Somerset County, Maine
|Somerset County, Maine|
Somerset County Courthouse
Location in the U.S. state of Maine
Maine's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Somerset County, England|
|• Total||4,094 sq mi (10,603 km2)|
|• Land||3,924 sq mi (10,163 km2)|
|• Water||169 sq mi (438 km2), 4.1%|
|• Density||13/sq mi (5/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
- 1 History
- 2 Government and politics
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Education
- 6 Communities
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Government and politics
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. In 2008 Barack Obama received 51.9% of the vote.
|Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of March 2014|
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,094 square miles (10,600 km2), of which 3,924 square miles (10,160 km2) is land and 169 square miles (440 km2) (4.1%) is water. It is the third-largest county in Maine by area.
Bodies of water
Adjacent counties and municipalities
- Aroostook County, Maine – north
- Penobscot County, Maine – east
- Piscataquis County, Maine – east
- Waldo County, Maine – southeast
- Kennebec County, Maine – south
- Franklin County, Maine – southwest
- Le Granit Regional County Municipality, Quebec – west
- Beauce-Sartigan Regional County Municipality, Quebec – west
- Les Etchemins Regional County Municipality, Quebec – northwest
- Montmagny Regional County Municipality, Quebec – northwest
Somerset County is one of few counties in the United States to border ten counties and county equivalents.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census 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.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 52,228 people, 21,927 households, and 14,353 families residing in the county. The population density was 13.3 inhabitants per square mile (5.1/km2). There were 30,569 housing units at an average density of 7.8 per square mile (3.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.1% were French, 24.2% were English, 15.8% were Irish, 8.0% were German, 7.9% were American, and 6.1% were French Canadian.
Of the 21,927 households, 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.5% were non-families, and 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.80. The median age was 43.6 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,647 and the median income for a family was $47,177. Males had a median income of $41,235 versus $30,029 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,709. About 14.0% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.
School administrative districts
The following school districts are located at least partly in Somerset County:
- Carrabec High School – North Anson
- Faith Baptist Christian School – Skowhegan (serves multiple grades)
- Forest Hills Consolidated School (K-12) – Jackman
- Lawrence High School – Fairfield
- Madison Area Memorial High School – Madison
- Maine Academy of Natural Sciences – Hinckley
- Maine Central Institute – Pittsfield
- Skowhegan Area High School – Skowhegan
- Upper Kennebec Valley Memorial High School – Bingham
- Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
- L.C. Bates Museum
- Historical U.S. Census Totals for Somerset County, Maine
- List of counties in Maine
- List of Maine county name etymologies
- List of towns in Somerset County
- Category:People from Somerset County, Maine
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Somerset County, Maine
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer (New York City: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 1794
- Geo. J. Varney. (1886). History of Somerset County, Maine. From A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. Transcribed by Betsey S. Webber
- Yates, Edgar A.P. (Jun 13, 1928). "Some Maine town names". The Lewiston Daily Sun. p. 4. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- 1992 Presidential Election statistics at David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas
- The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Maine)
- "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of March 2014" (PDF). Maine Bureau of Corporations.
- "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
- "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
- "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
- "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
- "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
- "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
- Carrabec High School website
- Forest Hills Consolidated School website
- Lawrence High School homepage
- Madison Area Memorial High School website
- Maine Academy of Natural Sciences website
- Maine Central Institute website
- Skowhegan Area High School homepage
- MSAD 13 homepage
- Official Website of Somerset County
- Somerset County Commissioners
- Somerset County Charter – passed by voters in November, 2010
- History of Somerset County
Les Etchemins RCM and Montmagny RCM, Quebec
Le Granit RCM and Beauce-Sartigan RCM, Quebec
|Penobscot County and Piscataquis County|
|Franklin County||Kennebec County||Waldo County|