official_name = Strong, Maine
settlement_type = Town
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Maine
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Franklin
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 75.8
area_land_km2 = 74.4
area_water_km2 = 1.4
area_total_sq_mi = 29.3
area_land_sq_mi = 28.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.5
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1259
population_density_km2 = 16.9
population_density_sq_mi = 43.8
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 226
elevation_ft = 741
latd = 44 |latm = 48 |lats = 32 |latNS = N
longd = 70 |longm = 11 |longs = 59 |longEW = W
Strong is a town in Franklin County,
Maine, United States. The population was 1,259 at the 2000 census. The Maine Republican Partywas founded here on August 7, 1854.cite book |last= Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums |editor=Doris A. Isaacson |title=Maine: A Guide 'Down East' |year=1970 |publisher=Courier-Gazette, Inc. |location=Rockland, Me | pages = 389 ] The town was named for Caleb Strong,cite web | url=http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=2367 | title=STRONG COMMUNITY PROFILE | publisher=www.epodunk.com | accessdate=2007-04-21] Governor of Massachusettsfrom 1800 to 1807, and from 1812 to 1816 (Maine was part of Massachusettsuntil it became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820).
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.3 square miles (75.8 km²), of which, 28.7 square miles (74.4 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (1.88%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,259 people, 498 households, and 343 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 43.8 people per square mile (16.9/km²). There were 614 housing units at an average density of 21.4/sq mi (8.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.21% White, 0.16% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.
There were 498 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,568, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $26,111 versus $18,636 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $14,232. About 9.0% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.
Strong has been cited as "the Toothpick Capital of the World"cite web | url=http://ludb.clui.org/ex/i/ME3145/ | title=Toothpick Capital of the World | publisher=The Center For Land Use Interpretation | accessdate=2007-04-21] due to the productivity of the Strong Wood Products Incorporated plant, which manufactures twenty million toothpicks per day.
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