Hodgdon, Maine

Coordinates: 46°03′14″N 67°52′00″W / 46.05389°N 67.86667°W / 46.05389; -67.86667
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Hodgdon, Maine
Abandoned Border Station
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Location of Hodgdon, Maine
Location of Hodgdon, Maine
Coordinates: 46°03′14″N 67°52′00″W / 46.05389°N 67.86667°W / 46.05389; -67.86667
CountryUnited States
StateMaine
CountyAroostook
VillagesHodgdon Mills
Hodgdon Corners
East Hodgdon
Area
 • Total39.97 sq mi (103.52 km2)
 • Land39.82 sq mi (103.13 km2)
 • Water0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
Elevation
859.58 ft (262 m)
Population
 • Total1,290
 • Density32/sq mi (12.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
04730
Area code207
FIPS code23-33385
GNIS feature ID0582521

Hodgdon is a rural town in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The town borders the province of New Brunswick, Canada to the east and Houlton to the north. Hodgdon's population was 1,290 at the 2020 census.[2]

History[edit]

Hodgdon was incorporated in 1821. It was named for John Hodgdon, an early proprietor originally from Weare, New Hampshire.[3][4] The town was mainly settled by Scotch-Irish[5] immigrants from Northern Ireland. Hodgdon is located on the Canadian border in Southern Aroostook County and is known for its scenic views and vast farmland. A substantial portion of the Lt. Gordon Manuel Wildlife Management Area, on the South Branch Meduxnekeag River, lies in the southwestern portion of the town in the Hodgdon Mills Village.

Fall Foliage atop of Hodgdon's Westford Hill
Fall Foliage atop Hodgdon's Westford Hill
Hodgdon Welcome Sign
Hodgdon Welcome Sign

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.97 square miles (103.52 km2), of which 39.82 square miles (103.13 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1840665
185086229.6%
186096311.7%
18709892.7%
18801,08910.1%
18901,1132.2%
19001,1301.5%
19101,1532.0%
19201,070−7.2%
19301,054−1.5%
19401,0762.1%
19501,1628.0%
1960926−20.3%
19709330.8%
19801,08416.2%
19901,25716.0%
20001,240−1.4%
20101,3095.6%
20201,290−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 1,309 people, 515 households, and 372 families living in the town. The population density was 32.9 inhabitants per square mile (12.7/km2). There were 568 housing units at an average density of 14.3 per square mile (5.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.7% White, 0.1% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 515 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.8% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the town was 43.9 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.5% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.5% male and 49.5% female.

The median income for a household in the town was $55,368, and the average household income was $70,020.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,240 people, 462 households, and 359 families living in the town. The population density was 31.3 inhabitants per square mile (12.1/km2). There were 489 housing units at an average density of 12.3 per square mile (4.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.26% White, 0.48% African American, 1.21% Native American, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 462 households, out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.6% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

Education[edit]

Present Day Hodgdon Middle/High School.

Hodgdon is part of the Maine School Administrative District #70, which also includes the nearby towns of Amity, Haynesville, Linneus, Ludlow and New Limerick. Hodgdon Middle/High School, a project during the Great Depression, was built in 1938 and newly renovated in 2016.

Hodgdon High School's teams are known as the "Hodgdon Hawks" in sporting events and are a member of the Maine Principals' Association. Hodgdon High School competes in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, and Track and Field. The school has won five basketball state championships (1979, 1980, 1995, 1996, 2014). Hodgdon High School shares local rivalries with Houlton Jr/Sr High School, Greater Houlton Christian Academy & Southern Aroostook Community School.

Politics[edit]

Hodgdon is the hometown of former United States Congressman Ira G. Hersey who represented Maine's 4th congressional district from March 4, 1917 to March 3, 1929.

Hodgdon is home to State Representative Tracy Quint (HD-08) of the Maine House of Representatives.[9]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  2. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Hodgdon town, Aroostook County, Maine". Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "Hodgdon". Maine: An Encyclopedia. December 20, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 158.
  5. ^ "Irish & Scotch Irish | Maine's Aroostook County". visitaroostook.com. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "Tracy Quint". Ballotpedia. Retrieved January 15, 2023.

External links[edit]

  • Varney, George J. (1886). "Hodgdon". Gazetteer of the state of Maine. Boston: Russell.