Alton, Maine

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Population in 2010: 890.
Population change since 2000: +9.1%
 
Males: 439  (49.3%)
Females: 451  (50.7%)
Median resident age:

39.3 years
Maine median age:

43.0 years

Zip codes: 04468.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $51,905 (it was $35,263 in 2000)
Alton:

$51,905
ME:

$58,924

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $24,133 (it was $14,204 in 2000)

Alton town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $134,963 (it was $67,700 in 2000)
Alton:

$134,963
ME:

$200,500

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $170,506; detached houses: $186,641; townhouses or other attached units: $165,470; in 2-unit structures: $188,869; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $447,223; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $287,906; mobile homes: $67,592; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $26,279
March 2019 cost of living index in Alton: 90.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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  • Races in Alton, ME (2010)
    • 86497.1%White alone
    • 121.3%American Indian alone
    • 40.4%Two or more races
    • 40.4%Hispanic
    • 30.3%Black alone
    • 30.3%Asian alone

Races in Alton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Maine and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Alton, Maine as of January 29, 2023.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Alton is 297 to 1.


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Ancestries: United States (17.6%), French (14.2%), English (13.8%), Irish (13.4%), French Canadian (3.9%), German (3.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/09/1844

Elevation: 170 feet

Land area: 42.4 square miles.

Population density: 21 people per square mile   (very low).

Alton, Maine map

6 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.7%
Maine:

2.9%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Alton town:

1.4% ($948)
Maine:

1.5% ($1,417)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (120.2 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (220.4 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (388.0 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities:

Hudson, ME (2.5 miles ),
Old Town, ME (2.7 miles ),
Milford, ME (2.9 miles ),
Bradford, ME (2.9 miles ),
Glenburn, ME (2.9 miles ),
Greenbush, ME (3.0 miles ),
Lagrange, ME (3.1 miles ),
Orono, ME (3.2 miles )

Latitude: 45.03 N, Longitude: 68.76 W

Area code: 207

Distribution of median household income in Alton, ME in 2019
Alton satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $96,000
  • 2003: 5 buildings, average cost: $108,000
  • 2004: 4 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2005: 5 buildings, average cost: $109,800
  • 2006: 6 buildings, average cost: $80,000
  • 2007: 11 buildings, average cost: $45,100
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $40,400
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $17,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $94,000
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $94,000
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $20,000
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $20,000
  • 2015: 1 building, cost: $20,000
  • 2016: 1 building, cost: $20,000
  • 2017: 1 building, cost: $20,000
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $20,000
  • 2019: 1 building, cost: $20,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Alton, ME residents
Average permit cost in Alton, ME
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.8%
Maine:

4.7%
Unemployment by year
Most common industries in Alton, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.1%)
  • Educational services (8.5%)
  • Construction (7.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.4%)
  • Public administration (4.5%)
  • Truck transportation (3.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (13.9%)
  • Truck transportation (7.2%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (6.3%)
  • Public administration (6.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.8%)
  • Other transportation, support activities, couriers (3.8%)
  • Health care (3.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (20.5%)
  • Educational services (13.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (9.8%)
  • Social assistance (5.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.1%)
  • Paper (3.3%)
Most common occupations in Alton, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (12.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (9.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.3%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.8%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Cashiers (5.6%)
  • Registered nurses (4.7%)

Average climate in Alton, Maine

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Alton, Maine average temperatures Alton, Maine average precipitation Alton, Maine humidity Alton, Maine wind speed Alton, Maine snowfall Alton, Maine sunshine Alton, Maine clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 59.4. This is better than average.

City:

59.4
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 32.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 6.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.7
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 5.27. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.27
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

Alton-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Maine state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 ML, Depth: 3.0 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 245.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/16/2012 at 23:12:25, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 ML, Depth: 10.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 136.3 miles away from Alton center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW) earthquake occurred 246.4 miles away from the city center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 285.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 175.9 miles away from Alton center
On 2/26/1999 at 03:38:43, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 2.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 53.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Penobscot County (19) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Snows: 5, Heavy Rains: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 2 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Alton topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Alton:

  • ORONO COMMONS (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; ORONO, ME)
  • TREATS FALLS HOUSE (Hospital, about 11 miles away; ORONO, ME)
  • ROSS MANOR (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; BANGOR, ME)
  • STILLWATER HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; BANGOR, ME)
  • ACADIA HOSPITAL,THE (Hospital, about 15 miles away; BANGOR, ME)
  • TAYLOR HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 15 miles away; BANGOR, ME)
  • ELIZABETH LEVINSON CENTER (Hospital, about 15 miles away; BANGOR, ME)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Alton:

  • University of Maine (about 10 miles; Orono, ME; Full-time enrollment: 8,931)
  • Husson University (about 14 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,421)
  • University of Maine at Augusta (about 70 miles; Augusta, ME; FT enrollment: 3,204)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 73 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,036)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (about 119 miles; Standish, ME; FT enrollment: 2,010)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 120 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 4,666)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 121 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 6,647)

Public elementary/middle school in Alton:

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Points of interest:

