Raymond is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States.
The population was 4,299 at the 2000 census
. It is a summer
recreation area and is part of the Portland–South
Portland–Biddeford, Maine Metropolitan
Statistical Area. Raymond Neck is the landing for the ferry to the town of Frye Island in Sebago
Raymondtown Plantation was granted in 1767 by
the Massachusetts General
Court to the descendants of Captain William Raymond of Beverly, Massachusetts and his militia.
Meadow Road in c.
was the second attempt to repay the troop (or heirs) for service
under Governor Sir William Phipps
during the Battle of Quebec
in 1690. A
township had been awarded them in 1735 called Beverly-Canada (now
Hampshire), but in
1741 descendants of John Mason proved a
The township at Sebago Lake was given to the Beverly Proprietors as
compensation. It was first settled in 1770 by Captain
Joseph Dingley and Dominicus Jordan of Cape
Elizabeth, although most families arrived after the Revolutionary War. It was on the stage route to Bridgton.
On June 21
, the Raymondtown Plantation was incorporated as
Raymond, named in honor of Captain Raymond. In 1829, land was
annexed to help form the new town of Naples, and in
1841, Casco was set off
and incorporated as a town.
provided agriculture and lumber products for Portland and other
Panther Run, which drains Panther Pond, provided
for industry. Raymond
village grew near the mills, which included a gristmill
mill, a stave
factory and a children's sled
about 1812 until 1825, Nathaniel
lived in Raymond with his siblings and widowed
mother. His later writings would reminisce about his boyhood
in the woods or fishing
in the lake.
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of
46.2 square miles
), of which,
33.2 square miles (86.1 km²) of it is land and
13.0 square miles (33.6 km²) of it (28.09%) is water.
village is located at the head of Jordan Bay on Sebago Lake.
The town is crossed by U.S.
and state routes
85 and 121. It borders Gray and Windham to the southeast, Casco to the
northwest, and New Gloucester and Poland to the
northeast. Frye Island is to the south in Sebago Lake.
Jordan River in 1906
As of the census
of 2000, there were 4,299
people, 1,616 households, and 1,255 families residing in the town.
The population density
people per square mile (49.9/km²). There were 2,534 housing units
at an average density of 76.2/sq mi (29.4/km²). The racial
makeup of the town was 98.39% White
, 0.40% African American
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.07% from
, and 0.56%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.60% of the
There were 1,616 households out of which 37.9% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples
living together, 8.8% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families.
15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 2.96.
Frye's Leap in c.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age
of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to
64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $52,224, and the
median income for a family was $56,118. Males had a median income
of $35,962 versus $30,662 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$25,193. About 3.4% of families and 4.0% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 3.8%
of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
Sites of interest