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Bangor, Maine

Bangor is a city located in Penobscot County, Maine. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 31,473. It is the county seat of Penobscot County6.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Famous Bangorians


Bangor is located at 44°48'39" North, 68°46'59" West (44.810870, -68.783012)1.

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.


As of the census 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 people living in poverty, 16.9% are under the age of 18 and 13.1% are 65 or older.

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 King, is also a well known writer and lives with him. They donate a tremendous amount of money to local libraries and have created a baseball field in their backyard for the city to use.