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Aroostook County, Maine (ME)

County population in 2014: 69,447 (20% urban, 80% rural); it was 73,938 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 12,272
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 9,765
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 22,179
Renter-occupied apartments: 8,924 (it was 8,177 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

29%

Land area: 6672 sq. mi.

Water area: 157.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 10 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Aroostook County: 86.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (17.2%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (14.4%), Retail trade (12.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 48%
  • Government: 8%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 44%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Aroostook County, Maine:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.1%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.9%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  45.0 years
Maine median age:  42.0 years
Males: 34,193  (49.2%)
Females: 35,254  (50.8%)

Aroostook County,ME real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Aroostook County:

2.0 people
Maine:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $36,825 ($28,837 in 1999)

This county:

$36825
Maine:

$46974

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $479 (lower quartile is $315, upper quartile is $608)
This county:

$479
State:

$668


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $90,400 (it was $58,400 in 2000)
Aroostook:

$90,400
Maine:

$172,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $61,200 - $154,200
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $940
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $334

Institutionalized population: 780

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 3
  • Burglaries: 46
  • Thefts: 84
  • Auto thefts: 3

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 1
  • Burglaries: 46
  • Thefts: 42
  • Auto thefts: 5
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Health of residents in Aroostook County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.3. This is significantly worse than average.
69.2% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
52.8% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
45.5% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
55.4% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 201 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 163 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 121 buildings, average cost: $132,800
  • 2008: 83 buildings, average cost: $126,800
  • 2009: 99 buildings, average cost: $125,400
  • 2010: 75 buildings, average cost: $131,300
  • 2011: 41 buildings, average cost: $106,300
  • 2012: 53 buildings, average cost: $115,000
  • 2013: 69 buildings, average cost: $139,400
  • 2014: 56 buildings, average cost: $135,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,479 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,010 (1.4%)

Aroostook County household income distribution in 2009 Aroostook County home values distribution Aroostook County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.2%
(14.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.5% for Black residents, 31.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 48.9% for American Indian residents, 52.6% for other race residents, 40.0% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.2%
Aroostook County:

16.2%
Maine:

14.0%
(14.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.9% for Black residents, 25.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.1% for American Indian residents, 52.6% for other race residents, 37.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 46 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 23 years old, American Indian residents: 26 years old, Asian residents: 9 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Area name: Aroostook County, ME
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Aroostook County is $430 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $516 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $673 a month.

Cities in this county include: Presque Isle, Caribou, Houlton, Madawaska, Van Buren, Fort Kent, Mapleton, Washburn, Fort Fairfield, Mars Hill.

Aroostook County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Aroostook County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.161 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.027 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 16.6 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 5.8 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Below U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Benson County, North Dakota , Dunn County, North Dakota , King County, Washington , Yakima County, Washington , Luce County, Michigan .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.0%
Maine:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 3,541
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 76.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 4,304 (59% naturalized citizens)

Aroostook County:

5.8%
Whole state:

2.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 578
  • 1990 to 1994: 382
  • 1985 to 1989: 226
  • 1980 to 1984: 229
  • 1975 to 1979: 226
  • 1970 to 1974: 274
  • 1970 to 1974: 466
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,923

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 96.1%

Aroostook County marital status for males Aroostook County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 27,038
  • One, attached: 403
  • Two: 1,611
  • 3 or 4: 2,393
  • 5 to 9: 1,540
  • 10 to 19: 635
  • 20 or more: 887
  • Mobile homes: 4,120
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 92

Housing units in Aroostook County with a mortgage: 8,263 (583 second mortgage, 1,252 home equity loan, 23 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 6,790

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

66.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Aroostook County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic22,20027
Mainline Protestant5,84540
Evangelical Protestant4,41151
Other9577
Orthodox101
None38,447-
Aroostook County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 29
Aroostook County:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 16
This county:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 56
Aroostook County:

7.78 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 66
This county:

9.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Aroostook County:

11.7%
Maine:

8.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Aroostook County:

27.6%
State:

25.0%

Agriculture in Aroostook County:

Average size of farms: 361 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $111,770
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $798.49
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.56%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.16%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $90,885
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 37.52%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.97%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $86,980
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.19
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 8.48%
Soybeans for beans: 535 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 37 acres

Earthquake activity:

