Stow, Maine

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Population in 2010: 385.
Population change since 2000: +33.7%
Males: 201  (52.2%)
Females: 184  (47.8%)
Median resident age:

44.0 years
Maine median age:

43.0 years

Zip codes: 04051.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $35,751 (it was $27,125 in 2000)
Stow:

$35,751
ME:

$53,079

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $20,111 (it was $15,122 in 2000)

Stow town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $160,312 (it was $92,300 in 2000)
Stow:

$160,312
ME:

$184,700

Mean prices in 2016: all housing units: $178,623; detached houses: $194,613; townhouses or other attached units: $178,642; in 2-unit structures: $204,664; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $196,031; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $237,144; mobile homes: $69,449; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $99,368
  • Races in Stow, ME (2010)
    • 37697.7%White alone
    • 51.3%Two or more races
    • 30.8%Black alone
    • 10.3%American Indian alone

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

March 2016 cost of living index in Stow: 95.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (56.3%), Irish (14.2%), Scottish (11.1%), German (4.5%), French (4.2%), Italian (4.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 01/28/1833

Elevation: 434 feet

Land area: 24.4 square miles.

Population density: 16 people per square mile   (very low).

Stow,ME real estate house value index trend

Stow, Maine map

2 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.7%
Maine:

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

1.4% ($1,273)
Maine:

1.5% ($1,417)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (51.0 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (129.9 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (274.9 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities:

Chatham, NH (1.9 miles ),
Lovell, ME (2.0 miles ),
Stoneham, ME (2.7 miles ),
Sweden, ME (3.1 miles ),
Jackson, NH (3.1 miles ),
North Conway, NH (3.5 miles ),
Fryeburg, ME (3.5 miles ),
Waterford, ME (3.6 miles )
.

Latitude: 44.20 N, Longitude: 70.98 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 603

Distribution of median household income in Stow, ME in 2016
Stow satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 1998: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 1999: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2001: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2004: 17 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2005: 15 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2006: 13 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2007: 10 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2008: 7 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2010: 7 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2013: 6 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2014: 6 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2015: 6 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2016: 6 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2017: 6 buildings, average cost: $138,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Stow, ME residents
Average permit cost in Stow, ME
Most common industries in Stow, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Food & beverage stores (12.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.0%)
  • Educational services (11.3%)
  • Construction (10.5%)
  • Health care (7.5%)
  • Metal & metal products (6.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (17.7%)
  • Educational services (11.4%)
  • Metal & metal products (10.1%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.6%)
  • Computer & electronic products (7.6%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (7.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Food & beverage stores (20.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (20.4%)
  • Health care (14.8%)
  • Educational services (11.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.3%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.6%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (3.7%)
Most common occupations in Stow, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Teachers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school (9.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.3%)
  • Religious workers (4.5%)
  • Cashiers (3.8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.8%)
  • Registered nurses (3.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Teachers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school (8.9%)
  • Religious workers (7.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.1%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Teachers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school (11.1%)
  • Registered nurses (9.3%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (9.3%)
  • Cashiers (9.3%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (5.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)

Average climate in Stow, Maine

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Stow, Maine average temperatures Stow, Maine average precipitation Stow, Maine humidity Stow, Maine wind speed Stow, Maine snowfall Stow, Maine sunshine Stow, Maine clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 64.3. This is about average.

