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Maine Counties

There are sixteen Counties in Maine. Prior to statehood. The first county to be created was York County, created as York County, Massachusetts by the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652.  Maine was granted statehood on March 15, 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise. Nine of the sixteen Counties had their borders defined while Maine was still part of Massachusetts, and hence are older than the state itself. Even after 1820, the exact location of the northern border of Maine was disputed with Britain, until the question was settled and the northern counties took their final, official form by treaty in 1845.

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Maine Counties: History and Information

Find a brief history of Maine CountiesBrief history of Maine Counties: Flags of Our Nation

The State of Maine is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, New Hampshire to the southwest, the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is the northernmost portion of New England and is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States. It is known for its scenery- its jagged, mostly rocky coastline; its low, rolling mountains; and its heavily forested interior - as well as for its seafood cuisine, especially lobsters and clams.

This is a list of the sixteen counties in the state of Maine. Before statehood, Maine was officially part of the state of Massachusetts and was called the District of Maine. Maine was granted statehood on March 15, 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise. Nine of the sixteen counties had their borders defined while Maine was still part of Massachusetts, and hence are older than the state itself. Even after 1820, the exact location of the northern border of Maine was disputed with Britain, until the question was settled and the northern counties took their final, official form by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, signed in 1842. Almost all of Aroostook County was disputed land until the treaty was signed.

The first county to be created was York County, created as York County, Massachusetts by the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652 to govern territories it claimed in southern Maine.  No new counties have been created since 1860, when Knox County and Sagadahoc County were created. The most populous counties tend to be located in the southwestern portion of the state, along the Atlantic seaboard. The largest counties in terms of land area are inland and further north. Maine's county names derive from a mix of British, American, and Native American sources, reflecting Maine's pre-colonial, colonial, and national heritage.

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County 2000
Population
Square
Miles
County Seat Created
Androscoggin County 103,793 470 Auburn 1854
Aroostook County 73,938 6,672 Houlton 1839
Cumberland County 265,612 836 Portland 1760
Franklin County 29,467 1,698 Farmington 1838
Hancock County 51,791 1,589 Ellsworth 1789
Kennebec County 117,114 868 Augusta 1799
Knox County 39,618 366 Rockland 1860
Lincoln County 33,616 456 Wiscasset 1760
Oxford County 54,755 2,078 South Paris 1805
Penobscot County 144,919 3,396 Bangor 1816
Piscataquis County 17,235 3,966 Dover-Foxcroft 1838
Sagadahoc County 35,214 254 Bath 1854
Somerset County 50,888 3,927 Skowhegan 1809
Waldo County 36,280 730 Belfast 1827
Washington County 33,941 2,569 Machias 1789
York County 186,742 991 Alfred 1636
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