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Perry, Maine
45th Parallel, Perry, Maine.jpg
Motto(s): 
"Halfway Between the Equator and the North Pole"
Perry, Maine is located in Maine
Perry, Maine
Perry, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Washington
Area
 • Total 42.06 sq mi (108.93 km2)
 • Land 29.27 sq mi (75.81 km2)
 • Water 12.79 sq mi (33.13 km2)
Elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 802
 • Density 27/sq mi (10.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04667
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-58165
GNIS feature ID 0582672
Website Town of Perry, Maine

Perry is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States, on the Canada–United States border. At the 2020 census, the town had a population of 802.

History

General View of Perry, ME
Perry c. 1910
Arne Duncan and Sally Jewell in Perry, Maine
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (far left) and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (far right) visit Beatrice Rafferty School in Perry in 2014

Once part of Plantation T1 TS, the area was settled in 1758 by John Frost, who built a trading post beside the St. Croix River. Situated on Passamaquoddy Bay, the town was incorporated on February 12, 1818, even as the British held Eastport 6 miles (10 km) away. It was named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812. Part of the community lies within the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.06 square miles (108.93 km2), of which, 29.27 square miles (75.81 km2) of it is land and 12.79 square miles (33.13 km2) is water. Located beside Passamaquoddy Bay, Perry is drained by the St. Croix River.

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 407
1830 735 80.6%
1840 1,008 37.1%
1850 1,324 31.3%
1860 1,195 −9.7%
1870 1,149 −3.8%
1880 1,047 −8.9%
1890 945 −9.7%
1900 1,245 31.7%
1910 1,153 −7.4%
1920 1,046 −9.3%
1930 992 −5.2%
1940 713 −28.1%
1950 613 −14.0%
1960 564 −8.0%
1970 878 55.7%
1980 737 −16.1%
1990 758 2.8%
2000 847 11.7%
2010 889 5.0%
2020 802 −9.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 889 people, 362 households, and 253 families living in the town. The population density was 30.4 inhabitants per square mile (11.7/km2). There were 551 housing units at an average density of 18.8 per square mile (7.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 85.5% White, 10.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 362 households, of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.1% were non-families. 22.7% 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 2.46 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the town was 44 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 34.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Notable people

  • Emma Nutt, world's first female Telephone Operator
  • Kevin Raye, president of the Maine State Senate
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