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Calais is a city in Washington County.

The community was named after the French city on the Strait of Dover

The latitude of Calais is 45.188N. The longitude is -67.279W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 43 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,363.


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Median household income
Local
$24,623
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Calais demographic reports
Calais is on the St. Croix River, which borders Canada.
Much of the downtown area had to be rebuilt after a disastrous 1870 fire.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 21. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 6.2 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • International Homecoming Festival - Aug. 3-12, 2007
Dates often change. Check Calais web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: St. Croix Island International Historic Site, Downeast Heritage Museum
Colleges and universities: Washington County Technical College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Pronunciations: KAL-iss
Quotes:
During the War of 1812, the folks in Calais ran so low on ammunition that when July Fourth came around, they had no explosives left to celebrate. So the people of St. Stephen, a short cannon shot away, loaned their neighbors a goodly supply of gunpowder.
-- U.S. 1: America's Original Main Street
Andrew H. Malcolm

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4% of Calais residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Calais ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Calais was $16,135, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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11% of Calais residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Calais include Calais Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Calais, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $318.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $722.


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Libraries in Calais include Calais Free Library ... View libraries

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TV stations in Calais include WMED.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WMED.

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The average commute time for Calais workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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“ During the War of 1812, the folks in Calais ran so low on ammunition that when July Fourth came around, they had no explosives left to celebrate. So the people of St. Stephen, a short cannon shot away, loaned their neighbors a goodly supply of gunpowder. ”
~ U.S. 1: America's Original Main Street
Andrew H. Malcolm

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