Roxbury, Maine facts for kids
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Ellis Pond in 1906
|• Total||44.13 sq mi (114.30 km2)|
|• Land||42.91 sq mi (111.14 km2)|
|• Water||1.22 sq mi (3.16 km2)|
|Elevation||725 ft (221 m)|
|• Density||8/sq mi (3.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0582702|
Originally known as Township No. 7, it was first settled about 1809. It was incorporated as a town on March 17, 1835, and named after Roxbury, Massachusetts. Farmers grew hay and raised livestock. Set on an intervale surrounded by the Western Maine Mountains, Roxbury was noted in the 19th century for abundant forests and mineral deposits. The Swift River falls provided water power for watermills, and industries included a sawmill, gristmill, shingle mill and shoe factory. In 1837, the population was 182. By 1859, it had grown to 246. The Rumford Falls & Rangeley Lakes Railroad was completed in 1896, carrying freight, tourists and "rusticators" up the Swift River valley through Roxbury to Mooselookmeguntic Lake.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.13 square miles (114.30 km2), of which, 42.91 square miles (111.14 km2) of it is land and 1.22 square miles (3.16 km2) is water. Roxbury is drained by the Swift River, a tributary of the Androscoggin River. Ellis Pond (also called Roxbury Pond or Silver Lake, a part of which lies in Byron) is in the northwest.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 369 people, 181 households, and 113 families living in the town. The population density was 8.6 inhabitants per square mile (3.3/km2). There were 430 housing units at an average density of 10.0 per square mile (3.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.9% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander, and 0.3% from two or more races.
There were 181 households, of which 13.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.6% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.45.
The median age in the town was 52.9 years. 11.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 13.8% were from 25 to 44; 47.1% were from 45 to 64; and 22.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.1% male and 46.9% female.
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