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Orono is a town in Penobscot Countymarker, Mainemarker, United Statesmarker. It was first settled in 1774 and named in honor of Chief Joseph Orono of the Penobscot Nation. It is home to The University of Mainemarker. The population was 9,114 at the 2000 census.


Orono is located at about 44.8998 degrees latitude, -68.67444 degrees longitude. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.8 square miles (51.2 km²), of which, 18.2 square miles (47.2 km²) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 7.94% water. The town is divided by the Stillwater River, a branch of the Penobscot River, with part occupying part of Marsh Island, which is surrounded by the Penobscot and the Stillwater, and the other part on the mainland.


Mill Street businesses in downtown Orono

As of the census of 2000, the town had a population of 9,112 people, 2,691 households, and 1,291 families residing in the town. The population density is 500.3 people per square mile (193.2/km²). There are 2,899 housing units at an average density of 159.2/sq mi (61.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.54% White, 1.38% Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

There were 2,691 households out of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.0% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town the population was spread out with 11.9% under the age of 18, 47.9% from 18 to 24, 17.1% from 25 to 44, 13.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,619, and the median income for a family was $52,714. Males had a median income of $35,923 versus $24,943 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,813. About 10.3% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under the age of 18 and 6.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Location of town of Orono in state of Maine

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Orono town offices


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