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New Sharon, Maine
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New Sharon, Maine is located in Maine
New Sharon, Maine
New Sharon, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Franklin
Area
 • Total 46.83 sq mi (121.29 km2)
 • Land 46.19 sq mi (119.63 km2)
 • Water 0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
Elevation
289 ft (88 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,458
 • Density 32/sq mi (12.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04955
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-49345
GNIS feature ID 0582624
New Sharon ME
New Sharon

New Sharon is a town in Franklin County, Maine, incorporated in 1794. The population was 1,458 at the 2020 census. The town is roughly bisected by the Sandy River, a tributary of the Kennebec River.

Fred H. Hale, Sr., who was recognized as the world's oldest living man from March 5, 2004 to November 19, 2004, was born in the town on December 1, 1890.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.83 square miles (121.29 km2), of which, 46.19 square miles (119.63 km2) of it is land and 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2) is water.

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, New Sharon has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 359
1810 944 163.0%
1820 1,219 29.1%
1830 1,599 31.2%
1840 1,829 14.4%
1850 1,732 −5.3%
1860 1,731 −0.1%
1870 1,451 −16.2%
1880 1,306 −10.0%
1890 1,064 −18.5%
1900 946 −11.1%
1910 955 1.0%
1920 885 −7.3%
1930 750 −15.3%
1940 761 1.5%
1950 755 −0.8%
1960 712 −5.7%
1970 725 1.8%
1980 969 33.7%
1990 1,175 21.3%
2000 1,297 10.4%
2010 1,407 8.5%
2020 1,458 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,407 people, 585 households, and 405 families living in the town. The population density was 30.5 inhabitants per square mile (11.8/km2). There were 700 housing units at an average density of 15.2 per square mile (5.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 585 households, of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.8% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the town was 43.7 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 32.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

Notable people

  • Barry Longyear, author
  • Melanie Sachs, member of the Maine House of Representatives
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