Aroostook County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Maine state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/14/2006 at 09:34:49, a magnitude 4.0 (3.5 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 14.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 28.1 miles away from Aroostook County center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 303.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi) earthquake occurred 158.7 miles away from the county center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 349.1 miles away from the county center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 271.4 miles away from Aroostook County center
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 92.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • MaineSevere Storms And Flooding, Incident Period: December 12, 2011 to December 19, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1953): February 1, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1953, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • MaineSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 28, 2008 to May 14, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1755): May 9, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1755, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • MaineSnow, Incident Period: December 25, 2005 to December 27, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3265): February 24, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3265, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • MaineHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3256): September 19, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3256, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • MaineSevere Storms, Flooding, Snow Melts, and Ice Jams, Incident Period: March 29, 2005 to May 3, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1591): June 29, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1591, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Snow
  • MaineSnow, Incident Period: March 9, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3209): April 1, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3209, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • MaineSnow, Incident Period: February 10, 2005 to February 11, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3206): March 14, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3206, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • MaineSnow, Incident Period: December 14, 2003 to December 15, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3194): January 26, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3194, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • MaineSnow, Incident Period: December 6, 2003 to December 7, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3190): January 15, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3190, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • MaineSnowstorms, Incident Period: February 2, 2003 to February 4, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3174): March 11, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3174, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • 11 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Aroostook County (21) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 8, Snows: 7, Heavy Rains: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (38%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (37%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (84%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)
  • Germany (2%)
  • Philippines (1%)
  • Japan (1%)
  • Pakistan (1%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Aroostook County (%):

  • French (except Basque) (23%)
  • United States or American (15%)
  • English (15%)
  • French Canadian (14%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • German (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)

Aroostook County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 25,460 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 3,643 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 56 (0%)
  • Taxi: 103 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 28 (0%)
  • Walked: 1,263 (4%)
  • Other means: 249 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 1,155 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Aroostook County, Maine in 2000:

  • 799 people in nursing homes
  • 702 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 332 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 147 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 72 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 66 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 65 people in other group homes
  • 46 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 24 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 20 people in religious group quarters
  • 18 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 9 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 5 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 5 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 2 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

People in group quarters in Aroostook County, Maine in 2010:

  • 702 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 627 people in college/university student housing
  • 376 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 81 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 67 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 59 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 58 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 15 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 15 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 5 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $42,767.

3.21% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,766 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.21%
Maine average:

5.50%


0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,181 average AGI)
Aroostook County:

0.08%
Maine average:

0.04%

1.28% relocated from other counties in Maine ($11,542 average AGI)
1.86% relocated from other states ($21,045 average AGI)
Aroostook County:

1.86%
Maine average:

2.57%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Penobscot County, ME  0.46% ($28,764 average AGI)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.20% ($23,132)
from Kennebec County, ME  0.09% ($20,640)
from Hartford County, CT  0.09% ($34,920)
from Washington County, ME  0.09% ($30,750)
from York County, ME  0.09% ($28,870)
from Androscoggin County, ME  0.07% ($45,556)


3.74% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,623 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.74%
Maine average:

5.62%


0.11% of residents moved to foreign countries ($830 average AGI)
Aroostook County:

0.11%
Maine average:

0.05%

1.78% relocated to other counties in Maine ($16,331 average AGI)
1.85% relocated to other states ($17,463 average AGI)
Aroostook County:

1.85%
Maine average:

2.68%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Penobscot County, ME  0.67% ($29,433 average AGI)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.37% ($47,612)
to Kennebec County, ME  0.14% ($29,722)
to York County, ME  0.13% ($39,343)
to Washington County, ME  0.12% ($38,097)
to Hancock County, ME  0.07% ($24,000)
to Androscoggin County, ME  0.06% ($27,647)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.6

Births per 1000 population in Aroostook County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Aroostook County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Aroostook County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 15.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Aroostook County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Aroostook County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 16,984 (12,866 aged, 4,118 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,183 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Aroostook County, Maine in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1185)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1002)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (919)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (683)
  • Unspecified dementia (479)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (415)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (352)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (289)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (254)
  • Congestive heart failure (246)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.45
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11978.47
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 446.930
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 75169.64

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 927.090
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1080.010
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4.1

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 30.23
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 60.08

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.46

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 113.9. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 68.7
  • Other - 45.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 69,865
  • In family households: 56,286 (14,401 male householders, 5,177 female householders)
    15,342 spouses, 17,272 children (15,805 natural, 490 adopted, 977 stepchildren), 906 grandchildren, 388 brothers or sisters, 444 parents, 351 other relatives, 1,729 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 13,579 (5,454 male householders (4,306 living alone)), 5,929 female householders (5,219 living alone)), 2,196 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,005 (780 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 10,401 2-persons, 4,042 3-persons, 3,231 4-persons, 1,307 5-persons, 415 6-persons, 182 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 9,525 1-person, 1,629 2-persons, 155 3-persons, 52 4-persons, 17 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

11,978 married couples with children.
3,458 single-parent households (967 men, 2,491 women).