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Church in Alton: Alton Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Alton Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and swamps: Holland Pond (A), Lost Pond (B), Mansell Pond (C), Pickerel Pond (D), Pug Pond (E), Fitz Bog (F), Sargent Bog (G), Whitten Bog (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Greenland Brook (A), Judkins Brook (B), Dead Stream (C), Dairy Brook (D), Costigan Brook (E), Brown Brook (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Penobscot County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Alton and their reported violations in the past:

VIGNEAULTS MOBILE HOME PARK (Population served: 53, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2007 and DEC-2007, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-16-2008), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-16-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUN-10-2009), St Intentional no-action (SEP-15-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2007 and DEC-2007, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-16-2008), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-16-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUN-10-2009), St Intentional no-action (SEP-15-2011)
  • One regular monitoring violation
Average household size:
This town:

2.6 people
Maine:

2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

69.2%
Whole state:

62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

12.4%
Whole state:

9.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

12.8%
Whole state:

10.9%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

4.8%
Whole state:

4.1%

For population 15 years and over in Alton:

Marital status in Alton, ME
  • Never married: 23.5%
  • Now married: 64.2%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 2.8%
  • Divorced: 7.8%

For population 25 years and over in Alton:

  • High school or higher: 83.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.8%
  • Unemployed: 5.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
Maine average:

11.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Alton, ME (based on Penobscot County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic16,58115
Mainline Protestant9,71559
Evangelical Protestant7,52380
Other2,93622
Orthodox3001
None116,868-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 34
Penobscot County:

2.29 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 38
Penobscot County:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 85
Penobscot County:

5.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 110
Here:

7.41 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.0%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Penobscot County:

28.0%
Maine:

25.0%

4.70% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($42,368 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.70%
Maine average:

5.91%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Hancock County, ME  0.46% ($39,233 average AGI)
from Somerset County, ME  0.31% ($32,551)
from Waldo County, ME  0.30% ($35,315)


5.36% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($47,844 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.36%
Maine average:

5.73%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Cumberland County, ME  0.52% ($78,156 average AGI)
to Hancock County, ME  0.43% ($64,636)
to Waldo County, ME  0.35% ($39,428)

Strongest AM radio stations in Alton:

  • WZON (620 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WABI (910 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNZS (1340 AM; 1 kW; VEAZIE, ME; Owner: WATERFRONT COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WDEA (1370 AM; 5 kW; ELLSWORTH, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Alton:

  • WBZN (107.3 FM; OLD TOWN, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WVOM (103.9 FM; HOWLAND, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHCF (88.5 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • WQCB (106.5 FM; BREWER, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WWBX (97.1 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMEH (90.9 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEZQ (92.9 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WWMJ (95.7 FM; ELLSWORTH, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WKIT-FM (100.3 FM; BREWER, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WBFB (104.7 FM; BELFAST, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMEB-FM (91.9 FM; ORONO, ME; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM)
  • WGUY (102.1 FM; DEXTER, ME; Owner: CONCORD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WFZX (101.7 FM; SEARSPORT, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHMX (105.7 FM; LINCOLN, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • WERU-FM (89.9 FM; BLUE HILL, ME; Owner: SALT POND COMMUNITY B/C COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Alton:

  • WABI-TV (Channel 5; BANGOR, ME; Owner: COMMUNITY BROADCASTING SERVICE)
  • WMEB-TV (Channel 12; ORONO, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WLBZ (Channel 2; BANGOR, ME; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.)
  • WBGR-LP (Channel 33; BANGOR/DEDHAM, ME; Owner: MAINE FAMILY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCKD-LP (Channel 30; BANGOR/DEDHAM, ME; Owner: J. MCLEOD, ME FAMILY B/CING., INC.)
  • W66CL (Channel 66; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Alton fatal accident list:

May 19, 2017 04:24 PM, Argyle Rd, Lat: 45.045450, Lon: -68.734189, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Nov 24, 2017 07:36 AM, Sr-16 Bennoch Rd, Lat: 45.084711, Lon: -68.779019, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Nov 23, 2012 05:25 AM, I-95, Lat: 45.097808, Lon: -68.692736, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Mar 7, 2010 10:00 PM, Sr-16, Lat: 44.905436, Lon: -68.684292, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
May 26, 2008 01:17 PM, I-95, Lat: 45.033260, Lon: -68.692790, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 2
Apr 28, 2006 01:56 PM, Sr-16, Lat: 45.110890, Lon: -68.809820, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 5Number of bridges
  • 39ft / 12.4mTotal length
  • 8,682Total average daily traffic
  • 431Total average daily truck traffic
  • 12,579Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Alton)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • Alton, 27 Dolliff Road (Lat: 45.012611 Lon: -68.748389), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 103.6 m, Overall height: 104.9 m, Call Sign: WQTT331,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10895.0 MHz, 10735.0 MHz, 10895.0 MHz, 10735.0 MHz, 10895.0 MHz, 10735.0 MHz, 10895.0 MHz, 10735.0 MHz, 10895.0 MHz, 10735.0 MHz... (+35 more), Grant Date: 04/08/2014, Expiration Date: 04/08/2024, Cancellation Date: 09/17/2020, Certifier: Jessica B Lyons, Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 208 S. Akard Street, Room 2100, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: (855) 699-7073, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Alton, ME
  • 87.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 9.3%Wood
  • 1.5%Coal or coke
  • 0.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.7%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Alton, ME
  • 89.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 10.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Alton compared to Maine state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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