Piscataquis County, Maine
|Piscataquis County, Maine|
Location in the state of Maine
Maine's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 23, 1838|
|Named for||Abenaki word meaning "branch of the river"|
4,377.36 sq mi (11,337 km²)
3,966.22 sq mi (10,272 km²)
411.14 sq mi (1,065 km²), 9.39%
4.4/sq mi (1.7/km²)
Piscataquis County was incorporated on 23 March 1838, taken from parts of adjacent Penobscot and Somerset counties. It is located at the geographic center of Maine. Originally it extended north to the Canadian border, but in 1844 its northern portion was annexed by Aroostook County. In land area, Piscataquis is one of the largest U.S. counties east of the Mississippi River. It is also one of two counties in the Northeast (and seven counties east of the Mississippi River) that meets Frederick Jackson Turner's requirements for "frontier" country - that is, having fewer than six inhabitants per square mile, the other being Hamilton County, New York.
Piscataquis is an Abenaki word meaning "branch of the river" or "at the river branch."
Baxter State Park, a large wilderness preserve, is located in Piscataquis County.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 4,377.36 square miles (11,337.3 km2), of which 3,966.22 square miles (10,272.5 km2) (or 90.61%) is land and 411.14 square miles (1,064.8 km2) (or 9.39%) is water. The largest lake in the county is Moosehead Lake at 120 square miles (310 km2). The highest natural point in the county and the state of Maine is Mount Katahdin at 5,271 feet (1,606 meters), while the geographic center is Greeley Landing in the Town of Dover-Foxcroft.
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As of the census of 2000, there were 17,235 people, 7,278 households, and 4,854 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 13,783 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.84% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.6% were of English, 16.4% French, 15.3% United States or American and 11.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.9% spoke English and 2.0% French as their first language.
There were 7,278 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $28,250, and the median income for a family was $34,852. Males had a median income of $28,149 versus $20,241 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,374. About 11.20% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.
Piscataquis County has one of the lowest rates of religious adherents in the United States. The county ranks at 3,085 of 3,148 counties (lowest 2%), with 20.5% of the population regularly attending congregations or claiming religious membership.
In Maine, Piscataquis County ranks tenth of the 16 counties in percentage of religious adherents.The State of Maine has the lowest percentage of religious adherents in the United States at 27%.
Government and politics
County Manager: Marilyn Tourtelott
County Treasurer: Gail Lynch
Finance Administrator: Phyllis Lyford
Sheriff: John Goggin
EMA Director: Tom Capraro
Probate Register: Donna Peterson
Deeds Register: Linda Smith
District Attorney: R. Chris Almy
DA Administrative Assistant: Elaine Roberts
Head of Maintenance: David Ronco
Judge of Probate: James R.Austin 
County Commissioners and Districts
Piscataquis County is administered by three County Commissioners, each representing one of the three county districts. They are elected for four year terms. A term of office begins on January 1st following the election in November. County Commissioner meetings are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the County Courthouse in Dover-Foxcroft. The meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until the agenda for the meeting has been addressed.
District 1:Eric P. Ward
District 2:James D. Annis
District 3:Frederick Trask
District 1 includes the towns of Abbot, Beaver Cove, Greenville, Guilford, Kingsbury Plt, Monson, Parkman, Shirley, Wellington and the Unorganized Territories of Blanchard, Elliotsville and Northwest Piscataquis.
District 3 includes the towns of Atkinson, Bowerbank, Brownville, Lake View Plt, Medford, Milo, Sebec and the Unorganized Territories of Barnard, Ebeeme, Katahdin Iron Works, Orneville, Williamsburg and Northeast Piscataquis County.
|Piscataquis Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of November 2012|
In the 2012 Piscataquis County Commissioner District 2 election, Republican candidate James Annis received 52% of the vote. Democratic candidate Susan Mackey-Andrews received 48%. In the District 3 election, Republican incumbent Frederick Trask received 50.2% (1,282 votes) and Democratic candidate Donald Crossman received 49.8% (1,271 votes) - a difference of 11 votes, confirmed after a recount.
|2012||52.0% 1,496||48.0% 1,378||- -||- -||James Annis||2|
|2012||50.2% 1,282||49.8% 1,271||- -||- -||Frederick Trask||3|
In the Maine gubernatorial election, 2010, Republican candidate Paul LePage received the most votes in Piscataquis County with 48.4%. Three Independent candidates ran in this election: Eliot Cutler received the second most Piscatquis votes with 36.5% of the total, Shawn Moody received 3.1% and Kevin Scott, 1%. Democratic candidate, Libby Mitchell received the third most votes in the county with 10.9% of the total. Paul LePage was elected governor.
In the Maine gubernatorial election, 2006, Republican candidate Chandler Woodcock received the most votes in Piscataquis County with 37.7%. Democratic candidate, incumbent governor John Baldacci received 34.5%. Independent candidate Barbara Merrill received 19.7%, Green party candidate Pat LaMarche received 7.4%, and Phillip Morris NaPier received .63% of the Piscataquis vote. John Baldacci was reelected governor.
In the Maine gubernatorial election, 2002, Democratic candidate John Baldacci received the most votes in Piscataquis County with 50.4%. Republican candidate Peter Cianchette received 42.9% of the county vote and Green Party candidate, Jonathan Carter received 5.1%. John Baldacci was elected governor.
