|• Total||23.16 sq mi (59.98 km2)|
|• Land||5.38 sq mi (13.93 km2)|
|• Water||17.78 sq mi (46.05 km2)|
|Elevation||62 ft (19 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||599|
|• Density||112.6/sq mi (43.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0582737|
Cape Newagen, at the southern tip of the island, was an early European fishing outpost. Southport was part of Boothbay until it separated on February 12, 1842. Originally called Townshend after Lord Townshend, the name was changed to Southport in 1850.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.16 square miles (59.98 km2), of which, 5.38 square miles (13.93 km2) of it is land and 17.78 square miles (46.05 km2) is water. Southport is on Southport Island in the mouth of the Sheepscot River. The Town of Southport constitutes the whole of Southport Island.
As of the census of 2010, there were 606 people, 316 households, and 195 families residing in the town. The population density was 112.6 inhabitants per square mile (43.5 /km2). There were 1,051 housing units at an average density of 195.4 per square mile (75.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.
There were 316 households of which 14.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.38.
The median age in the town was 60.1 years. 12% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 13% were from 25 to 44; 35.6% were from 45 to 64; and 37% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 684 people, 331 households, and 218 families residing in the town. The population density was 127.0 people per square mile (49.0/km²). There were 912 housing units at an average density of 169.3 per square mile (65.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.83% White, 0.58% Asian, and 0.58% from two or more races.
There were 331 households out of which 19.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.52.
In the town the population was spread out with 14.6% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 15.4% from 25 to 44, 35.7% from 45 to 64, and 30.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $52,750. Males had a median income of $35,500 versus $24,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,481. About 4.2% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.
Sites of interest
- Ralph H. Cameron, US senator and congressman
- Rachel Carson, marine biologist, nature writer
- Wilder Hobson, writer, editor
- Hart Day Leavitt, teacher, jazz musician
- Gustaf Tenggren, illustrator
- Claggett Wilson, painter
- "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.
- Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums (1970). Doris A. Isaacson, ed. Maine: A Guide 'Down East'. Rockland, Me: Courier-Gazette, Inc. p. 325.
- Coolidge, Austin J.; John B. Mansfield (1859). A History and Description of New England. Boston, Massachusetts. p. 310.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Francis Byron Greene, History of Boothbay, Southport and Boothbay Harbor, Maine 1623-1905; Portland, Maine 1906
- Town of Southport, Maine
- Southport Memorial Library
- Boothbay Region Historical Society
- Epodunk profile
- Maine Genealogy: Southport, Lincoln County, Maine