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For Lincoln Plantation in Oxford County, see Lincoln Plantation, Mainemarker.

Lincoln is a town in Penobscot Countymarker, Mainemarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 5,221 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Maine's sixth governor, Enoch Lincoln.

Notable Residents

Lincoln was the hometown of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Gary Gordon who was killed in action at the Battle of Mogadishumarker in 1993.

Lincoln is also the birthplace of Ernest Shurtleff Holmes (1887-1960), founder of the Religious Science movement.

Miss Maine 1977, Terry Gilpatrick, was from Lincoln.

U.S. Congressman and 'lumber baron' Samuel F. Hersey started his business career in Lincoln before moving to Bangor. Hersey donated the money used to build the Bangor Public Library


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 74.8 square miles (193.9 km²), of which, 67.9 square miles (175.9 km²) of it is land and 6.9 square miles (17.9 km²) of it (9.26%) is water. Lincoln is one of the Largest Township East of the Mississippi River in the United States.


As of the census of 2000, there were 5,221 people, 2,108 households, and 1,475 families residing in the town. The population density was 76.9 people per square mile (29.7/km²). There were 2,661 housing units at an average density of 39.2/sq mi (15.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.35% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

There were 2,108 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,823, and the median income for a family was $35,295. Males had a median income of $33,179 versus $21,286 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,730. About 13.6% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


The Lincoln News is designed, produced, and printed in Lincoln, Maine; and serves as its local newspaper.The web site serves, among other things, as the local internet news and high school sports source.


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