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Somerset County, Maine

Somerset County, Maine
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
Largest town Skowhegan
 • Total 4,094 sq mi (10,603 km2)
 • Land 3,924 sq mi (10,163 km2)
 • Water 169 sq mi (438 km2), 4.1%
 • (2010) 52,228
 • Density 13/sq mi (5/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 1
  • Government and politics 2
    • Voter registration 2.1
  • Geography 3
    • Mountains 3.1
    • Bodies of water 3.2
    • Major highways 3.3
    • Adjacent counties and municipalities 3.4
  • Demographics 4
  • Education 5
    • School administrative districts 5.1
    • Secondary schools 5.2
    • Higher education 5.3
    • Miscellaneous 5.4
  • Communities 6
    • Towns 6.1
    • Census-designated places 6.2
    • Plantations 6.3
    • Unorganized territories 6.4
    • Villages 6.5
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9
    • County politics 9.1


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

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.[6] In 2008 Barack Obama received 51.9% of the vote.[7]

Voter registration

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%


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.[9] It is the third-largest county in Maine by area.


Bodies of water

Major highways

Adjacent counties and municipalities

Somerset County is one of few counties in the United States to border ten counties and county equivalents.


As of the census[15] 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.


School administrative districts

The following school districts are located at least partly in Somerset County:[16]

Secondary schools

Higher education




Census-designated places


Unorganized territories


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. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer (New York City: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 1794
  4. ^ . Transcribed by Betsey S. WebberA Gazetteer of the State of Maine. From History of Somerset County, MaineGeo. J. Varney. (1886).
  5. ^ Yates, Edgar A.P. (Jun 13, 1928). "Some Maine town names". The Lewiston Daily Sun. p. 4. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  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" (PDF). Maine Bureau of Corporations. 
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  16. ^
  17. ^ Carrabec High School website
  18. ^
  19. ^ Forest Hills Consolidated School website
  20. ^ Lawrence High School homepage
  21. ^ Madison Area Memorial High School website
  22. ^ Maine Academy of Natural Sciences website
  23. ^ Maine Central Institute website
  24. ^ Skowhegan Area High School homepage
  25. ^ MSAD 13 homepage

External links

  • Official Website of Somerset County
  • Somerset County Commissioners
  • Somerset County Charter – passed by voters in November, 2010
  • History of Somerset County

County politics

  • Somerset County Democrats
  • Somerset County Republican Committee

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