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Penobscot County, Maine (ME)

County population in 2017: 151,957 (42% urban, 58% rural); it was 144,919 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 27,744
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 15,237
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 40,542
Renter-occupied apartments: 19,985 (it was 17,554 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

29%

Land area: 3396 sq. mi.

Water area: 160.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 45 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Penobscot County: 87.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (25.0%), Educational, health and social services (23.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 60%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 34%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Penobscot County, ME (2017)
    • 143,47499.0%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,8832.0%Two or more races
    • 2,0741.4%Hispanic or Latino
    • 1,6491.1%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1,6421.1%Asian alone
    • 1,1270.8%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 860.06%Some other race alone
    • 270.02%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

42.2 years
Maine median age:

44.6 years
Males: 75,389  (49.6%)
Females: 76,568  (50.4%)
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Average household size:
Penobscot County:

2.0 people
Maine:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $50,349 ($34,274 in 1999)
This county:

$50,349
Maine:

$56,277

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $752 (lower quartile is $513, upper quartile is $912)
This county:

$752
State:

$720


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $136,300 (it was $77,400 in 2000)
Penobscot:

$136,300
Maine:

$191,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $80,700 - $197,100

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $176,830
Here:

$176,830
State:

$249,348

Townhouses or other attached units: $158,050
Here:

$158,050
State:

$259,036

In 2-unit structures: $148,031
Here:

$148,031
State:

$237,224

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $170,317
Here:

$170,317
State:

$261,373

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $210,633
Here:

$210,633
State:

$253,444

Mobile homes: $58,812
Here:

$58,812
State:

$68,752

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $11,169
Here:

$11,169
State:

$33,858

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,174
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $397

Institutionalized population: 1,577

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 8
  • Burglaries: 228
  • Thefts: 495
  • Auto thefts: 35

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 4
  • Burglaries: 241
  • Thefts: 493
  • Auto thefts: 19
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Health of residents in Penobscot 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 3.4. This is about average.
72.8% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
51.6% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
66.7% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
66.5% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 199 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 164 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 263 buildings, average cost: $73,500
  • 1998: 309 buildings, average cost: $77,100
  • 1999: 317 buildings, average cost: $86,900
  • 2000: 356 buildings, average cost: $90,100
  • 2001: 381 buildings, average cost: $96,200
  • 2002: 498 buildings, average cost: $106,300
  • 2003: 570 buildings, average cost: $117,700
  • 2004: 658 buildings, average cost: $121,900
  • 2005: 737 buildings, average cost: $134,700
  • 2006: 610 buildings, average cost: $143,800
  • 2007: 433 buildings, average cost: $155,800
  • 2008: 281 buildings, average cost: $148,000
  • 2009: 279 buildings, average cost: $142,600
  • 2010: 249 buildings, average cost: $145,000
  • 2011: 213 buildings, average cost: $162,800
  • 2012: 197 buildings, average cost: $152,000
  • 2013: 240 buildings, average cost: $159,900
  • 2014: 213 buildings, average cost: $154,100
  • 2015: 197 buildings, average cost: $191,900
  • 2016: 194 buildings, average cost: $190,200
  • 2017: 250 buildings, average cost: $190,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Penobscot, ME residents
Average permit cost in Penobscot, ME
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,190 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,681 (1.7%)

Distribution of median household income in Penobscot, ME in 2017
Distribution of house value in Penobscot, ME in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Penobscot, ME in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 14.6%
Penobscot County:

14.6%
Maine:

11.1%
(13.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 29.9% for Black residents, 24.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 50.0% for American Indian residents, 34.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 42.2 years old
(Males: 39.5 years old, Females: 44.0 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42.9 years old, Black residents: 27.5 years old, American Indian residents: 33.8 years old, Asian residents: 40.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21.0 years old, Other race residents: 47.4 years old)

Area name: Penobscot County, ME (part) HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Penobscot County is $458 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $551 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $689 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Old Town, Millinocket, Hermon, Hampden, Glenburn, Orrington, Lincoln.

