|• Total||48.33 sq mi (125.17 km2)|
|• Land||5.62 sq mi (14.56 km2)|
|• Water||42.71 sq mi (110.62 km2)|
|Elevation||30 ft (9 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||505|
|• Density||90.4/sq mi (34.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0582344|
Beals is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States, located on an island opposite Jonesport. The town was named after Manwaring Beal, an early settler. The population was 508 at the 2010 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.33 square miles (125.17 km2), of which, 5.62 square miles (14.56 km2) of it is land and 42.71 square miles (110.62 km2) is water. The main settlement of Beals is located on Beals Island, which is connected by a bridge across Moosabec Reach to West Jonesport on the mainland. Beals Island is connected to the southeast by a short bridge to Great Wass Island, also within the town of Beals and comprising the Great Wass Island Preserve.
As of the census of 2010, there were 508 people, 228 households, and 147 families residing in the town. The population density was 90.4 inhabitants per square mile (34.9/km2). There were 361 housing units at an average density of 64.2 per square mile (24.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.8% White, 0.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, and 0.6% from two or more races.
There were 228 households of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.5% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.69.
The median age in the town was 48.1 years. 16.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.8% were from 25 to 44; 32.6% were from 45 to 64; and 22.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 618 people, 237 households, and 188 families residing in the town. The population density was 108.7 people per square mile (42.0/km²). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 65.1 per square mile (25.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.57% White, 1.29% African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.16% Asian, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.
There were 237 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $31,458. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $24,167 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,133. About 10.6% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.
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