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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 2012: $42,855 (it was $35,263 in 2000)
Alton:

$42,855
ME:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,061

Alton town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $118,169 (it was $67,700 in 2000)
Alton:

$118,169
ME:

$172,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $110,577; Detached houses: $144,021; Townhouses or other attached units: $163,419; Mobile homes: $64,488

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Alton races chart
  • White alone - 864 (97.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 12 (1.3%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (0.4%)
  • Hispanic - 4 (0.4%)
  • Black alone - 3 (0.3%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.3%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Alton: 156.8 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

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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).

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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

For population 15 years and over in Alton town:

  • Never married: 23.5%
  • Now married: 64.2%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 2.8%
  • Divorced: 7.8%

6 residents are foreign born

This town:  0.7%
Maine:  3.3%



According to our research of Maine and other state lists there were 6 registered sex offenders living in Alton, Maine as of October 24, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Alton to the number of sex offenders is 146 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Alton town:  1.4% ($948)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)
Alton satellite photo by USGS

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+: New York, NY (397.1 miles , pop. 8,008,278).

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 ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $96,000
  • 2003: 5 buildings, average cost: $108,000
  • 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

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 45.03 N, Longitude: 68.76 W

Area code: 207

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.4%
Maine:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Truck transportation (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Other transportation, and support activities, and couriers (4%)
  • Educational services (3%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Paper (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (12%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)

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Earthquake activity:

Alton-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Maine state average. It is 73% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 56.0 miles away from the city 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 Alton center
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 32.5 miles away from the city center
On 9/16/1994 at 07:01:54, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 33.2 miles away from the city center
On 10/25/2001 at 00:24:29, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 5.8 mi) earthquake occurred 12.7 miles away from Alton center
On 1/17/2000 at 08:16:20, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 10.1 mi) earthquake occurred 88.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Penobscot County (17) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 7, Floods: 6, Snows: 4, Heavy Rains: 2, Floods: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Alton topographic map

Hospitals/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)

Political contributions by individuals in Alton, ME

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Alton:

  • University of Maine (about 10 miles; Orono, ME; Full-time enrollment: 9,235)
  • Husson University (about 15 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,107)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 73 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,074)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 120 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 2,993)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 121 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 5,629)
  • University of New England (about 136 miles; Biddeford, ME; FT enrollment: 3,850)
  • Plymouth State University (about 170 miles; Plymouth, NH; FT enrollment: 4,634)

Public elementary/middle school in Alton:

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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
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 34.4. This is about average.
City:

34.4
U.S.:

32.0
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2002 was 3.57. This is about average. There were 13 monitors within city limits.
City:

3.57
U.S.:

3.97
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 13.2. This is significantly better than average. There were 10 monitors within city limits.
City:

13.2
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.2. This is about average. There were 11 monitors within city limits.
City:

10.2
U.S.:

9.6

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

VIGNEAULTS MOBILE HOME PARK (Population served: 53, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-12-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-12-2003), St Public Notif received (JAN-09-2004), St Compliance achieved (JAN-10-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-20-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-20-2003), St Compliance achieved (JAN-10-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-29-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-29-2003), St Public Notif received (OCT-09-2003), St Compliance achieved (JAN-10-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-02-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-02-2003), St Public Notif received (SEP-11-2003), St Compliance achieved (JAN-10-2005)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 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%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Alton, ME

Alton compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage 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.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (88%)
  • Wood (8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • Coal or coke (1%)
  • Electricity (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Alton town (based on Penobscot County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 33.68%
Here33.7%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchUnited Church of ChristAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAEpiscopal Church
Adherents57.6%9.9%5.0%4.6%2.5%
Congregations13.6%14.4%10.6%10.6%4.5%
Name Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentNational Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesJewishLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents2.5%2.1%2.0%1.6%12.0%
Congregations0.8%4.5%2.3%2.3%36.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables 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%

5.79% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,325 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.79%
Maine average:

6.39%

0.18% of residents moved from foreign countries ($499 average AGI)
Penobscot County:

0.18%
Maine average:

0.12%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Hancock County, ME  0.46% ($28,576 average AGI)
from Aroostook County, ME  0.36% ($26,056)
from Somerset County, ME  0.34% ($27,144)


5.79% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,588 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.79%
Maine average:

6.44%

0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($335 average AGI)
Penobscot County:

0.07%
Maine average:

0.07%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Cumberland County, ME  0.48% ($31,894 average AGI)
to Hancock County, ME  0.46% ($39,561)
to Waldo County, ME  0.38% ($34,254)

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:

Mar 7, 2010 10:00 PM, Sr-16, Lat: 44.90543611, Lon: -68.68429167, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
May 26, 2008 01:17 PM, I-95, Lat: 45.033258, Lon: -68.692789, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 2
Apr 28, 2006 01:56 PM, Sr-16, Lat: 45.110892, Lon: -68.809822, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 5
Total length: 12 meters (39ft)
Total average daily traffic: 8,656
Total average daily truck traffic: 820
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 12,547


FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • Fred W Greaves, Off Tannery Rd (Lat: 45.009722 Lon: -68.747500), Type: 105.0, Structure height: 23019 m, Overall height: 105 m
    Registrant: 2142953533, Normanphilips@townsquaremedia.Com, 2304 WEST I-20, SUITE 180
  • Off Tannery Rd (Lat: 45.009722 Lon: -68.747500), Type: 105.0, Overall height: 105 m
    Registrant: 2079474487, Cfoster@allhitvideos.Com, 727 HAMMOND ST
  • Off Tannery Rd (Lat: 45.009722 Lon: -68.747500), Type: 105.0, Overall height: 105 m
    Registrant: 4146152880, Terry.Baun@cumulusb.Com, 111 E. KILBOURN AVE, STE 2700

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 1072E , Serial Number: 976-77, Year manufactured: 1977, Airworthiness Date: 04/13/1977
    Registrant (Individual): John D Ellis, 3406 Bennoch Rd, Alton, ME 04468
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 150G (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-200 SERIES (100 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 3049S , Serial Number: 15066949, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 06/29/1967
    Registrant (Individual): Roger D Parady, 2979 Bennoch Rd, Alton, ME 04468


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3
  • Hazardous Condition: 2

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