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

2018 air pollution in Penobscot County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.035 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 5.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Below U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Clark County, Washington , Crow Wing County, Minnesota , Forest County, Wisconsin , Multnomah County, Oregon , Latah County, Idaho , Skamania County, Washington , Polk County, Wisconsin .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.0%
Maine:

3.8%

Unemployment by year in Penobscot, ME
County total employment by year in Penobscot, ME
County average yearly wages by year in Penobscot, ME

Current college students: 12,276
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 92.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 29.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 4,597 (50.9% naturalized citizens)

Penobscot County:

3.0%
Whole state:

3.4%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 9122010 or later
  • 8812000 to 2009
  • 4521990 to 1999
  • 3711980 to 1989
  • 4191970 to 1979
  • 1,571Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 91.5%

Penobscot County marital status for males Penobscot County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 49,795
  • One, attached: 1,327
  • Two: 4,086
  • 3 or 4: 5,251
  • 5 to 9: 2,410
  • 10 to 19: 1,911
  • 20 to 49: 1,075
  • 50 or more: 617
  • Mobile homes: 9,299
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 93

Housing units in Penobscot County with a mortgage: 25,183 (197 second mortgage, 3,307 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 18,264

Here:

58.1% with mortgage
State:

61.5% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Penobscot County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic16,58115
Mainline Protestant9,71559
Evangelical Protestant7,52380
Other2,93622
Orthodox3001
None116,868-
Penobscot 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: 34
Penobscot County:

2.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 38
This county:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 85
Penobscot County:

5.72 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 110
This county:

7.41 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Penobscot County:

9.0%
Maine:

8.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Penobscot County:

28.0%
State:

25.0%

Agriculture in Penobscot County:

Average size of farms: 186 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $50,357
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $266.11
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 6.90%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 65.13%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $47,875
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 35.43%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $54,487
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.91%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.28
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 49.71%
Corn for grain: 651 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 292 acres

Earthquake activity:

Penobscot County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Maine state average. It is 93% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 63.8 miles away from Penobscot 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 249.5 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 289.4 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 183.4 miles away from the county center
On 2/26/1999 at 03:38:43, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 2.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 61.8 miles away from Penobscot County center
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 26.0 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:

  • Maine Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 28, 2008 to May 14, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1755: May 09, 2008, FEMA Id: 1755, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Maine Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3256: September 19, 2005, FEMA Id: 3256, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Maine Snow, Incident Period: March 09, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3209: April 01, 2005, FEMA Id: 3209, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Maine Snow, Incident Period: February 10, 2005 to February 11, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3206: March 14, 2005, FEMA Id: 3206, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Maine Snow, Incident Period: December 14, 2003 to December 15, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3194: January 26, 2004, FEMA Id: 3194, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Maine Snow, Incident Period: December 06, 2003 to December 07, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3190: January 15, 2004, FEMA Id: 3190, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Maine Extreme Winter Weather, Incident Period: December 17, 2002 to June 01, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1468: May 14, 2003, FEMA Id: 1468, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Maine Severe Storms & Flooding, Incident Period: March 05, 2001 to March 31, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1371: May 16, 2001, FEMA Id: 1371, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Maine Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 05, 2001 to March 31, 2001, Emergency Declared EM-3164: March 20, 2001, FEMA Id: 3164, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Maine Ice Storms, Incident Period: January 05, 1998 to January 25, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1198: January 13, 1998, FEMA Id: 1198, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • 7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Penobscot County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Snows: 5, Heavy Rains: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Penobscot

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 59,689 (79.9%)
  • Carpooled: 8,343 (11.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 251 (0.3%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 584 (0.8%)
  • Bicycle: 161 (0.2%)
  • Walked: 2,603 (3.5%)
  • Worked at home: 3,089 (4.1%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (33%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
  • Public administration (3%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (34%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
  • Public administration (3%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Canada (24%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (11%)
  • India (6%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • Hungary (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Penobscot County


