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Aroostook County, Maine

US county information
NameAroostook County
StateMaine
SeatHoulton
Largest cityPresque Isle
US Area
Total Area6828.79 sq mi (17686.6 km2)
Land Area6671.54 sq mi (17279.3 km2)
Water Area157.25 sq mi (407.3 km2)
Population71870 (2010)
Density4.1/km2 (10.7/sq mi)
FoundedMay 1, 1839

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Aroostook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. In 2010, its population was 71,870. In land area, it is the largest county in the state and the largest U.S. county east of the Mississippi River. Its seat is Houlton. Among residents of Maine, it is often referred to simply as "The County."

As Maine's northernmost county, its northernmost town, Estcourt Station, is therefore also the northernmost town of New England and of the continental U.S. east of the Great Lakes.

Aroostook County is known for its potato crops, as well as its French culture. In the northernmost region of the county, which borders Madawaska County, New Brunswick, many of the residents are bilingual.

The county is an emerging hub for wind power.

Aroostook County was formed in 1839 from parts of Penobscot and Washington Counties. In 1843, Aroostook gained land from Penobscot County; in 1844, Aroostook again gained land from Penobscot, plus it exchanged land with Piscataquis County. In 1889, Aroostook gained slightly from Penobscot, but gave back the land in 1903 when Aroostook County gained its final form.


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