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Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mainemarker. As of 2000, the population was 50,888. Its county seat is Skowheganmarker .


Somerset County was established in March 1, 1809 from portions of Kennebec Countymarker and was named after Somerset County in Englandmarker.

Law, Government, & Politics

Somerset County is part of Maine's 2nd congressional district.

In 1992 Somerset County was one of three counties in the state (the others being Knox and Piscataquis) where Ross Perot received over 38% of the vote and won. In 2008 Barack Obama received 51.9% of the vote.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,095 square miles (10,607 km²), of which, 3,926 square miles (10,170 km²) of it is land and 169 square miles (437 km²) of it (4.12%) is water.

Geographic features

Rivers, Lakes, & Waterfalls

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Adjacent regional county municipalities


There are 27 towns and 6 plantation in Somerset County.

Skowhegan]] Municipalities by County District
District #1 District #2 District #3
Anson & North Ansonmarker Fairfieldmarker Canaanmarker
Athensmarker Madisonmarker Cornvillemarker
Binghammarker Mercermarker Detroitmarker
Brighton marker Norridgewockmarker Pittsfieldmarker
Cambridgemarker Smithfieldmarker Skowheganmarker
Caratunkmarker Solonmarker
Dennistown marker
Highland Plantationmarker
Moose Rivermarker
New Portlandmarker
Pleasant Ridge Plantationmarker
St. Albansmarker
The Forks marker
West Forks marker

Unorganized Territories

Somerset County's unorganized territories, listed as four political subdivisions composed of a total of 82 townships, are currently part of County District #1.

Political subdivisions & townships

    • Mayfield
    • Bald Mountain
    • East Moxie
    • Square Town
    • Moxie Gore
    • Indian Stream EKR
    • Chase Stream WKR
    • Johnson Mountain
    • Parlin Pond
    • Misery
    • Sapling
    • Long Pond
    • Sandwich Academy Grant
    • Taunton & Raynham
    • Rockwood Strip (T1 R1)
    • Rockwood Strip (T2 R2)
    • Misery Gore
    • Carrying Place
    • Carrying Place Town
    • Dead River
    • Bigelow
    • Bow Town
    • Pierce Pond
    • T3R4 BKP WKR
    • Flagstaffmarker
    • Lower Enchanted
    • Spring Lake (T3R5 BKP WKR)
    • King & Bartlett
    • Upper Enchanted
    • Hobbstown
    • Haynestown (T5 R6)
    • Bradstreet
    • Rayton (T5 R7)
    • Appleton
    • Attean
    • Holeb
    • Forsyth
    • Tomhegan
    • Brassua
    • Thorndike
    • Sandy Bay
    • Bald Mountain (T4R3)
    • Alder Brook
    • Soldiertown
    • West Middlesex Canal Grant
    • Big W
    • Little W
    • Seboomook
    • Plymouth
    • Pittston Academy
    • Hammond
    • Prentiss
    • Blake Gore
    • T4R5 NBKP
    • Dole Brook
    • Comstock
    • T4R17 WELS
    • Elm Stream
    • Russell Pond
    • T5R17 WELS
    • T5R18 WELS
    • T5R19 WELS
    • T5R20 WELS
    • Big Six
    • T6R18 WELS
    • T6R17 WELS
    • Saint John
    • T7R16 WELS
    • T7R17 WELS
    • T7R18 WELS
    • T7R19 WELS
    • T8R16 WELS
    • T8R17 WELS
    • T8R18 WELS
    • T8R19 WELS
    • T9R16 WELS
    • T9R17 WELS
    • T9R18 WELS
    • Big Ten
    • T10R16 WELS


As of the census of 2000, there were 50,888 people, 20,496 households, and 14,121 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 28,222 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.00% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.9% were of English, 17.7% French, 15.1% United Statesmarker or American, 11.5% Irish and 8.8% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.2% spoke English and 2.9% French as their first language.

There were 20,496 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,731, and the median income for a family was $36,464. Males had a median income of $29,032 versus $20,745 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,474. About 11.10% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.


Unified school districts

Secondary schools

Higher education


See also


  1. Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer (New York City: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 1794
  2. Geo. J. Varney. (1886). History of Somerset County, Maine. From A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. Transcribed by Betsey S. Webber
  3. The History Of Bingham Maine & Somerset County
  4. 1992 Presidential Election statistics at David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas
  5. The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Maine)
  6. - (Click "Commissioners", then "County Commissioners")
  7. SOMERSET COUNTY COMMUNITY LISTING (106) And 2000 Census Population Figures of 50,888

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