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Waldo County
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Location within the U.S. state of Maine
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Country  United States
State  Maine
Founded 1827
Named for Samuel Waldo
Seat Belfast
Largest city Belfast
Area
 • Total 853 sq mi (2,210 km2)
 • Land 730 sq mi (1,900 km2)
 • Water 123 sq mi (320 km2)  14%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 38,786
 • Estimate 
(2019)
39,715
 • Density 45.470/sq mi (17.556/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Waldo County is a county in the state of Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,786. Its county seat is Belfast. The county was founded on 7 February 1827 from a portion of Hancock County and named after Brigadier-General Samuel Waldo, proprietor of the Waldo Patent.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 853 square miles (2,210 km2), of which 730 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 123 square miles (320 km2) (14%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 29,788
1840 41,509 39.3%
1850 47,230 13.8%
1860 38,447 −18.6%
1870 34,522 −10.2%
1880 32,463 −6.0%
1890 27,759 −14.5%
1900 24,185 −12.9%
1910 23,383 −3.3%
1920 21,328 −8.8%
1930 20,286 −4.9%
1940 21,159 4.3%
1950 21,687 2.5%
1960 22,632 4.4%
1970 23,328 3.1%
1980 28,414 21.8%
1990 33,018 16.2%
2000 36,280 9.9%
2010 38,786 6.9%
2019 (est.) 39,715 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016 2018

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 38,786 people, 16,431 households, and 10,627 families living in the county. The population density was 53.1 inhabitants per square mile (20.5/km2). There were 21,566 housing units at an average density of 29.5 per square mile (11.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.3% were English, 21.0% were Irish, 19.0% were French, 9.2% American, 7.0% Scottish, 6.6% Italian, 2.7% Polish, and 2.2% Scotch-Irish.

Of the 16,431 households, 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.3% were non-families, and 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age was 44.1 years.

The county's median household income was $41,312 and the median family income was $50,222. Males had a median income of $38,960 versus $30,321 for females. The county's per capita income was $22,213. About 10.2% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

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