  • American (16%)
  • English (13%)
  • French (except Basque) (11%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • French Canadian (8%)
  • Scottish (3%)
  • German (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

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

  • 3,817 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 902 people in nursing homes
  • 643 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 243 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 152 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 130 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 113 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 113 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 82 people in other group homes
  • 63 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 61 people in state prisons
  • 54 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 30 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 15 people in religious group quarters
  • 13 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 12 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 9 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 8 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 7 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 4 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped

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

  • 4,769 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,085 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 397 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 186 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 183 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 161 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 141 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 125 people in state prisons
  • 90 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 62 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 62 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 26 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 18 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 13 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $57,914.

4.70% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,368 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.70%
Maine average:

5.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.58% relocated from other counties in Maine ($19,489 average AGI)
2.13% relocated from other states ($22,879 average AGI)
Penobscot County:

2.13%
Maine average:

2.80%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hancock County, ME  0.46% ($39,233 average AGI)
from Somerset County, ME  0.31% ($32,551)
from Waldo County, ME  0.30% ($35,315)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.28% ($41,994)
from Aroostook County, ME  0.26% ($33,912)
from Kennebec County, ME  0.21% ($37,093)
from Piscataquis County, ME  0.18% ($30,806)


5.36% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($47,844 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.36%
Maine average:

5.73%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.02% relocated to other counties in Maine ($27,146 average AGI)
2.34% relocated to other states ($20,698 average AGI)
Penobscot County:

2.34%
Maine average:

2.61%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cumberland County, ME  0.52% ($78,156 average AGI)
to Hancock County, ME  0.43% ($64,636)
to Waldo County, ME  0.35% ($39,428)
to Kennebec County, ME  0.32% ($35,592)
to Somerset County, ME  0.32% ($30,652)
to York County, ME  0.20% ($33,150)
to Aroostook County, ME  0.19% ($40,241)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.9

Births per 1000 population in Penobscot County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Penobscot County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Penobscot County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 14.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Penobscot County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Penobscot County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Penobscot County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Penobscot County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Penobscot County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Penobscot County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 27,676 (20,616 aged, 7,060 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 2,878 (9%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

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

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,729)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,386)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,369)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,091)
  • Unspecified dementia (779)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (763)
  • Congestive heart failure (572)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (557)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (505)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (399)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.7
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 16,952
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 312
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 57,035

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,067
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 990
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 42
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 73

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 134.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 73.1
  • Suffocation - 28.3
  • Poisoning - 25.3
  • Other - 7.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 151,957
  • In family households: 110,998 (18,146 male householders, 18,622 female householders)
    27,953 spouses, 36,203 children (33,753 natural, 781 adopted, 1,669 stepchildren), 1,421 grandchildren, 1,098 brothers or sisters, 1,374 parents, 1,368 other relatives, 4,813 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 33,789 (11,509 male householders (8,163 living alone)), 12,343 female householders (9,800 living alone)), 9,937 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 7,170

Size of family households: 18,580 2-persons, 7,591 3-persons, 7,137 4-persons, 2,577 5-persons, 652 6-persons, 231 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 17,963 1-person, 4,891 2-persons, 630 3-persons, 121 4-persons, 247 5-persons.

16,431 married couples with children.
8,440 single-parent households (3,086 men, 5,354 women).

