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Readfield, Maine
Readfield Depot c. 1909
Readfield Depot c. 1909
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
Incorporated 1791
Villages Readfield
Kents Hill
Readfield Depot
Area
 • Total 30.95 sq mi (80.16 km2)
 • Land 29.16 sq mi (75.52 km2)
 • Water 1.79 sq mi (4.64 km2)
Elevation
226 ft (69 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,598
 • Estimate 
(2012)
2,575
 • Density 89.1/sq mi (34.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04355
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-62190
GNIS feature ID 0582693
Website Town website

Readfield (/ˈɹid fild/) is a town in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,598 at the 2010 census. Readfield is home to the Kents Hill School, a preparatory school, Maranacook Community Schools, public schools for the district, a few summer camps, and the annual Readfield Heritage Days. A popular recreation spot in central Maine, the town contains nine lakes and ponds, including Maranacook Lake, and is part of the Winthrop Lakes Region. The town of Readfield was previously named Pond Town. Readfield is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.95 square miles (80.16 km2), of which, 29.16 square miles (75.52 km2) of it is land and 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2) is water. Drained by Beaver Brook and Tingley Brook, Readfield includes the northern half of Maranacook Lake, the southern half of Torsey Pond, the southeast corner of Echo Lake, and the northeast shore of Lovejoy Pond.

The town is crossed by state routes 17, 41 and 135. It borders the town of Manchester to the east, Winthrop to the south, Wayne to the southwest, Fayette to the west, and Mount Vernon and Belgrade to the north.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 938
1810 1,396 48.8%
1820 1,511 8.2%
1830 1,884 24.7%
1840 2,037 8.1%
1850 1,985 −2.6%
1860 1,510 −23.9%
1870 1,456 −3.6%
1880 1,243 −14.6%
1890 1,176 −5.4%
1900 994 −15.5%
1910 996 0.2%
1920 911 −8.5%
1930 881 −3.3%
1940 986 11.9%
1950 1,022 3.7%
1960 1,029 0.7%
1970 1,258 22.3%
1980 1,943 54.5%
1990 2,033 4.6%
2000 2,360 16.1%
2010 2,598 10.1%
2014 (est.) 2,548 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

The occupational profile for 2000 was 585 jobs in Executive, Managerial and Professional; 218 jobs in Sales, Administration and Support; 155 jobs in service, 7 jobs in Farm and Forestry, and 232 jobs in Skilled Labor.

By a population profile estimate, in 1960 there were 1,029 residents of the town. By 1970, it had grown by 22.3% to 1,258; by 1980 it had grown 54.5% to a population of 1,943. By 1990 it had grown 4.6% to a total of 2,033, and by 2000 it grew by 16.1% for a total of 2,360. A 2007 census estimated the current population at 2,530. The best estimate for 2020 is a population of 2,850.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 2,598 people, 998 households, and 738 families living in the town. The population density was 89.1 inhabitants per square mile (34.4/km2). There were 1,293 housing units at an average density of 44.3 per square mile (17.1/km2). The racial makup of the town was 97.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7%.

Of the 998 households 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.1% were non-families. 19.6% of households were one person and 6.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the town was 43.4 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 34.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

Education

Public schools

      • Private school

Notable people

  • Christian Duguay, comic actor
  • Doug Friedman, professional ice hockey player
  • John Hubbard, physician, 22nd governor of Maine
  • Jonathan G. Hunton, 9th governor of Maine
  • Anson P. Morrill, US congressman, 24th governor of Maine
  • Mildred Brown Schrumpf, Maine food educator and columnist
  • Timothy Simons, comic actor
  • Naythen Wilson, Avant-Garde Musician/Composer
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