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Mount Vernon, Maine
Motto(s): 
"Life in a small town USA"
Location in Kennebec County and the state of Maine
Location in Kennebec County and the state of Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Kennebec
Villages Mount Vernon
Dunns Corner
West Mount Vernon
Area
 • Total 43.42 sq mi (112.46 km2)
 • Land 37.90 sq mi (98.16 km2)
 • Water 5.52 sq mi (14.30 km2)
Elevation
518 ft (158 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,721
 • Density 45/sq mi (17.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04352
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-47770
GNIS feature ID 0582612
Website Town of Mount Vernon, Maine

Mount Vernon is a town in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,721 at the 2020 census. Mount Vernon is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area. A popular recreation spot in central Maine, the northern area of Mount Vernon is part of the Belgrade Lakes Region, while the southern area is part of the Winthrop Lakes Region.

History

Mount Vernon was incorporated on June 28, 1792, and was named for George Washington's Virginia estate.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.42 square miles (112.46 km2), of which, 37.90 square miles (98.16 km2) of it is land and 5.52 square miles (14.30 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 740
1810 1,098 48.4%
1820 1,293 17.8%
1830 1,439 11.3%
1840 1,475 2.5%
1850 1,479 0.3%
1860 1,464 −1.0%
1870 1,252 −14.5%
1880 1,170 −6.5%
1890 940 −19.7%
1900 906 −3.6%
1910 898 −0.9%
1920 745 −17.0%
1930 755 1.3%
1940 653 −13.5%
1950 653 0.0%
1960 596 −8.7%
1970 680 14.1%
1980 1,021 50.1%
1990 1,362 33.4%
2000 1,524 11.9%
2010 1,640 7.6%
2020 1,721 4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,640 people, 693 households, and 487 families living in the town. The population density was 43.3 inhabitants per square mile (16.7/km2). There were 1,107 housing units at an average density of 29.2 per square mile (11.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 693 households, of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.7% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the town was 45.7 years. 20.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 35.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Education

Mount Vernon is part of the Maranacook Central School District in Regional School Unit 38. Donna Wolfram is the Superintendent of Schools.

The Maranacook Community School system includes Manchester Elementary School, Mount Vernon Elementary School, Readfield Elementary School, Wayne Elementary School, Maranacook Community Middle School and Maranacook Community High School.

Notable people

  • Joseph W. Allen, state legislator
  • Joseph Payne, musician
  • John H. Rice, U.S. congressman
  • Moses Sherburne, politician and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice
  • John L. Stevens, U.S. diplomat and Republican Party founder
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