Oakland Real Estate
Neighborhoods/Developments in Oakland, ME
Oakland is a town in Kennebec County in the U.S. states of Maine. Gateway to the Belgrade Lakes region, Oakland is 4 miles (6 km) west of Waterville and approximately 18 miles north of Augusta, the state capital.
It was first settled about 1780 by colonists of English descent from Massachusetts and New Hampshire. At that time, the region was known as Taconnet after Indian Chief Taconnet, an Abenaki sachem. It was incorporated by the Massachusetts General Court in 1771 as part of Winslow. In 1802, the area west of the Kennebec River was incorporated as Waterville. But manufacturers in the western section, who had created a separate center of industry and trade and were dissatisfied with its taxation, petitioned to have the district set off as a town. The Maine State Legislature complied, and on February 26, 1873 incorporated it as West Waterville. In 1883, it was renamed Oakland, presumably after all the oak trees in the town.
According to the US census, the town has a total area of 28.2 square miles, of which, 25.7 square miles is land and 2.5 square miles (8.76%) is water. Oakland is drained by four major waterways: McGrath Pond, Salmon Lake, East Pond and Messalonskee Lake and Stream.
As of the 2000 census, there were 5,959 people, 2,352 households, and 1,651 families residing in the town. The population density was 231.5 people per square mile. There were 2,847 housing units at an average density of 110.6 per square mile.
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