Vienna (Vy-enna) a town in Kennebec County was settled in 1786 and incorporated on February 20, 1802 from portions of Goshen and Wyman's plantations. The community was named for what is now Vienna, Austria. (see History of Vienna).
Small, quiet and picturesque, Vienna is located on the northwesterly corner of Kennebec County, 22 miles northwest of Augusta the state capital and just 12 miles down Rt. 41 from Farmington the Franklin County seat.
Vienna lies within the foothills of the western Maine mountains. On a clear day McGaffey Mountain — the highest point in Kennebec County—which is located in Vienna, provides views of Mount Washington, Mount Blue, the Camden Hills and Mount Katahdin.
Vienna is at the western edge of the Belgrade Lakes Region, the main village lies at the north shore of Flying Pond along Rt. 41. Mill Stream flows from Boody Pond at the north end of town, through the village, and empties into Flying Pond. Vienna's natural resources include parts of nine different great ponds, giving it scenic country splendor almost unmatched anywhere else. Primary among them is Flying Pond, which serves as a summer refuge for people from Farmington to New York City.
Flying Pond has a public boat ramp along Rt. 41. All of the ponds abound in fishing, swimming and boating.
At the village center is a cluster of community buildings including - the town house, a post office, fire station/community building, grange, church and union hall. There is also a convenience store/gas station on Rt. 41 in the neighboring town of Mt. Vernon.
The latitude of Vienna is 44.533N. The longitude is -69.985W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 896 feet. Vienna is 61 miles north of Portland, Maine and 159 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts.
Vienna is the smallest town in Kennebec County with a population of 527, according to the 2000 Census. There were 214 households, and 154 families residing in town.
Of the 214 households 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.92.
In town the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 35.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. Males represent a higher percentage of the population in town than in most places.
The summertime population of Vienna at least triples due to the large number of seasonal and second homes.
The median income for a household in town was $36,985, and the median income for a family was $41,146. Males had a median income of $30,469 versus $21,818 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,987. About 5.7% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 22.8% of those 65 or over.
Overall, Vienna has a more educated population than statewide or countywide. Approximately 88% of Vienna Residents over the age of 25 had a high school education or higher. Close to 27% of Vienna's population over age 25 had a bachelor's degree or higher.
Approximately 88% of housing in Vienna is owner-occupied. The town sports a large amount of seasonal housing, typically for vacation or part-time use. Most households (72%) in Vienna were family households. There were 48 households where the person was living alone, 15 of these households were individuals over the age of 65. Seventy households had children under age 18.
Notable Vienna residents have been Milton Bradley (1836-1911), inventor of the board game The Checkered Game of Life and the founder of Milton Bradley Company and Carrie (Wills) Stevens (1882-1970), a world-renowned fly-tier who created the Gray Ghost streamer fly. A plaque honors her at the upper Dam, above Oquossoc, Maine.