96.1% of residents of Penobscot speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (82% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (66% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (97% speak English very well, 3% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,019,651,000 ($6,880 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $94,639,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $403,013,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $174,287,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,075,000
Federal grants: $286,703,000
Federal procurement contracts: $45,761,000 ($31,097,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $104,813,000 ($31,744,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $12,401,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $76,667,000
Federal Government insurance: $36,859,000

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

Births: 8,052
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 7,017
Here:

48 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +714
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +553
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+28 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Penobscot County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 10.15 millions of gallons per day (39% from ground, 61% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built in Penobscot County, Maine
  • Year house built in Penobscot County, Maine
  • 1,3682014 or later
  • 2,4742010 to 2013
  • 12,6562000 to 2009
  • 8,6341990 to 1999
  • 10,5621980 to 1989
  • 10,8331970 to 1979
  • 5,6411960 to 1969
  • 5,4551950 to 1959
  • 2,3701940 to 1949
  • 15,8711939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Penobscot County, Maine
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Penobscot County, Maine
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Penobscot County, Maine
  • 2501 room
  • 2082 rooms
  • 1,9323 rooms
  • 5,1304 rooms
  • 8,9105 rooms
  • 9,0216 rooms
  • 6,3447 rooms
  • 5,9468 rooms
  • 5,7069+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Penobscot County, Maine
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Penobscot County, Maine
  • 6691 room
  • 8992 rooms
  • 2,5353 rooms
  • 5,3414 rooms
  • 4,0755 rooms
  • 1,7816 rooms
  • 9387 rooms
  • 6888 rooms
  • 2479+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Penobscot County, Maine
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Penobscot County, Maine
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Penobscot County, Maine
  • 250no bedroom
  • 1,5451 bedroom
  • 10,1242 bedrooms
  • 21,6293 bedrooms
  • 8,0844 bedrooms
  • 1,8155+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Penobscot County, Maine
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Penobscot County, Maine
  • 834no bedroom
  • 3,5491 bedroom
  • 7,4372 bedrooms
  • 4,2233 bedrooms
  • 1,0524 bedrooms
  • 785+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Penobscot County, Maine in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Penobscot County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Penobscot County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,042no vehicle
  • 13,2401 vehicle
  • 19,5942 vehicles
  • 6,3643 vehicles
  • 2,5824 vehicles
  • 6255+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Penobscot County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Penobscot County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 2,753no vehicle
  • 9,0821 vehicle
  • 3,5082 vehicles
  • 1,4873 vehicles
  • 1364 vehicles
  • 2075+ vehicles

84.8% of Penobscot County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 53% lived in Maine.

Penobscot County:

84.8%
State average:

86.2%

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

  • This state: 111,448
  • Other state: 34,593
  • Northeast: 22,115
  • Midwest: 3,858
  • South: 5,719
  • West: 2,901
Year householders moved into unit in Penobscot County, ME
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Penobscot County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 66.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 12.5%Wood
  • 8.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.0%Utility gas
  • 4.0%Electricity
  • 2.1%Other fuel
  • 0.3%No fuel used
  • 0.1%Coal or coke
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 44.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 24.8%Utility gas
  • 12.9%Electricity
  • 12.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.0%Wood
  • 1.6%Other fuel
  • 1.4%Coal or coke
  • 0.9%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 660
Here:

5.2%
Maine:

9.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 522
Here:

8.0%
Maine:

11.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,563
Here:

11.9%
Maine:

26.4%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Penobscot County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $2,783,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $11,537,000
    Police Protection: $4,928,000
    General - Other: $4,787,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,612,000
    General Public Buildings: $655,000
    Central Staff Services: $485,000
    Financial Administration: $127,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $140,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $114,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,500,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,500,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $49,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,722,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $23,000
  • Tax - Property: $13,477,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,873,000

Penobscot County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $2,783,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $11,537,000
    Police Protection: $4,928,000
    General - Other: $4,787,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,612,000
    General Public Buildings: $655,000
    Central Staff Services: $485,000
    Financial Administration: $127,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $140,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $114,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,500,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,500,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $49,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,722,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $23,000
  • Tax - Property: $13,477,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,873,000

Penobscot County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $2,783,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $11,537,000
    Police Protection: $4,928,000
    General - Other: $4,787,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,612,000
    General Public Buildings: $655,000
    Central Staff Services: $485,000
    Financial Administration: $127,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $140,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $114,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,500,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,500,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $49,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,722,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $23,000
  • Tax - Property: $13,477,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,873,000

