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Waldo County, Maine

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Waldo County
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Map of Maine highlighting Waldo County
Location within the U.S. state of Maine
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Maine's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 44°28′29″N 69°07′05″W / 44.474743°N 69.117981°W / 44.474743; -69.117981
Country United States
State Maine
Founded1827
Named forSamuel Waldo
SeatBelfast
Largest cityBelfast
Area
 • Total853 sq mi (2,210 km2)
 • Land730 sq mi (1,900 km2)
 • Water123 sq mi (320 km2)  14%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total39,607
 • Density46/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewaldocountyme.gov

Waldo County is a county in the state of Maine, in the United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 39,607.[1] Its county seat is Belfast.[2] 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.[3][4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an 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.[5]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
183029,788
184041,50939.3%
185047,23013.8%
186038,447−18.6%
187034,522−10.2%
188032,463−6.0%
189027,759−14.5%
190024,185−12.9%
191023,383−3.3%
192021,328−8.8%
193020,286−4.9%
194021,1594.3%
195021,6872.5%
196022,6324.4%
197023,3283.1%
198028,41421.8%
199033,01816.2%
200036,2809.9%
201038,7866.9%
202039,6072.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2016[10] 2018[11]

2000 census

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 36,280 people, 14,726 households, and 10,057 families living in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km2). There were 18,904 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.89% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.8% were of English, 14.7% United States or American, 12.7% Irish, 8.5% French and 5.6% German ancestry. 97.1% spoke English and 1.5% French as their first language.

There were 14,726 households, out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,986, and the median income for a family was $40,402. Males had a median income of $29,644 versus $23,816 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,438. About 10.90% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

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.[13] 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).[14] 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.[13] 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.[15]

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.[13]

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.[16]

Politics

Prior to the late 20th century, Waldo County was a solidly Republican county, going for Democrats only once between 1920 and 1988. It was one of the counties that voted for Ross Perot in 1992. In each election of the 21st century, Waldo County was won by a Democrat, but never with more than 55% of the vote.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of May 2019 [needs update][17]
Unenrolled 11,255 35.67%
Democratic 6,768 30.26%
Republican 9,055 28.7%
Green Independent 1,693 5.37%
Libertarian 3 0.01%
Total 31,556 100%
United States presidential election results for Waldo County, Maine[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 11,196 46.03% 12,345 50.76% 781 3.21%
2016 10,378 45.70% 10,440 45.98% 1,889 8.32%
2012 9,058 43.01% 11,296 53.63% 707 3.36%
2008 9,423 43.13% 11,967 54.77% 460 2.11%
2004 10,309 46.19% 11,555 51.77% 454 2.03%
2000 8,689 45.40% 8,477 44.29% 1,972 10.30%
1996 5,318 30.78% 8,012 46.37% 3,949 22.85%
1992 5,241 28.29% 6,472 34.93% 6,816 36.79%
1988 8,236 55.73% 6,402 43.32% 140 0.95%
1984 8,814 62.22% 5,289 37.34% 63 0.44%
1980 6,514 49.57% 4,883 37.16% 1,743 13.26%
1976 6,289 54.06% 4,853 41.72% 491 4.22%
1972 6,480 68.78% 2,941 31.21% 1 0.01%
1968 4,821 56.19% 3,525 41.08% 234 2.73%
1964 3,324 38.11% 5,397 61.87% 2 0.02%
1960 6,844 70.64% 2,845 29.36% 0 0.00%
1956 6,590 82.64% 1,384 17.36% 0 0.00%
1952 6,363 80.29% 1,545 19.50% 17 0.21%
1948 4,371 74.21% 1,469 24.94% 50 0.85%
1944 4,291 70.30% 1,807 29.60% 6 0.10%
1940 5,170 61.56% 3,214 38.27% 14 0.17%
1936 5,309 64.97% 2,678 32.77% 185 2.26%
1932 4,505 53.21% 3,907 46.14% 55 0.65%
1928 4,851 77.07% 1,402 22.28% 41 0.65%
1924 4,003 75.80% 1,125 21.30% 153 2.90%
1920 4,383 71.52% 1,666 27.19% 79 1.29%
1916 2,418 47.58% 2,539 49.96% 125 2.46%
1912 881 18.20% 2,145 44.31% 1,815 37.49%
1908 2,491 63.22% 1,335 33.88% 114 2.89%


Communities

City

Towns

[1]

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated villages

Cultural references

Waldo County features in Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel The House of the Seven Gables as the site of extensive landholdings once claimed by the formerly aristocratic Pyncheon family.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Census - Geography Profile: Waldo County, Maine". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Coolidge, Austin J.; John B. Mansfield (1859). A History and Description of New England. Boston, Massachusetts: A.J. Coolidge. pp. 337–338. coolidge mansfield history description new england 1859.
  4. ^ History of Waldo County, Maine . From A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. By George J. Varney. Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill, Boston 1886. Accessed 24 April 2019 via Ray's Place website.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  11. ^ "QuickFacts. Waldo County, Maine". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  15. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  16. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  17. ^ Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions (May 5, 2019). "Registered & Enrolled Voters - Statewide" (PDF). Department of the Secretary of State, State of Maine. p. 27. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  19. ^ Griffiths, Thomas Morgan (1943). ""Montpelier" and "Seven Gables" Knox's Estate and Hawthorne's Novel". The New England Quarterly. 16 (3): 432–443. doi:10.2307/361028. ISSN 0028-4866.

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