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West Bath, Maine
New Meadows Inn, New Meadows River, 1915
New Meadows Inn, New Meadows River, 1915
West Bath, Maine is located in Maine
West Bath, Maine
West Bath, Maine
Location in Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Sagadahoc
Incorporated 1844
Area
 • Total 15.00 sq mi (38.85 km2)
 • Land 11.80 sq mi (30.82 km2)
 • Water 3.20 sq mi (8.03 km2)
Elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,910
 • Density 161/sq mi (62.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04530
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-81930
GNIS feature ID 0582801

West Bath is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,910 at the 2020 census. A sub-locality of West Bath is Winnegance. West Bath is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area.

History

Winnegance Carrying Place, located between Winnegance Creek on the Kennebec River and Winnegance Bay on the New Meadow River, was a busy canoe portage for the Kennebec Abenaki Indians. The area was first a portion of Georgetown, incorporated in 1716, then of Bath, incorporated in 1781. West Bath was set off and incorporated as a town on February 14, 1844. When the population was 603 in 1858, industries included a gristmill, sawmill and clapboard, shingle and lath machines. West Bath is today a suburb of Bath and Brunswick.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.00 square miles (38.85 km2), of which, 11.90 square miles (30.82 km2) of it is land and 3.10 square miles (8.03 km2) is water. Situated on part of a peninsula, West Bath is drained by Winnegance Creek and the New Meadows River estuary.

The town is crossed by U. S. Route 1. It borders the city of Bath to the northeast, town of Phippsburg to the southeast, and (separated by the New Meadows River) is near the towns of Harpswell to the southwest, and Brunswick to the northwest.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 603
1860 400 −33.7%
1870 373 −6.7%
1880 315 −15.5%
1890 307 −2.5%
1900 291 −5.2%
1910 230 −21.0%
1920 313 36.1%
1930 277 −11.5%
1940 353 27.4%
1950 578 63.7%
1960 766 32.5%
1970 836 9.1%
1980 1,309 56.6%
1990 1,716 31.1%
2000 1,798 4.8%
2010 1,877 4.4%
2020 1,910 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,877 people, 817 households, and 570 families residing in the town. The population density was 157.7 inhabitants per square mile (60.9/km2). There were 1,116 housing units at an average density of 93.8 per square mile (36.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.2% White, 0.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 817 households, of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.2% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.69.

The median age in the town was 47.7 years. 19.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.1% were from 25 to 44; 36.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Site of interest

Education

West Bath is home to one elementary school, West Bath Elementary School.

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