Somerset County, Maine

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Somerset County, Maine
Courthouse, Skowhegan, ME.jpg
Somerset County Courthouse
Map of Maine highlighting Somerset County
Location in the state of Maine
Map of the United States highlighting Maine
Maine's location in the U.S.
Founded 1809
Named for Somerset County, England
Seat Skowhegan
Area
 • Total 4,095 sq mi (10,606 km2)
 • Land 3,927 sq mi (10,171 km2)
 • Water 169 sq mi (438 km2), 4.13%
Population
 • (2010) 52,228
 • Density 13/sq mi (5.13/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,228.[1] Its county seat is Skowhegan.[2]

History[edit]

Somerset County was established on March 1, 1809 [3][4] from portions of Kennebec County and was named after Somerset County in England.[5]

Law, Government, & Politics[edit]

Somerset County is part of Maine's 2nd congressional district.

In 1992 Somerset County was one of three counties in the state (the others being Knox and Piscataquis) where Ross Perot received over 38% of the vote and won.[6] In 2008 Barack Obama received 51.9% of the vote.[7]

Voter registration[edit]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of March 2014[8]
  Unenrolled (Independent) 13,080 37.12%
  Republican 10,574 30.01%
  Democratic 10,288 29.19%
  Green Independent 1,292 3.66%
Total 35,234 100%

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 4,095.37 square miles (10,607.0 km2), of which 3,926.50 square miles (10,169.6 km2) (or 95.88%) is land and 168.87 square miles (437.4 km2) (or 4.12%) is water.

Geographic features[edit]

Mountains
Rivers, Lakes, & Waterfalls

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Adjacent regional county municipalities[edit]

Municipalities[edit]

There are 27 towns and 6 plantations in Somerset County.

County seat: Skowhegan Municipalities by County District [9]
District #1 District #2 District #3
Anson & North Anson Fairfield Canaan
Athens Madison Cornville
Bingham Mercer Detroit
Brighton (plantation) Norridgewock Pittsfield
Cambridge Smithfield Skowhegan
Caratunk Solon
Dennistown (plantation)
Embden
Harmony
Hartland
Highland Plantation
Jackman
Moose River
Moscow
New Portland
Palmyra
Pleasant Ridge Plantation
Ripley
St. Albans
Starks
The Forks (plantation)
West Forks (plantation)

Unorganized Territories[edit]

Somerset County's unorganized territories, listed as four political subdivisions composed of a total of 82 townships,[10] are currently part of County District #1.

Political subdivisions & townships[edit]

Central Somerset (2 townships)


Northeast Somerset (17 townships)

  • Mayfield
  • Bald Mountain
  • East Moxie
  • Square Town
  • Moxie Gore
  • Indian Stream EKR
  • Chase Stream WKR
  • Johnson Mountain
  • Parlin Pond
  • Misery
  • Sapling
  • Long Pond
  • Sandwich Academy Grant
  • Taunton & Raynham Academy Grant
  • Rockwood Strip (T1 R1)
  • Rockwood Strip (T2 R2)
  • Misery Gore

Northwest Somerset (20 townships)

  • Carrying Place
  • Carrying Place Town
  • Dead River
  • Bigelow
  • Bow Town
  • Pierce Pond
  • T3R4 BKP WKR
  • Flagstaff
  • Lower Enchanted
  • Spring Lake (T3R5 BKP WKR)
  • King & Bartlett
  • Upper Enchanted
  • Hobbstown
  • Haynestown (T5 R6)
  • Bradstreet
  • Rayton (T5 R7)
  • Appleton
  • Attean
  • Holeb
  • Forsyth

Seboomook Lake (43 townships)

  • Tomhegan
  • Brassua
  • Thorndike
  • Sandy Bay
  • Bald Mountain (T4R3)
  • Alder Brook
  • Soldiertown
  • West Middlesex Canal Grant
  • Big W
  • Little W
  • Seboomook
  • Plymouth
  • Pittston Academy Grant
  • Hammond
  • Prentiss
  • Blake Gore
  • T4R5 NBKP
  • Dole Brook
  • Comstock
  • T4R17 WELS
  • Elm Stream
  • Russell Pond
  • T5R17 WELS
  • T5R18 WELS
  • T5R19 WELS
  • T5R20 WELS
  • Big Six
  • T6R18 WELS
  • T6R17 WELS
  • Saint John
  • T7R16 WELS
  • T7R17 WELS
  • T7R18 WELS
  • T7R19 WELS
  • T8R16 WELS
  • T8R17 WELS
  • T8R18 WELS
  • T8R19 WELS
  • T9R16 WELS
  • T9R17 WELS
  • T9R18 WELS
  • Big Ten
  • T10R16 WELS

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 12,910
1820 21,787 68.8%
1830 35,787 64.3%
1840 33,912 −5.2%
1850 35,581 4.9%
1860 36,753 3.3%
1870 34,611 −5.8%
1880 32,333 −6.6%
1890 32,627 0.9%
1900 33,849 3.7%
1910 36,301 7.2%
1920 37,171 2.4%
1930 39,111 5.2%
1940 38,245 −2.2%
1950 39,785 4.0%
1960 39,749 −0.1%
1970 40,597 2.1%
1980 45,028 10.9%
1990 49,767 10.5%
2000 50,888 2.3%
2010 52,228 2.6%
Est. 2012 51,910 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2012 Estimate[12]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 50,888 people, 20,496 households, and 14,121 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 28,222 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.00% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.9% were of English, 17.7% French, 15.1% United States or American, 11.5% Irish and 8.8% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.2% spoke English and 2.9% French as their first language.

There were 20,496 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,731, and the median income for a family was $36,464. Males had a median income of $29,032 versus $20,745 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,474. About 11.10% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

School administrative districts in Somerset County[edit]

A list of school districts at least partially in Somerset County; town names in bold are in Somerset County:[14]

Secondary schools[edit]

Higher education[edit]

Miscellaneous[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. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer (New York City: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 1794
  4. ^ Geo. J. Varney. (1886). History of Somerset County, Maine. From A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. Transcribed by Betsey S. Webber
  5. ^ The History Of Bingham Maine & Somerset County
  6. ^ 1992 Presidential Election statistics at David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas
  7. ^ The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Maine)
  8. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of March 2014". Maine Bureau of Corporations. 
  9. ^ www.somersetcounty-me.org - (Click "Commissioners", then "County Commissioners")
  10. ^ SOMERSET COUNTY COMMUNITY LISTING (106) And 2000 Census Population Figures of 50,888
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  14. ^ http://www.maine.gov/education/eddir/pdffiles/sadslist.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.sad74.k12.me.us:16080/chs/
  16. ^ Carrabec High School website
  17. ^ http://local.yahoo.com/info-35173120-faith-baptist-christian-school-skowhegan
  18. ^ Forest Hills Consolidated School website
  19. ^ Lawrence High School homepage
  20. ^ Madison Area Memorial High School website
  21. ^ Maine Academy of Natural Sciences website
  22. ^ Maine Central Institute website
  23. ^ Skowhegan Area High School homepage
  24. ^ MSAD 13 homepage

External links[edit]

County politics[edit]

Coordinates: 45°31′N 69°57′W / 45.51°N 69.95°W / 45.51; -69.95