World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Waldo County, Maine


Waldo County, Maine

Waldo County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting Waldo County
Location in the state of Maine
Map of the United States highlighting Maine
Maine's location in the U.S.
Founded 1827
Named for Samuel Waldo
Seat Belfast
Largest city Belfast
 • Total 853 sq mi (2,209 km2)
 • Land 730 sq mi (1,891 km2)
 • Water 123 sq mi (319 km2), 14%
 • (2010) 38,786
 • Density 53/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Waldo County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,786.[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]


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected area 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Politics 3
  • Communities 4
  • Cultural References 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total 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.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 36,280 people, 14,726 households, and 10,057 families residing 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 according to Census 2000. 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.


Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of June 2014[11]
  Unenrolled 11,055 38.40%
  Republican 8,375 29.09%
  Democratic 7,899 27.44%
  Green Independent 1,456 5.05%
Total 28,785 100%


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.

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Coolidge, Austin J.; John B. Mansfield (1859). A History and Description of New England. Boston, Massachusetts. pp. 337–338. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  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. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of June 10, 2014" (PDF). Maine Bureau of Corporations. 

External links

  • Official Website of Waldo County
  • Maine Genealogy: Waldo County, Maine

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.