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Somerset County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting Somerset County
Location in the state of Maine
Map of the U.S. highlighting Maine
Maine's location in the U.S.
Founded 1809
Named for Somerset County, England
Seat Skowhegan
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,095.37 sq mi (10,607 km²)
3,926.50 sq mi (10,170 km²)
168.87 sq mi (437 km²), 4.12%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

52,228
13/sq mi (5.13/km²)

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

History[edit | edit source]

Somerset County was established on March 1, 1809 [2][3] from portions of Kennebec County and was named after Somerset County in England.[4]

Law, Government, & Politics[edit | edit source]

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

Voter registration[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of August 2011[7]
  Unenrolled 13,083 35.90%
  Republican 11,144 30.58%
  Democratic 11,007 30.20%
  Green Independent 1,201 3.29%
Total 36,435 100%

Geography[edit | edit source]

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.[8]

Geographic features[edit | edit source]

Mountains
Rivers, Lakes, & Waterfalls

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

Adjacent regional county municipalities[edit | edit source]

Municipalities[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Historical populations
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%
[11][12][13]

As of the census[14] 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 | edit source]

School administrative districts in Somerset County[edit | edit source]

A list of school districts at least partially in Somerset County; town names in bold are in Somerset County:[15]

Secondary schools[edit | edit source]

Higher education[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer (New York City: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 1794
  3. ^ Geo. J. Varney. (1886). History of Somerset County, Maine. From A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. Transcribed by Betsey S. Webber
  4. ^ The History Of Bingham Maine & Somerset County
  5. ^ 1992 Presidential Election statistics at David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas
  6. ^ The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Maine)
  7. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of August, 2011". Maine Bureau of Corporations. http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2011/20110817r-e-active.pdf. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  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. ^ http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/cencounts/files/me190090.txt
  12. ^ http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_QTPL&prodType=table
  13. ^ http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu/
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  15. ^ http://www.maine.gov/education/eddir/pdffiles/sadslist.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.sad74.k12.me.us:16080/chs/
  17. ^ Carrabec High School website
  18. ^ http://local.yahoo.com/info-35173120-faith-baptist-christian-school-skowhegan
  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[edit | edit source]

County politics[edit | edit source]

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


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