Paper mill along the river in Rumford
Rumford is a town located in Oxford County, Maine. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 6,472. It is located along the Androscoggin River. Rumford was the birthplace of Senator Ed Muskie, one-time candidate for Vice President of the United States.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 180.9 km˛ (69.9 mi˛). 177.7 km˛ (68.6 mi˛) of it is land and 3.2 km˛ (1.2 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 1.79% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 6,472 people, 2,876 households, and 1,754 families residing in the town. The population density is 36.4/km˛ (94.3/mi˛). There are 3,280 housing units at an average density of 18.5/km˛ (47.8/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town is 98.67% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.60% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,876 households out of which 26.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% are married couples living together, 11.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% are non-families. 33.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.21 and the average family size is 2.78.
In the town the population is spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $27,639, and the median income for a family is $33,878. Males have a median income of $39,917 versus $20,632 for females. The per capita income for the town is $16,701. 16.1% of the population and 12.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 21.9% of those under the age of 18 and 11.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
See also: Rumford (CDP), Maine