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Caratunk, Maine

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Caratunk, Maine
Caratunk, Maine is located in Maine
Caratunk, Maine
Caratunk, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 45°14′58″N 69°56′36″W / 45.24944°N 69.94333°W / 45.24944; -69.94333
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedOctober 14, 1977
 • Total55.27 sq mi (143.15 km2)
 • Land52.30 sq mi (135.46 km2)
 • Water2.97 sq mi (7.69 km2)
1,883 ft (574 m)
 • Total81
 • Density2/sq mi (0.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code207
FIPS code23-10495
GNIS feature ID0582388

Caratunk is a town in Somerset County, Maine, United States. The population was 81 at the 2020 census.[2]

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 55.27 square miles (143.15 km2), of which 52.30 square miles (135.46 km2) is land and 2.97 square miles (7.69 km2) is water.[1]

Pleasant Pond

Pleasant Pond
Pleasant Pond is located in Maine
Pleasant Pond
Pleasant Pond
LocationSomerset County, Maine
Coordinates45°15′N 69°55′W / 45.250°N 69.917°W / 45.250; -69.917[3]
Primary outflowsPleasant Pond Stream
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length1.9 mi (3.1 km)[4]
Max. width1.9 mi (3.1 km)[4]
Surface area1,037 acres (420 ha)[5]
Max. depth198 feet (60 m)[6]
Water volume77,993 acre⋅ft (96,203,000 m3)[5]
Surface elevation1,266 ft (386 m)[3]

Pleasant Pond is the largest lake in Caratunk. Pleasant Pond Stream overflows a dam in the southwestern corner of the pond, and flows 3 miles (4.8 km) west into the Kennebec River at Caratunk village. The Appalachian Trail passes through Caratunk following Pleasant Pond Stream and the northwestern shore of Pleasant Pond before climbing Pleasant Pond Mountain.[4] Pleasant Pond supports a population of lake trout and brook trout.[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2010 census

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 69 people, 41 households, and 20 families living in the town. The population density was 1.3 inhabitants per square mile (0.5/km2). There were 221 housing units at an average density of 4.2 per square mile (1.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.1% White, 1.4% Native American, and 1.4% from two or more races.

There were 41 households, of which 7.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, and 51.2% were non-families. 43.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.68 and the average family size was 2.25.

The median age in the town was 55.1 years. 5.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 1.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 49.2% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.6% male and 46.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 108 people, 42 households, and 28 families living in the town. The population density was 2.1 people per square mile (0.81 people/km2). There were 202 housing units at an average density of 3.9 per square mile (1.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 42 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, and 33.3% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 111.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,591, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $32,083 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,321. There were no families and 4.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteen and 10.0% of those over 64.

Notable person


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  2. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Caratunk town, Somerset County, Maine". Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pleasant Pond
  4. ^ a b c The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (Thirteenth ed.). Freeport, Maine: DeLorme Mapping Company. 1988. p. 30. ISBN 0-89933-035-5.
  5. ^ a b Maine Depts. of Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (2005-08-04). "Maine Lakes: Morphometry and Geographic Information". Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, The University of Maine. Archived from the original on 2006-09-03. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Pleasant Pond" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. State of Maine. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

45°14′02″N 69°59′24″W / 45.23389°N 69.99000°W / 45.23389; -69.99000

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