City:

64.3
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2001 was 3.15. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 13.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.15
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 36.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 6.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

36.0
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Stow-area historical tornado activity is above Maine state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/31/1971, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 40.1 miles away from the Stow town center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 7/31/1971, a category F2 tornado 41.6 miles away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Stow-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Maine state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 137.1 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 168.2 miles away from Stow center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 57.5 miles away from Stow center
On 8/21/1996 at 07:54:14, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 18.7 miles away from the city center
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) earthquake occurred 140.5 miles away from the city center
On 6/16/1995 at 12:13:11, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 47.0 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 Oxford County (29) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 22
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 18, Storms: 15, Snows: 7, Hurricanes: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Stow topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Stow:

  • FRYEBURG HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; FRYEBURG, ME)
  • VN AND HSP CARE SVC OF N CAR CTY (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; NORTH CONWAY, NH)
  • HICKS NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; FRYEBURG, ME)
  • MERRIMAN HOUSE (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; NORTH CONWAY, NH)
  • MINERAL SPRINGS OF NORTH CONWAY CARE AND REHABILIT (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; NORTH CONWAY, NH)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Stow:

  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (about 36 miles; Standish, ME; Full-time enrollment: 2,010)
  • Plymouth State University (about 47 miles; Plymouth, NH; FT enrollment: 4,838)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 51 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 6,647)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 53 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,036)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 54 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 4,666)
  • University of New England (about 60 miles; Biddeford, ME; FT enrollment: 4,539)
  • University of Maine at Augusta (about 60 miles; Augusta, ME; FT enrollment: 3,204)

Private high school in Stow:

  • SUMMIT ACHIEVEMENT (Students: 15, Location: 69 DEER HILL RD, Grades: 8-12)

Points of interest:

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Cemeteries: Emerson Cemetery (1), Smith Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Shell Pond (A), McDonough Brook (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Little Cold River (A), Shell Pond Brook (B), McDonough Brook (C), Mosquito Brook (D), Colton Brook (E), Bickford Brook (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Birthplace of: Chester Emerson - Baseball player.

Oxford 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 Stow and their reported violations in the past:

SUMMIT ACHIEVEMENT (Population served: 38, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (DEC-12-2006), St Public Notif requested (FEB-20-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-20-2007), St Compliance achieved (AUG-29-2011)
Average household size:
This town:

2.5 people
Maine:

2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

73.2%
Whole state:

62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

7.4%
Whole state:

9.4%


No gay or lesbian households reported

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

6.1%
Whole state:

10.9%
17 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional) in 2010

For population 15 years and over in Stow:

Marital status in Stow, ME
  • Never married: 8.9%
  • Now married: 67.0%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 16.8%

For population 25 years and over in Stow:

  • High school or higher: 75.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.1%
  • Unemployed: 1.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.5
Maine average:

11.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Stow, ME (based on Oxford County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,7087
Mainline Protestant3,08545
Evangelical Protestant3,04537
Other71914
None47,276-
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: 14
Here:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

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

0.35 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 13
Here:

2.29 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 45
Oxford County:

7.94 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 53
This county:

9.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Oxford County:

7.6%
State:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

25.6%
Maine:

25.0%

6.21% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($42,450 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.21%
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 Androscoggin County, ME  1.20% ($32,764 average AGI)
from Cumberland County, ME  1.19% ($36,805)
from York County, ME  0.54% ($32,443)


5.61% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($39,213 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.61%
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 Androscoggin County, ME  1.18% ($36,929 average AGI)
to Cumberland County, ME  1.06% ($36,518)
to York County, ME  0.46% ($31,327)

Strongest AM radio stations in Stow:

  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WMTW (870 AM; 10 kW; GORHAM, ME; Owner: RADIO PARTNERS OF MAINE, L.P.)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WGAN (560 AM; 5 kW; PORTLAND, ME; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF NEW ENGLAND, LLC)
  • WBNC (1050 AM; 1 kW; CONWAY, NH; Owner: MT. WASHINGTON RADIO & GRAMOPHONE, L.L.C.)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGIN (930 AM; 10 kW; ROCHESTER, NH; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WLAM (1470 AM; 5 kW; LEWISTON, ME; Owner: RADIO PARTNERS OF MAINE, L.P.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Stow:

