Cousins Island (Maine)

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Cousins Island, Maine
Census-designated place
Cousins Island is located in Maine
Cousins Island
Cousins Island
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 43°45′45″N 70°8′25″W / 43.76250°N 70.14028°W / 43.76250; -70.14028Coordinates: 43°45′45″N 70°8′25″W / 43.76250°N 70.14028°W / 43.76250; -70.14028
Country United States
State Maine
County Cumberland
Area
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 490
 • Density 250/sq mi (96/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-08500

Cousins Island is an island in Casco Bay within the town of Yarmouth in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. It is listed as a census-designated place, with a population of 490 as of the 2010 census.[1] The CDP is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The island is connected to mainland Maine by a bridge. It is also connected to Chebeague Island by a 15-minute ferry ride on the Chebeague Transportation Company's ferry, the Islander. The island's southwestern peninsula is the site of the Wyman Energy Center, an oil-fired electric power plant capable of producing up to 823 megawatts of electricity.[2] Wyman is a peaking power plant, which means it is only fired up to operate during times of high electricity demand in the region, such as hot summer days.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.7 km2) is land and 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2), or 46.51%, is water.[3]

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