town currently encompasses the villages of Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, Hall Quarry, and Pretty Marsh.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 54.88 square miles (142.14 km2), of which 36.88 square miles (95.52 km2) is land and 18.00 square miles (46.62 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 744
1800 721 −3.1%
1810 1,047 45.2%
1820 1,349 28.8%
1830 1,603 18.8%
1840 1,887 17.7%
1850 782 −58.6%
1860 916 17.1%
1870 918 0.2%
1880 1,017 10.8%
1890 1,355 33.2%
1900 1,600 18.1%
1910 1,569 −1.9%
1920 1,497 −4.6%
1930 2,022 35.1%
1940 2,047 1.2%
1950 1,776 −13.2%
1960 1,663 −6.4%
1970 1,659 −0.2%
1980 2,063 24.4%
1990 1,899 −7.9%
2000 2,109 11.1%
2010 2,053 −2.7%
2014 (est.) 2,068 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,053 people, 984 households, and 586 families living in the town. The population density was 55.7 inhabitants per square mile (21.5/km2). There were 2,287 housing units at an average density of 62.0 per square mile (23.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.1% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 984 households, of which 20.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.64.

The median age in the town was 50.7 years. 16.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.2% were from 25 to 44; 37.8% were from 45 to 64; and 21.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

Education

Mount Desert is part of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System.

Schools in the district include Mount Desert Island High School, Conners Emerson School, Trenton Elementary School, Pemetic Elementary School, Frenchboro Elementary School, Tremont Consolidated School, Mount Desert Elementary School, Swan's Island Elementary School and Islesford Elementary School.

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