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Penobscot County, Maine

Penobscot County, Maine
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
 • Total 3,557 sq mi (9,213 km2)
 • Land 3,397 sq mi (8,798 km2)
 • Water 160 sq mi (414 km2), 4.5%
 • (2010) 153,923
 • Density 45/sq mi (17/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 when the area was still part of Massachusetts.

Penobscot County comprises the Bangor, ME Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected area 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Politics 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Towns 4.2
    • Plantations 4.3
    • Census-designated places 4.4
    • Unorganized territories 4.5
    • Indian reservation 4.6
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,557 square miles (9,210 km2), of which 3,397 square miles (8,800 km2) is land and 160 square miles (410 km2) (4.5%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[9] 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 and Party Enrollment as of June 2014[10]
  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%





Census-designated places

Unorganized territories

Indian reservation

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of June, 2014" (PDF). Maine Bureau of Corporations. 

External links

  • Penobscot County site
  • Penobscot County on
  • "The Ancient Penobscot, or Panawanskek." Historical Magazine, February, 1872.

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