official_name = Canaan, Maine
settlement_type = Town
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Maine
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Somerset
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 109.0
area_land_km2 = 106.5
area_water_km2 = 2.5
area_total_sq_mi = 42.1
area_land_sq_mi = 41.1
area_water_sq_mi = 1.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 2017
population_density_km2 = 18.9
population_density_sq_mi = 49.1
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 72
elevation_ft = 236
latd = 44 |latm = 45 |lats = 56 |latNS = N
longd = 69 |longm = 33 |longs = 25 |longEW = W
Canaan is a town in Somerset County,
Maine, United States. The population was 2,017 at the 2000 census.
Canaan was the birthplace of Rev.
Harrison D. Barrett(1864-1911), the first president of the National Spiritualist Association, editor of the spiritualist newspaper "Banner of Light", and an author of books on spiritualism. Barrett was also president of the spiritualist summer meeting Camp Etnain nearby Etna, Maine. There is a stone memorial to Barrett in Barrett Park in Canaan.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.1 square miles (109.0 km²), of which, 41.1 square miles (106.5 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it (2.30%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,017 people, 777 households, and 570 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 49.1 people per square mile (18.9/km²). There were 979 housing units at an average density of 23.8/sq mi (9.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.87% White, 0.05% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.
There were 777 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $29,397, and the median income for a family was $31,818. Males had a median income of $27,000 versus $19,018 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $13,870. About 16.4% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.
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