75.9% of residents of Aroostook County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (84% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
22.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (43% speak English very well, 43% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 29% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $651,468,000 ($8877 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $35,548,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $239,250,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $110,118,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $10,405,000
Federal grants: $214,343,000
Federal procurement contracts: $27,990,000 ($8,115,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $49,361,000 ($14,010,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $10,919,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $11,319,000
Federal Government insurance: $51,746,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 3,534
Here:

48 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 4,539
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +401
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -24
Here -0 per 1000 residents
State +28 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Aroostook County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 6.09 millions of gallons per day (46% from ground, 54% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 164
  • 2000 to 2004: 3,585
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,397
  • 1980 to 1989: 5,258
  • 1970 to 1979: 5,836
  • 1960 to 1969: 2,923
  • 1950 to 1959: 4,772
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,874
  • 1939 or earlier: 9,511
Rooms in houses/apartments in Aroostook County, Maine
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 40
  • 2 rooms: 211
  • 3 rooms: 782
  • 4 rooms: 3,055
  • 5 rooms: 6,104
  • 6 rooms: 4,906
  • 7 rooms: 3,361
  • 8 rooms: 1,906
  • 9+ rooms: 1,814
  • 1 room: 155
  • 2 rooms: 670
  • 3 rooms: 2,105
  • 4 rooms: 2,239
  • 5 rooms: 1,518
  • 6 rooms: 794
  • 7 rooms: 359
  • 8 rooms: 197
  • 9+ rooms: 140
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Aroostook County, Maine
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 76
  • 1 bedroom: 892
  • 2 bedrooms: 5,545
  • 3 bedrooms: 10,609
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,905
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,152
  • no bedroom: 197
  • 1 bedroom: 2,732
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,013
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,669
  • 4 bedrooms: 465
  • 5+ bedrooms: 101
Cars and other vehicles available in Aroostook County, Maine in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 787
  • 1 vehicle: 6,316
  • 2 vehicles: 10,824
  • 3 vehicles: 3,196
  • 4 vehicles: 789
  • 5+ vehicles: 267
  • no vehicle: 1,802
  • 1 vehicle: 4,517
  • 2 vehicles: 1,554
  • 3 vehicles: 222
  • 4 vehicles: 68
  • 5+ vehicles: 14

69% of Aroostook County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 71% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 37% lived in Maine.

Aroostook County:

68.5%
State average:

60.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 57005
  • Northeast: 6678
  • Midwest: 1419
  • South: 1623
  • West: 1109

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $39,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 7%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 6%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Aroostook County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (86.3%)
  • Wood (11.8%)
  • Electricity (0.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (79.5%)
  • Electricity (14.7%)
  • Wood (2.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.2%)
  • No fuel used (1.1%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 267
Here:

3.4%
Maine:

6.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 127
Here:

2.7%
Maine:

8.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 262
Here:

8.3%
Maine:

28.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Aroostook County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $4,341,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,414,000
    Police Protection: $849,000
    General Public Buildings: $505,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $414,000
    Central Staff Services: $286,000
    Financial Administration: $278,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $65,000
    Health - Other: $51,000
    Air Transportation: $25,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $20,000
    Local Fire Protection: $10,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $29,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Police Protection: $182,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $286,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,876,000

Aroostook County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $1,380,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $15,000
    Interest Earnings: $13,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $3,242,000
  • Tax - Property: $4,202,000

Aroostook County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $350,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $200,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $150,000

Aroostook County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,199,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,773
  • Number of aged recipients: 318
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,455
  • Number of recipients under 18: 236
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,862
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 675
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,415
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,049
Aroostook County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Aroostook County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Aroostook County, ME among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John38274.7 years
Mary35680.3 years
George30776.0 years
Joseph29974.5 years
Charles27475.4 years
William27474.7 years
James25173.9 years
Robert23370.6 years
Donald20171.6 years
Marie19079.1 years
Most common last names in Aroostook County, ME among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Cyr38976.7 years
Michaud30974.9 years
Pelletier25876.2 years
Ouellette24274.8 years
Smith20477.2 years
Gagnon18673.3 years
Martin17776.6 years
Brown17276.1 years
Beaulieu16874.3 years
Bouchard16174.5 years
Businesses in Aroostook County, ME
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1La-Z-Boy4
Arby's1Lane Furniture1
Ashley Furniture2Lowe's1
Bath & Body Works1MasterBrand Cabinets25
Budget Car Rental1Maurices1
Burger King3McDonald's5
Chevrolet2New Balance2
Circle K13Payless1
Cold Stone Creamery2Pizza Hut2
Deb1RadioShack3
Decora Cabinetry4Rite Aid8
Dunkin Donuts4Ruby Tuesday1
Fashion Bug1Sears4
FedEx8Staples1
Ford3Subway5
GNC4Taco Bell1
H&R Block4Toyota1
Hilton1U-Haul4
Honda1U.S. Cellular1
JCPenney1UPS16
KFC2Verizon Wireless1
Kmart2Walmart2

Aroostook County on our top lists:

  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #96 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving out compared to moving in (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"