Location of Bridgewater, Maine
|• Total||38.97 sq mi (100.93 km2)|
|• Land||38.80 sq mi (100.49 km2)|
|• Water||0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)|
|Elevation||436 ft (133 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||602|
|• Density||15.7/sq mi (6.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0582367|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.97 square miles (100.93 km2), of which 38.80 square miles (100.49 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water.
This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bridgewater has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.
As of the census of 2010, there were 610 people, 263 households, and 175 families residing in the town. The population density was 15.7 inhabitants per square mile (6.1/km2). There were 326 housing units at an average density of 8.4 per square mile (3.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.7% White, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 263 households of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.5% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.90.
The median age in the town was 46.7 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.7% were from 25 to 44; 32.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 612 people, 248 households, and 173 families residing in the town. The population density was 15.8 people per square mile (6.1/km²). There were 316 housing units at an average density of 8.1 per square mile (3.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.04% White, 0.49% Native American, 0.65% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.
There were 248 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $27,679, and the median income for a family was $33,125. Males had a median income of $24,167 versus $21,190 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,534. About 12.7% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 16.5% of those age 65 or over.
History and settlement
In 1820 the State of Maine was officially separated from Massachusetts, and at that time the name Bridgewater was applied to the Township. The area north of Bangor had been previously divided into 6 mile square townships, and in 1803 the future Bridgewater Township was subdivided into two 3 mile x 6 mile areas, each designated a "grant" area to fund public academies in Portland and Bridgewater, respectively. The town of Bridgewater was incorporated on 2 March 1858.
- Jim Gerritsen, organic potato farmer and anti-GMO activist
- Colonel Gerald Evan Williams, World War II Air Force officer
Sites of interest
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
- Climate Summary for Bridgewater, Maine
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- Varney, George J. (1881). A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. Boston, MA: B. B. Russell.
- Town website
- Varney, George J. (1886), Gazetteer of the state of Maine. Bridgewater, Boston: Russell