Gouldsboro, Maine

Gouldsboro is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States on the Schoodic Peninsula. The town has many historically separate fishing and summer visitor villages, including Birch Harbor, Prospect Harbor, and Corea. The population was 1,941 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 100.8 square miles (261.0 km²), of which, 46.1 square miles (119.4 km²) of it is land and 54.7 square miles (141.6 km²) of it (54.24%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,941 people, 801 households, and 539 families residing in the town. The population density was 42.1 people per square mile (16.3/km²). There were 1,328 housing units at an average density of 28.8/sq mi (11.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.39% White, 0.67% African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.85% of the population.

There were 801 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,542, and the median income for a family was $43,864. Males had a median income of $25,076 versus $19,563 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,203. About 7.0% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

  • Amy Clampitt a poet who summered here for 20 years
  • General David Cobb,a politician who was president of the Massachusetts Senate and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts resided here from 1796 to his death
  • Marsden Hartley was an American painter and poet in the early 20th century who lived the last part of his life with Forrest and Katie Young in Corea.
  • Louis A. Meyer is an American author and artist.


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