In the Maine gubernatorial election, 1998, Independent candidate Angus King received the most votes in Piscataquis County with 50.2%. Republican candidate James Longley, Jr. received 26.6%, Democratic candidate Tom Connolly received 10.7%. Other candidates split 12.5% of the vote. Angus King was elected governor.
|2010||48.4% 3,724||10.9% 837||40.6% 3,124||.1% 1||Paul LePage|
|2006||37.7% 2,829||34.5% 2,591||19.7% 1,476||8.1% 606||Chandler Woodcock|
|2002||42.9% 3,045||50.4% 3,583||- -||5.1% 362||John Baldacci|
|1998||26.6% 1,752||10.7% 708||50.2% 3,313||12.5% 824||Angus King|
|1994||34.7% 2,649||28.9% 2,206||27.9% 2,131||8.6% 655||Susan Collins|
|1990||51.1% 4,177||29.3% 3,213||9.6% 783||0% 4||John McKernan|
Piscataquis County is entirely within Maine's 2nd congressional district, which comprises 80% of the state and is the largest district east of the Mississippi River.
In the United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2012, incumbent Democratic candidate Michael Michaud received the most Piscataquis County votes with 53% of the total. Republican candidate, Kevin Raye received 47%. Michael Michaud was reelected to the House.
|2012||47.0% 4,150||53.0% 4,673||- -||- -||Michael Michaud|
In the United States Senate election in Maine, 2012, Independent candidate and former Maine governor, Angus King received the most votes in Piscataquis County with 45.7% of the vote. Republican candidate, Charlie Summers received 40.1% and Democratic candidate, Cynthia Dill received 10.4%. Stephen M. Woods received 136 votes, Andrew I. Dodge received 126 votes and Danny F. Dalton, 76 votes. Angus King was elected to the Senate.
|2012||40.1% 3,522||10.4% 911||45.7% 4,016||3.8% 338||Angus King|
|2008||69.1% 6,494||30.8% 2,896||--||0% 4||Susan Collins|
|2006||75.4% 5,564||16.9% 1,244||7.6% 558||.1% 10||Olympia Snowe|
|2002||65.3% 4,633||34.7% 2,459||--||- -||Susan Collins|
|2000||71.9% 6,428||28.1% 2,510||--||- -||Olympia Snowe|
|1996||56.3% 5,057||38.2% 3,429||--||5.5% 494||Susan Collins|
|1994||69.9% 5,313||26.8% 2,037||3.2% 245||.1% 9||Olympia Snowe|
|1990||66.0% 5,222||34.0% 2,686||- -||- -||William Cohen|
In the United States presidential election, 2012, Republican candidate Mitt Romney received the most votes in Piscataquis County with 50.6%. Democratic incumbent Barack Obama received 46.3%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 1.5% and Green Independent candidate Jill Stein received 1.24%. There were a total of 30 "write in" votes; 29 of these were for Ron Paul and 1 for Rocky Anderson. Barack Obama was reelected President. 
Since 2000, Piscataquis County has generally been the most reliably Republican county in Maine, and by extension New England. In 2008, Piscataquis was the only county in New England to vote for John McCain, by a margin of 355 votes or 3.8% over Barack Obama, with Obama winning Maine by a 17.3% margin over McCain.
|2012||50.6% 4,530||46.3% 4,149||- -||3.1% 276||Mitt Romney|
|2008||50.7% 4,785||47.0% 4,430||- -||2.3% 219||John McCain|
|2004||53.3% 5,299||44.4% 4,409||- -||2.3% 232||George W. Bush|
|2000||52.3% 4,845||40.5% 3,745||- -||7.2% 666||George W. Bush|
|1996||31.6% 2,815||48.7% 4,343||- -||19.8% 1,762||Bill Clinton|
|1992||29.6% 2,970||33.1% 3,323||36.8% 3,688||.5% 50||Ross Perot|
|1988||58.3% 4,788||40.4% 3,323||- -||1.3% 106||George H. Bush|
|1984||64.0% 5,427||35.6% 3,016||- -||.5% 39||Ronald Reagan|
|1980||46.9% 4,015||41.5% 3,550||9.1% 781||2.4% 209||Ronald Reagan|
|1976||50.5% 4,084||46.1% 3,727||- -||3.4% 279||Gerald Ford|
|1972||64.7% 4,617||35.3% 2,518||- -||0% 1||Richard Nixon|
|1968||46.2% 3,199||51.5% 3,561||- -||2.3% 158||Hubert Humphrey|
|1964||34.1% 2,473||65.9% 4,781||- -||- -||Lyndon Johnson|
|1960||63.4% 4,959||36.6% 2,859||- -||- -||Richard Nixon|
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See also↑Jump back a section
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- source: US Census Bureau. "Frontier Counties of the United States 2010". Rural Assistance Center. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- November 4, 2008 General Election Tabulations (US President by County)
- 2008 Presidential General Election Results. U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- 2004 Presidential General Election Data Graphs - Maine. U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- 1996 Presidential General Election Data Graphs - Maine. U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- 1992 Presidential General Election Data Graphs - Maine. U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- Official website of Piscataquis County
- History of Piscataquis County, Maine: From Its Earliest Settlement to 1880. By Amasa Loring. Published 1880.
- Piscataquis County Economic Development Council
- Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce
- Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce
- Three Rivers Community Alliance
- University of Maine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office