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Ripley, Maine
Ripley, Maine is located in Maine
Ripley, Maine
Ripley, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Somerset
Area
 • Total 25.01 sq mi (64.78 km2)
 • Land 24.61 sq mi (63.74 km2)
 • Water 0.40 sq mi (1.04 km2)
Elevation
512 ft (156 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 484
 • Density 20/sq mi (7.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-62995
GNIS feature ID 0582696

Ripley is a town in Somerset County, Maine, United States. The community was named after Brigadier General Eleazer Wheelock Ripley of the War of 1812. The population was 484 at the 2020 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.01 square miles (64.78 km2), of which, 24.61 square miles (63.74 km2) of it is land and 0.40 square miles (1.04 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 325
1830 644 98.2%
1840 591 −8.2%
1850 641 8.5%
1860 655 2.2%
1870 584 −10.8%
1880 550 −5.8%
1890 478 −13.1%
1900 449 −6.1%
1910 434 −3.3%
1920 383 −11.8%
1930 394 2.9%
1940 331 −16.0%
1950 389 17.5%
1960 317 −18.5%
1970 297 −6.3%
1980 439 47.8%
1990 445 1.4%
2000 452 1.6%
2010 488 8.0%
2020 484 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 488 people, 217 households, and 139 families living in the town. The population density was 19.8 inhabitants per square mile (7.6/km2). There were 316 housing units at an average density of 12.8 per square mile (4.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.6% White, 0.2% African American, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 217 households, of which 21.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.65.

The median age in the town was 49.1 years. 18.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 38.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.

Notable people

  • Grenville C. Emery, founder of the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles
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