Friendship (formerly known as Meduncook) is a town in Knox County, Maine, United States. It is 31 miles (49.9 km) southeast of Augusta. The population was 1,152 at the 2010 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.37 square miles (81.25 km), of which, 14.10 square miles (36.52 km) of it is land and 17.27 square miles (44.73 km) is water. Located on a peninsula that projects into the Gulf of Maine, Friendship lies between Muscongus Bay and the Friendship River. It includes several islands, the largest of which is Friendship Long Island (or Meduncook Island).
The town is crossed by state routes 97 and 220. It borders the towns of Waldoboro to the northwest, and Cushing to the east.
The town is the site of Franklin Island National Wildlife Refuge.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,152 people, 508 households, and 352 families residing in the town. The population density was 81.7 inhabitants per square mile (31.5/km). There were 896 housing units at an average density of 63.5 per square mile (24.5/km). The racial makeup of the town was 99.2% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.
There were 508 households of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.66.
The median age in the town was 50.1 years. 17.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.7% were from 25 to 44; 31.7% were from 45 to 64; and 25.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,204 people, 508 households, and 354 families residing in the town. The population density was 85.9 people per square mile (33.2/km²). There were 849 housing units at an average density of 60.5 per square mile (23.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.34% White, 0.25% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.
There were 508 persons living alone who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.76.
In the town, the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $39,348, and the median income for a family was $41,648. Males had a median income of $29,605 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,409. About 8.3% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.