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Population in 2010: 233. Population change since 2000: +27.3%
Males: 125  (53.6%)
Females: 108  (46.4%)

Median resident age:  53.6 years
Maine median age:  43.0 years

Estimated median household income in 2012: $34,779 (it was $27,708 in 2000)
Shirley:

$34,779
ME:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $21,099

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $130,568 (it was $81,500 in 2000)
Shirley:

$130,568
ME:

$172,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $200,013; Detached houses: $213,261; Mobile homes: $108,604

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  • White alone - 232 (99.6%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.4%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Shirley: 188.9 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: English (34.4%), French (28.4%), Irish (18.0%), Scottish (10.9%), German (9.8%), United States (8.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/04/1834

Land area: 52.9 square miles.

Population density: 4.4 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Shirley:

  • High school or higher: 81.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.7%
  • Unemployed: 5.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Shirley town:

  • Never married: 14.0%
  • Now married: 69.3%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 7.3%
  • Divorced: 9.5%

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

Shirley town:  0.8% ($667)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (120.6 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (221.6 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: New York, NY (387.3 miles , pop. 8,008,278).

Nearest cities: Monson, ME (2.7 miles ), Greenville, ME (2.8 miles ), Willimantic, ME (3.6 miles) , Abbot, ME (3.6 miles ), Beaver Cove, ME (3.7 miles) , Caratunk, ME (4.1 miles) , Guilford, ME (4.1 miles ), Parkman, ME (4.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 0 buildings
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $101,700
  • 1999: 0 buildings
  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $12,500
  • 2001: 7 buildings, average cost: $121,400
  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $50,000
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $132,800
  • 2004: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2005: 5 buildings, average cost: $43,000
  • 2006: 4 buildings, average cost: $50,000
  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $70,000
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $75,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $42,600
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $37,500
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 45.35 N, Longitude: 69.63 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 207

Shirley household income distribution Shirley home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.8%
Maine:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (21%)
  • Truck transportation (13%)
  • Wood products (10%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Accommodation and food services (17%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (6%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, and souvenir, and other miscellaneous stores (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (13%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (10%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Woodworkers (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (17%)
  • Secondary school teachers (11%)
  • Cashiers (11%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Registered nurses (9%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (6%)


 
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Earthquake activity:

Shirley-area historical earthquake activity is below Maine state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 60.3 miles away from the city 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 66.8 miles away from Shirley center
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 68.5 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 69.7 miles away from the city center
On 1/3/2000 at 21:05:50, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 6.0 mi) earthquake occurred 76.5 miles away from Shirley center
On 10/25/2001 at 00:24:29, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 5.8 mi) earthquake occurred 47.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Piscataquis County (20) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Snows: 4, Snows: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Floods: 2, Blizzard: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Birthplace of: Edgar Wilson Nye - Journalist.


Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Shirley:

  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 53 miles; Farmington, ME; Full-time enrollment: 2,074)
  • Husson University (about 55 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,107)
  • University of Maine (about 57 miles; Orono, ME; FT enrollment: 9,235)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 121 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 5,629)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 122 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 2,993)
  • University of New England (about 136 miles; Biddeford, ME; FT enrollment: 3,850)
  • Plymouth State University (about 150 miles; Plymouth, NH; FT enrollment: 4,634)

Public elementary/middle school in Shirley:

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Notable location: Shirley Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Shirley: Shirley United Methodist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

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

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: West Shirley Bog (A), Bear Pond (B), Bunker Ponds (C), Lily Pond (D), Little Ordway Pond (E), Little Wilson Deadwater (F), Ordway Pond (G), Shirley Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Little Bennett Brook (A), Stricklin Brook (B), Shannon Brook (C), Lord Brook (D), Dennin Brook (E), Mud Pond Brook (F), Bunker Stream (G), Big Bennett Brook (H), Ordway Brook (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Piscataquis County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 17.0. This is significantly better than average.
City:

17.0
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 5.21. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.3 miles away from the city center.
City:

5.21
U.S.:

9.59


Average household size:
This town:  2.0 people
Maine:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  54.3%
Whole state:  62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  10.3%
Whole state:  9.4%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

3.2%
Whole state:

10.9%

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

0.0%
Whole state:

4.1%

Shirley compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly 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. (74%)
  • Wood (21%)
  • Electricity (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Shirley town (based on Piscataquis County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 33.64%
Here33.6%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) Church
Adherents36.9%23.3%12.5%9.8%4.1%
Congregations17.2%24.1%6.9%13.8%3.4%
NameEvangelical Free Church of AmericaChurch of the NazareneAssemblies of GodEpiscopal ChurchOther
Adherents3.6%3.3%3.2%1.6%1.8%
Congregations6.9%3.4%10.3%6.9%6.9%
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: 9
Piscataquis County:

5.24 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
Piscataquis County:

4.08 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
Piscataquis County:

8.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 18
Here:

10.49 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.4%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Piscataquis County:

27.5%
Maine:

25.0%

6.76% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($31,722 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.76%
Maine average:

6.39%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Penobscot County, ME  1.61% ($26,069 average AGI)
from Somerset County, ME  0.48% ($19,400)
from York County, ME  0.41% ($42,000)


6.64% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,779 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.64%
Maine average:

6.44%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Penobscot County, ME  2.28% ($26,622 average AGI)
to Somerset County, ME  0.45% ($34,500)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.38% ($26,208)

Strongest AM radio stations in Shirley:

  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WZON (620 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WABI (910 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WALE (990 AM; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, RI; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WGY (810 AM; 50 kW; SCHENECTADY, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Shirley:

  • WTOS-FM (105.1 FM; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQCB (106.5 FM; BREWER, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WGUY (102.1 FM; DEXTER, ME; Owner: CONCORD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WVOM (103.9 FM; HOWLAND, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WDME-FM (103.1 FM; DOVER-FOXCROFT, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 1 meters (3ft)
Total average daily traffic: 353
Total average daily truck traffic: 17
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 530


FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: FREEMAN MYRON PT 2 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 43579 , Serial Number: PT1162
    Registrant (Individual): Mark T Horn, Po Box 61, Shirley, ME 04485
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 08/04/1989


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