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West Gardiner, Maine
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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
Villages Browns Corner
Frenchs Corner
Spears Corner
Area
 • Total 27.07 sq mi (70.11 km2)
 • Land 24.63 sq mi (63.79 km2)
 • Water 2.44 sq mi (6.32 km2)
Elevation
240 ft (73 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,671
 • Density 149/sq mi (57.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04345
Area code(s) 207 Exchange: 724
FIPS code 23-82945
GNIS feature ID 0582806

West Gardiner is a town in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 3,671 at the 2020 census. West Gardiner 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 27.07 square miles (70.11 km2), of which, 24.63 square miles (63.79 km2) of it is land and 2.44 square miles (6.32 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,294
1870 1,044 −19.3%
1880 977 −6.4%
1890 853 −12.7%
1900 693 −18.8%
1910 629 −9.2%
1920 553 −12.1%
1930 627 13.4%
1940 867 38.3%
1950 946 9.1%
1960 1,144 20.9%
1970 1,435 25.4%
1980 2,113 47.2%
1990 2,513 18.9%
2000 2,902 15.5%
2010 3,474 19.7%
2020 3,671 5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,474 people, 1,368 households, and 983 families living in the town. The population density was 141.0 inhabitants per square mile (54.4/km2). There were 1,556 housing units at an average density of 63.2 per square mile (24.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 1,368 households, of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.1% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the town was 42.1 years. 22.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 32.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

Notable people

  • Earle McCormick, state senator; lived in West Gardiner
  • John Frank Stevens, chief engineer on the Panama Canal (1905–1907); born in West Gardiner
  • William H. Stevens, architect; born in West Gardiner
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