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Bangor, Maine

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Bangor is a city located in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 31,473. It is the county seat of Penobscot CountyTemplate:GR. In the 19th century it was a center of the timber and logging business and at one point late in the century was said to be the richest city per capita in the world. Many of the timber barons of the time lived in elaborate Victorian houses that still stand on West Broadway. The city is home to author Stephen King, who lives in one of those ornate houses. It is noteworthy for its large number of substantial old churches, as well as its imposing canopy of shade trees. It was once known as "The Queen City of the East."

Bangor has hosted the National Folk Festival from 2002-2004. Bus transit throughout Bangor is offered by the Bangor Area Transit system while air travel is available at Bangor International Airport(BGR).

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Name origin

In 1791, settlers from the area decided to incorporate into a town. The Reverent Seth Noble promoted the name Sunbury, and went to Boston with the settler's petion (at the time, Maine was part of Massachusetts). Noble was whistling a Welsh hymn written by Tans'ur called "Bangor" when the Boston official asked him what he wanted the town's name to be. Noble, thinking that the official was asking him the name of the hymn, replied, "Bangor."

Geography

Bangor is located at 44°48'39" North, 68°46'59" West (44.810870, -68.783012)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 90.0 km² (34.7 mi²). 89.2 km² (34.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.86% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 31,473 people, 13,713 households, and 7,185 families residing in the city. The population density is 352.7/km² (913.7/mi²). There are 14,587 housing units at an average density of 163.5/km² (423.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.96% White, 1.02% African American, 0.98% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 13,713 households out of which 26.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.0% are married couples living together, 12.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.6% are non-families. 37.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.12 and the average family size is 2.81.

In the city the population is spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $29,740, and the median income for a family is $42,047. Males have a median income of $32,314 versus $23,759 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,295. 16.6% of the population and 11.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 16.9% of those under the age of 18 and 13.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Famous Bangorians

Bangor is the hometown of Hannibal Hamlin, who served as Abraham Lincoln's vice president, and of William Cohen, U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton. Also residing there is Stephen King, the prolific and internationally popular author best known for his horror-themed stories, novels, and movies. His wife, Tabitha Spruce-King, is also a well-known writer and lives with him. They donate a substantial amount of money to local libraries and hospitals and have funded a baseball stadium, Mansfield Stadium, and the Beth Pancoe Pool, both adjacent to Hayford Park, for the citizens, especially the children, of the city to use. The well-known painter and Bohemian character Waldo Peirce was born in Bangor and lived there for a number of years.

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State of Maine

Capital:

Augusta

Regions:

Down East | Maine Atlantic Coast | Maine Highlands | North Woods | Western Maine Mountains

Largest cities:

Auburn | Augusta | Bangor | Bath | Belfast | Biddeford | Brewer | Caribou | Ellsworth | Houlton | Kittery | Lewiston | Millinocket | Old Orchard Beach | Old Town | Orono | Portland | Presque Isle | Rockland | Rumford | Saco | Sanford | South Portland | Topsham | Waterville | Westbrook

Counties:

Androscoggin | Aroostook | Cumberland | Franklin | Hancock | Kennebec | Knox | Lincoln | Oxford | Penobscot | Piscataquis | Sagadahoc | Somerset | Waldo | Washington | York

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