Penobscot County, Maine

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Penobscot County, Maine
PenobscotCourthouse.jpg
Penobscot County Courthouse
Map of Maine highlighting Penobscot County
Location in the state of Maine
Map of the United States highlighting Maine
Maine's location in the U.S.
Founded 1816
Named for Penobscot tribe
Seat Bangor
Largest city Bangor
Area
 • Total 3,556 sq mi (9,210 km2)
 • Land 3,396 sq mi (8,796 km2)
 • Water 160 sq mi (414 km2), 4.51%
Population
 • (2010) 153,923
 • Density 45.3/sq mi (17.5/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Penobscot County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. As of the 2010 census, the population was 153,923.[1] Its county seat is Bangor.[2] The county was established on 15 February 1816 from a portion of Hancock County.

Penobscot County is part of the Bangor, Maine, New England County Metropolitan Area.

The county is notable as being the setting of the 2002-07 TV series The Dead Zone.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 3,556.14 square miles (9,210.4 km2), of which 3,395.73 square miles (8,794.9 km2) (or 95.49%) is land and 160.41 square miles (415.5 km2) (or 4.51%) is water.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 13,870
1830 31,530 127.3%
1840 45,705 45.0%
1850 63,089 38.0%
1860 72,731 15.3%
1870 75,150 3.3%
1880 70,476 −6.2%
1890 72,865 3.4%
1900 76,246 4.6%
1910 85,285 11.9%
1920 87,684 2.8%
1930 92,379 5.4%
1940 97,104 5.1%
1950 108,198 11.4%
1960 126,346 16.8%
1970 125,393 −0.8%
1980 137,015 9.3%
1990 146,601 7.0%
2000 144,919 −1.1%
2010 153,923 6.2%
Est. 2012 153,746 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 144,919 people, 58,096 households, and 37,820 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 66,847 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.60% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.8% were of English, 17.3% United States or American, 14.0% French, 13.0% Irish and 6.7% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.8% spoke English and 2.3% French as their first language.

There were 58,096 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.50% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.90% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,274, and the median income for a family was $42,206. Males had a median income of $32,824 versus $23,346 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,801. About 9.70% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 11.10% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration[edit]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of June 2014[6]
  Unenrolled 39,176 36.86%
  Republican 32,088 30.19%
  Democratic 31,312 29.46%
  Green Independent 3,703 3.38%
Total 106,279 100%

Cities, towns and plantations[edit]

Territories and locations[edit]

Indian reservations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of June, 2014". Maine Bureau of Corporations. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°24′N 68°38′W / 45.40°N 68.63°W / 45.40; -68.63