- West Paris, Maine
official_name = West Paris, Maine
settlement_type = Town
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Maine
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Oxford
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 63.2
area_land_km2 = 62.8
area_water_km2 = 0.4
area_total_sq_mi = 24.4
area_land_sq_mi = 24.2
area_water_sq_mi = 0.2
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1722
population_density_km2 = 27.4
population_density_sq_mi = 71.0
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 174
elevation_ft = 571
latd = 44 |latm = 19 |lats = 58 |latNS = N
longd = 70 |longm = 32 |longs = 40 |longEW = W
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.4 square miles (63.2 km²), of which, 24.2 square miles (62.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.66% water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,722 people, 646 households, and 461 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 71.0 people per square mile (27.4/km²). There were 720 housing units at an average density of 29.7/sq mi (11.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.78% White, 0.12% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.2% were of English, 13.7% American, 12.3% Irish, 6.5% Finnish, 6.0% French and 5.3% German ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 646 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,000, and the median income for a family was $35,714. Males had a median income of $28,958 versus $21,250 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $14,093. 16.4% of the population and 13.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 21.6% of those under the age of 18 and 15.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
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