  • WPKQ (103.7 FM; NORTH CONWAY, NH; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHOM (94.9 FM; MT. WASHINGTON, NH; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMEA (90.1 FM; PORTLAND, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WSCY (106.9 FM; MOULTONBOROUGH, NH; Owner: NORTHEAST COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WVFM (105.7 FM; CAMPTON, NH; Owner: DEVON BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WBLM (102.9 FM; PORTLAND, ME; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WLOB-FM (96.3 FM; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: ATLANTIC COAST RADIO, LLC)
  • WTBM (100.7 FM; MEXICO, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGMT (97.7 FM; LYNDON, VT; Owner: VERMONT BROADCAST ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WMTK (106.3 FM; LITTLETON, NH; Owner: VERMONT BROADCAST ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WTOS-FM (105.1 FM; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMWV (93.5 FM; CONWAY, NH; Owner: MT. WASHINGTON RADIO & GRAMOPHONE, L.L.C.)
  • WXXS (102.3 FM; LANCASTER, NH; Owner: BARRY P. LUNDERVILLE)
  • WVMJ (104.5 FM; CONWAY, NH; Owner: MT. WASHINGTON RADIO & GRAMOPHONE, L.L.C.)
  • WTHT (107.5 FM; LEWISTON, ME; Owner: RADIO PARTNERS OF MAINE, L.P.)
  • WJBQ (97.9 FM; PORTLAND, ME; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WOXO-FM (92.7 FM; NORWAY, ME; Owner: TRI-COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Stow:

  • WMTW-TV (Channel 8; POLAND SPRING, ME; Owner: WMTW BROADCAST GROUP, LLC)
  • WCSH (Channel 6; PORTLAND, ME; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.)
  • WGME-TV (Channel 13; PORTLAND, ME; Owner: WGME LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WMEA-TV (Channel 26; BIDDEFORD, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 5Number of bridges
  • 23ft / 6.5mTotal length
  • 1,416Total average daily traffic
  • 69Total average daily truck traffic
  • 2,266Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

6
  • Call Sign: KB1LRN, Licensee ID: L00552110, Grant Date: 10/06/2004, Expiration Date: 10/06/2014, Cancellation Date: 11/13/2004, Certifier: Marcell D Bernier, Registrant: Marcel D Bernier, 302 Stow Rd, Stow, ME 04037
  • Call Sign: W1WAY, Previous Call Sign: KB1LRN, Licensee ID: L00552110, Grant Date: 11/13/2004, Expiration Date: 11/13/2014, Cancellation Date: 06/03/2005, Certifier: Marcel D Bernier, Registrant: Marcel D Bernier, 302 Stow Rd, Stow, ME 04037
  • Call Sign: W1MDB, Previous Call Sign: W1WAY, Licensee ID: L00552110, Grant Date: 06/03/2005, Expiration Date: 06/03/2015, Cancellation Date: 05/24/2008, Certifier: Marcel D Bernier, Registrant: Marcel D Bernier, 302 Stow Rd, Stow, ME 04037
  • Call Sign: K1COD, Previous Call Sign: W1MDB, Licensee ID: L00552110, Grant Date: 05/24/2008, Expiration Date: 05/24/2018, Cancellation Date: 12/22/2009, Certifier: Marcel D Bernier, Registrant: Marcel D Bernier, 302 Stow Rd, Stow, ME 04037
  • Call Sign: KC1BLX, Licensee ID: L01853100, Grant Date: 03/27/2014, Expiration Date: 03/27/2024, Certifier: James L Smith, Registrant: James L Smith, 576 Stow Rd, Stow, ME 04037
  • Call Sign: KC1BNR, Licensee ID: L01854660, Grant Date: 04/02/2014, Expiration Date: 04/02/2024, Certifier: Susan T Smith, Registrant: Susan T Smith, 576 Stow Rd, Stow, ME 04037

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Stow, ME
  • 69.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 19.1%Wood
  • 11.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Stow, ME
  • 45.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 36.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 18.2%Wood


Stow compared to Maine state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below 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.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
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