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Penobscot County
Penobscot County Courthouse
Penobscot County Courthouse
Map of Maine highlighting Penobscot County
Location within the U.S. state of Maine
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Maine's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Maine
Founded 1816
Named for Penobscot tribe
Seat Bangor
Largest city Bangor
Area
 • Total 3,557 sq mi (9,210 km2)
 • Land 3,397 sq mi (8,800 km2)
 • Water 160 sq mi (400 km2)  4.5%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 152,199
 • Density 45/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd
Website www.penobscot-county.net

Penobscot County is a county in the U.S. state of Maine, named for the Penobscot Nation on Wabanakik. As of the 2020 census, the population was 152,199. Its county seat is Bangor. The county was established on February 15, 1816, from part of Hancock County when the area was still part of Massachusetts. Penobscot County is home to the University of Maine.

Penobscot County comprises the Bangor, ME Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

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.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 13,870
1830 31,530 127.3%
1840 45,705 45.0%
1850 63,089 38.0%
1860 72,731 15.3%
1870 75,150 3.3%
1880 70,476 −6.2%
1890 72,865 3.4%
1900 76,246 4.6%
1910 85,285 11.9%
1920 87,684 2.8%
1930 92,379 5.4%
1940 97,104 5.1%
1950 108,198 11.4%
1960 126,346 16.8%
1970 125,393 −0.8%
1980 137,015 9.3%
1990 146,601 7.0%
2000 144,919 −1.1%
2010 153,923 6.2%
2020 152,199 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 153,923 people, 62,966 households, and 38,917 families living in the county. The population density was 45.3 inhabitants per square mile (17.5/km2). There were 73,860 housing units at an average density of 21.7 per square mile (8.4/km2). The county's racial makeup was 95.4% white, 1.2% American Indian, 0.9% Asian, 0.8% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.9% were English, 17.2% were Irish, 9.4% were American, 7.1% were German, 6.0% were French Canadian, and 5.9% were Scottish.

Of the 62,966 households, 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.2% were non-families, and 28.0% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 39.9 years.

The county's median household income was $42,658 and the median family income was $54,271. Males had a median income of $41,094 versus $31,910 for females. The county's per capita income was $22,977. About 10.1% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

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Indian reservation

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