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Swanville, Maine
Location of Swanville (in yellow) in Waldo County and the state of Maine
Location of Swanville (in yellow) in Waldo County and the state of Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Waldo
Area
 • Total 21.64 sq mi (56.05 km2)
 • Land 19.72 sq mi (51.07 km2)
 • Water 1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)
Elevation
364 ft (111 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,388
 • Estimate 
(2012)
1,378
 • Density 70.4/sq mi (27.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04915
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-75525
GNIS feature ID 0582758

Swanville is a town in Waldo County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,388 at the 2010 census.

History

The town of Swanville lies within the Muscongus Patent of 1630, which from 1720 was known as the Waldo Patent. It was incorporated on February 19, 1818 (or 1819), following a petition made in November 1816 by James Leach and 37 others. Before that time, it was known variously as "The Plantation of Swan", "Swan's Plantation", and "Swan's Tract". Late 19th century industries included farming, brick-making, soap-making, and quarrying. The Oak Hill Quarry opened in 1872, producing a dark blue-gray granite that was used for paving stones.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.64 square miles (56.05 km2), of which, 19.72 square miles (51.07 km2) of it is land and 1.92 square miles (4.97 km2) is water. The two largest water bodies in the town are Swan Lake (1364 acres, some of which is in the towns of Searsport and Frankfort), and Toddy Pond (160 acres, some of which is in the town of Brooks.

The Town of Swanville has a dam owned and operated by Maine Hydro, now known as Goose River Hydro, Inc., which also owns the water rights. In 1979 an agreement was brokered between the towns of Swanville, Frankfort, Searsport and Goose River Hydro, Inc. The agreement covers water levels as well as Goose River Hydro's responsibility for dam and land around it. In the late 19th century, the dam was operated by the Belfast Paper Mill Company and used only intermittently.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 503
1830 633 25.8%
1840 919 45.2%
1850 944 2.7%
1860 914 −3.2%
1870 770 −15.8%
1880 703 −8.7%
1890 689 −2.0%
1900 502 −27.1%
1910 467 −7.0%
1920 396 −15.2%
1930 365 −7.8%
1940 373 2.2%
1950 437 17.2%
1960 514 17.6%
1970 487 −5.3%
1980 873 79.3%
1990 1,130 29.4%
2000 1,357 20.1%
2010 1,388 2.3%
2014 (est.) 1,376 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,388 people, 558 households, and 368 families residing in the town. The population density was 70.4 inhabitants per square mile (27.2/km2). There were 793 housing units at an average density of 40.2 per square mile (15.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.3% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 558 households of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the town was 40.2 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 33.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

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