Brighton Plantation, Maine

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Brighton Plantation is a plantation in Somerset County, Maine, United States. The population was 86 at the 2000 census.


History[edit]

The territory previously known as T2 R1 Bingham’s Kennebec Purchase was incorporated as the Town of North Hill on May 11, 1816. It was renamed Brighton on January 29, 1827. It ceded land to Athens in 1838 and 1862, and surrendered its status as a town in 1895, becoming a plantation.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the plantation has a total area of 40.0 square miles (104 km2), of which 39.3 square miles (102 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (1.68%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 722
1840 803 11.2%
1850 748 −6.8%
1860 733 −2.0%
1870 627 −14.5%
1880 585 −6.7%
1890 434 −25.8%
1900 368 −15.2%
1910 274 −25.5%
1920 293 6.9%
1930 114 −61.1%
1940 183 60.5%
1950 106 −42.1%
1960 62 −41.5%
1970 58 −6.5%
1980 74 27.6%
1990 94 27.0%
2000 86 −8.5%
2010 70 −18.6%
Est. 2014 68 [3] −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 86 people, 33 households, and 23 families residing in the plantation. The population density was 2.2 people per square mile (0.8/km²). There were 76 housing units at an average density of 1.9 per square mile (0.7/km²). The racial makeup of the plantation was 94.19% White, 1.16% Asian, and 4.65% from two or more races.

There were 33 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the plantation the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 31.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 109.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.3 males.

The median income for a household in the plantation was $27,083, and the median income for a family was $28,438. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $16,875 for females. The per capita income for the plantation was $14,281. There were 6.9% of families and 14.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 25.0% of those over 64.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 45°02′43″N 69°41′41″W / 45.04528°N 69.69472°W / 45.04528; -69.69472