Readfield Depot c. 1909
Location in Kennebec County and the state of Maine.
|• Total||30.95 sq mi (80.16 km2)|
|• Land||29.16 sq mi (75.52 km2)|
|• Water||1.79 sq mi (4.64 km2)|
|Elevation||226 ft (69 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,575|
|• Density||89.1/sq mi (34.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0582693|
Readfield (/ˈɹid fild/) is a town in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,598 at the 2010 census. Readfield is home to the Kents Hill School, a preparatory school, Maranacook Community Schools, public schools for the district, a few summer camps, and the annual Readfield Heritage Days. A popular recreation spot in central Maine, the town contains nine lakes and ponds, including Maranacook Lake, and is part of the Winthrop Lakes Region. The town of Readfield was previously named Pond Town. Readfield is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.95 square miles (80.16 km2), of which, 29.16 square miles (75.52 km2) of it is land and 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2) is water. Drained by Beaver Brook and Tingley Brook, Readfield includes the northern half of Maranacook Lake, the southern half of Torsey Pond, the southeast corner of Echo Lake, and the northeast shore of Lovejoy Pond.
The town is crossed by state routes 17, 41 and 135. It borders the town of Manchester to the east, Winthrop to the south, Wayne to the southwest, Fayette to the west, and Mount Vernon and Belgrade to the north.
Readfield's municipal government's Town Manager is Eric Dyer. The type of government is a town meeting and five selectmen. The municipal facilities include a volunteer fire department, a small water system in the village, and private sewer.
The occupational profile for 2000 was 585 jobs in Executive, Managerial and Professional; 218 jobs in Sales, Administration and Support; 155 jobs in service, 7 jobs in Farm and Forestry, and 232 jobs in Skilled Labor.
By a population profile estimate, in 1960 there were 1,029 residents of the town. By 1970, it had grown by 22.3% to 1,258; by 1980 it had grown 54.5% to a population of 1,943. By 1990 it had grown 4.6% to a total of 2,033, and by 2000 it grew by 16.1% for a total of 2,360. A 2007 census estimated the current population at 2,530. The best estimate for 2020 is a population of 2,850.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,598 people, 998 households, and 738 families residing in the town. The population density was 89.1 inhabitants per square mile (34.4/km2). There were 1,293 housing units at an average density of 44.3 per square mile (17.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 998 households of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.1% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.92.
The median age in the town was 43.4 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 34.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,360 people, 867 households, and 673 families residing in the town. The population density was 80.8 people per square mile (31.2/km²). There were 1,148 housing units at an average density of 39.3 per square mile (15.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.71% White, 0.08% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.
25% of Readfield residents report English ancestry, 12% French, 12% Irish, 8% German, 4% French Canadian, 4% Italian, 3% Scottish, 3% Swedish, 2% Scotch-Irish, 2% American Indian, 2% Norwegian, 1% Polish, 1% Arab, 1% Danish, 1% Swiss, 1% Lebanese, 1% Welsh and 1% Canadian.
There were 867 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $48,893, and the median income for a family was $51,890. Males had a median income of $37,981 versus $27,971 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,707. About 4.6% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.
- Maranacook Area Schools
Site of interest
- Readfield Historical Society & Museum, which contains historical artifacts, documents and pictures related to the history of the Town of Readfield. Officers for RHS are: President Florence Drake, Vice President Dr. Allyson Handley, Treasurer Lee Hepfner and Secretary Kathryn Woodsum. Historian is Evelyn Potter and Genealogist is Doreen Crocker.
- Christian Duguay, comic actor
- Timothy Simons, comic actor
- John Hubbard, physician, 22nd governor of Maine
- Jonathan G. Hunton, 9th governor of Maine
- Anson P. Morrill, US congressman, 24th governor of Maine
- Mildred Brown Schrumpf, Maine food educator and columnist
- "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.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Maranacook Area Schools