Penobscot County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $2,783,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $11,537,000
    Police Protection: $4,928,000
    General - Other: $4,787,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,612,000
    General Public Buildings: $655,000
    Central Staff Services: $485,000
    Financial Administration: $127,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $140,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $114,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,500,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,500,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $49,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,722,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $23,000
  • Tax - Property: $13,477,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,873,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 4,604
  • Number of aged recipients: 215
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 4,389
  • Number of recipients under 18: 459
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,583
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 562
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,851
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,098
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 49 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED620$128,279713$123,6372,648$130,794408$52,78217$582,706298$107,809157$58,433
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED25$145,92053$114,491216$131,56029$79,1030$018$167,50012$45,167
APPLICATIONS DENIED142$115,289123$104,976982$136,595220$47,6593$176,333102$109,039114$56,544
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN44$119,29553$126,415557$137,66630$87,1003$610,33335$109,60016$88,688
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS9$148,00014$141,71499$143,3948$96,6250$011$115,5456$65,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 45 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED83$159,49494$179,8516$153,0001$69,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED35$192,97136$180,9174$204,2500$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED8$193,62512$147,5000$01$95,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN6$147,83313$174,9230$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$132,0003$151,0000$00$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Penobscot, ME
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Penobscot, ME - Value
Most common first names in Penobscot County, ME among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John86074.2 years
Mary84679.9 years
George68075.6 years
Robert63270.0 years
William61674.4 years
Charles58475.9 years
James56771.1 years
Helen44580.3 years
Harold41474.9 years
Margaret38880.9 years
Most common last names in Penobscot County, ME among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith46376.7 years
Brown29576.6 years
Clark19374.7 years
Davis18675.9 years
White17674.4 years
King16575.4 years
Thompson16175.7 years
Grant14575.6 years
Gray14473.7 years
Robinson14078.8 years
Businesses in Penobscot County, ME
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lane Furniture2
Abercrombie & Fitch1LensCrafters1
Advance Auto Parts2Little Caesars Pizza1
Aeropostale1Lowe's2
American Eagle Outfitters2Macy's1
Applebee's1Marriott2
Arby's1Marshalls1
Ashley Furniture1MasterBrand Cabinets21
Audi1Mazda1
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's10
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motel 61
Best Western1Motherhood Maternity2
Blockbuster1New Balance2
Budget Car Rental1New York & Co1
Burger King4Nike3
Charlotte Russe1Nissan1
Chevrolet3Old Navy1
Circle K22Olive Garden1
Cold Stone Creamery3Pac Sun1
Comfort Inn1Papa John's Pizza1
Curves1Payless2
Dairy Queen4Penske1
Days Inn1Pizza Hut4
Deb1Quiznos2
Dennys1RadioShack2
Domino's Pizza1Ramada1
DressBarn1Rite Aid10
Dressbarn1Ruby Tuesday2
Dunkin Donuts15Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Econo Lodge1Sam's Club1
Express1Sears5
Famous Footwear1Shaw's1
Fashion Bug1Spencer Gifts1
FedEx14Staples2
Finish Line1Starbucks2
Foot Locker1Subaru1
Ford4Subway14
GNC9Super 81
GameStop2T-Mobile3
Gap1T.J.Maxx1
Goodwill5Taco Bell3
H&R Block6Talbots1
Hilton1Target1
Holiday Inn1Toyota1
Hollister Co.1Toys"R"Us1
Home Depot1Travelodge1
Honda1True Value7
Hot Topic1U-Haul9
Howard Johnson1U.S. Cellular8
Hyundai1UPS25
JCPenney1Verizon Wireless1
Journeys1Victoria's Secret1
Justice1Volkswagen1
KFC4Walgreens3
Kmart1Walmart3
Kohl's1Wendy's2
La-Z-Boy1YMCA2
Lane Bryant1

Penobscot County on our top lists:

  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"