Belgrade is a town in Kennebec County, Maine, United States.
The population was 2,978 at the 2000 census
. Belgrade's population,
however, approximately doubles during the summer months as
part-year residents return to seasonal camps located on the shores
Pond, Long Pond and Messalonskee Lake.
includes the villages of North Belgrade, Belgrade Depot and
Belgrade Lakes (or The Village).
The land was originally owned by the Plymouth Company
, from which inhabitants
obtained their titles. Called Washington Plantation, it was first
settled in 1774 by Philip Snow from New Hampshire. On February 3,
1796, it was incorporated as Belgrade, named
after Belgrade, Serbia.
surface of the town is uneven, much of it covered by water in the
form of a connected chain of lakes. The largest lake is Great Pond, which dominates the town. Agriculture
became the chief occupation of the
inhabitants, with potatoes
Outlets of the ponds provided water
. In 1859, there was a
factory and spool
factory, as well as several sawmills
1886, there were also factories that made rakes
and boxes. With the arrival of the railroad
, Belgrade developed into a tourist resort
and lakeside cottages. The Belgrade Hotel, designed by noted
Portland architect John
Calvin Stevens, was built at Belgrade Lakes.
was an annual summertime destination for the writers E.B. White
and Ernest Thompson
. The latter's sojourns at
Great Pond inspired his 1979 play On Golden Pond
, which was made
into the Academy Award–winning
movie, On Golden
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of
57.9 square miles (150.0 km²), of which, 43.2 square
miles (112.0 km²) of it is land and 14.7 square miles
(38.0 km²) of it (25.32%) is water. Belgrade is drained by the
The town is crossed by 11
, 135 and 225
. It borders the towns of Smithfield to the northeast, Oakland and Sidney to the east, Manchester and Readfield to the south, Mount Vernon to the southwest, and Rome to the
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,978
people, 1,178 households, and 876 families residing in the town.
The population density
people per square mile (26.6/km²). There were 2,007 housing units
at an average density of 46.4/sq mi (17.9/km²). The racial
makeup of the town was 98.69% White
, 0.10% African American
, 0.13% Pacific Islander
, 0.03% from
, and 0.74%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.47% of the
There were 1,178 households out of which 34.8% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples
living together, 8.2% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families.
18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age
of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to
64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $39,053, and the
median income for a family was $42,321. Males had a median income
of $32,226 versus $24,962 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$20,407. About 8.4% of families and 9.6% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 11.3%
of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
Belgrade is largely a commuter town
but there is also a lumber factory owned by Hammond Lumber which
provides around 80 jobs.