Oxford County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Maine with a
population of 54,755 as of the 2000 U.S. census.
county seat is Paris
Oxford County is included in the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine metropolitan New England City and Town
Area while a different part of Oxford County is included in the
Portland-Biddeford, Maine, metropolitan New England City and Town
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total
area of 2,175 square miles
), of which,
2,078 square miles (5,382 km²) of it is land and
97 square miles (252 km²) of it (4.47%) is water.
Adjacent regional county municipality
As of the census
of 2000, there were 54,755
people, 22,314 households, and 15,173 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 32,295 housing
units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 98.25% White
, 0.17% Black
or African American
, 0.28% Native American
, 0.37% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.11% from
, and 0.80%
from two or more races. 0.53% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 23.6% were of
English, 13.9% French, 13.7% United States or American, 10.1% Irish and 8.4% French Canadian ancestry according to
95.9% spoke English
and 2.6% French
as their first language.
There were 22,314 households out of which 30.40% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples
living together, 9.50% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families.
25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the
age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from
45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,435, and
the median income for a family was $39,794. Males had a median
income of $30,641 versus $21,233 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$16,945. About 8.30% of families and 11.80% of the population were
below the poverty line
14.80% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or