Aroostook County, ME

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Population

68,840

0.814% decline

Median Age

47.2


Median Household Income

$39,021

2.45% growth

Poverty Rate

17.5%


Number of Employees

30,233

1.34% decline

Median Property Value

$97,000

1.25% growth

About

In 2017, Aroostook County, ME had a population of 68.8k people with a median age of 47.2 and a median household income of $39,021. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Aroostook County, ME declined from 69,405 to 68,840, a -0.814% decrease and its median household income grew from $38,087 to $39,021, a 2.45% increase.

The population of Aroostook County, ME is 94.5% White Alone, 1.7% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 1.41% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Aroostook County, ME speak a non-English language, and 98.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Aroostook County, ME are Northern Maine Community College (204 degrees awarded in 2016), University of Maine at Fort Kent (197 degrees), and University of Maine at Presque Isle (183 degrees).

The median property value in Aroostook County, ME is $97,000, and the homeownership rate is 71.7%. Most people in Aroostook County, ME commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Aroostook County, ME is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Aroostook County, ME employs 30.2k people. The largest industries in Aroostook County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,140 people), Retail Trade (3,961 people), and Manufacturing (3,116 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($44,872), Utilities ($41,615), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($41,429).

Median household income in Aroostook County, ME is $39,021. Males in Aroostook County, ME have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,792. The income inequality in Aroostook County, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,021

2017 value

± $1,177

2.45%

1 Year Growth

± 4.34%

Households in Aroostook County, ME have a median annual income of $39,021, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $38,087 in 2016, which represents a 2.45% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,075

Average Male Salary

± $2,642

$44,792

Average Female Salary

± $1,926

In 2017, full-time male employees in Maine made 1.3 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $48,746 ± $19,436

  2. White

    $43,832 ± $1,466

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $41,588 ± $101,474

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Maine workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Aroostook County, ME is from Maine.

0.447

2017 Wage GINI

0.45

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Maine was 0.447 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.62% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Maine was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maine in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9511

  2. Census Tract 9514

  3. Census Tract 9525

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Aroostook County, ME was Census Tract 9511 with a value of $53,986, followed by Census Tract 9514 and Census Tract 9525, with respective values of $49,696 and $48,284.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Aroostook County, ME colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Aroostook County, ME (11.7k out of 66.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    10,545 ± 523

  2. Native American

    513 ± 90

  3. Two Or More

    304 ± 104

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Aroostook County, ME is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

30.2k

2017 Value

± 860

-1.34%

1 Year decline

± 4.06%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Aroostook County, ME declined at a rate of -1.34%, from 30.6k employees to 30.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Aroostook County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,007 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,722 people), and Management Occupations (2,387 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Aroostook County, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Aroostook County, ME, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,007 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,722 people), and Management Occupations (2,387 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Aroostook County, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.93 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.8 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.73 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Aroostook County, ME, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($71,140), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,563), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($57,582).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

30.2k

2017 Value

± 860

-1.34%

1 Year decline

± 4.06%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Aroostook County, ME declined at a rate of -1.34%, from 30.6k employees to 30.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Aroostook County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,140 people), Retail Trade (3,961 people), and Manufacturing (3,116 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Aroostook County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Aroostook County, ME and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Aroostook County, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,140 people), Retail Trade (3,961 people), and Manufacturing (3,116 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Aroostook County, ME has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.45 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.47 times), and Public Administration (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Aroostook County, ME, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($44,872), Utilities ($41,615), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($41,429).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $7.7B

  2. $3.41B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $7.7B, followed by Fuel oils ($3.41B) and Gasoline ($3.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Maine products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$41.8B

2015 Value

$56.8B

Projected 2045 Value

36.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Maine trade was $41.8B. This is expected to increase 36.1% to $56.8B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Maine trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $3.48B

  2. $3.07B

  3. $2.42B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $3.48B, followed by New Hampshire with $3.07B and New York and $2.42B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Maine shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91% of the population of Aroostook County, ME has health coverage, with 38% on employee plans, 24.1% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 2.95% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Aroostook County, ME was $9,531 in 2014. This is a 4.36% increase from the previous year ($9,133).

Primary care physicians in Aroostook County, ME see 1072 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.92% decrease from the previous year (1177 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1888 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 203 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.6%). Additionally, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,072 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Aroostook County, ME see an average of 1,072 patients per year. This represents a 8.92% decrease from the previous year (1,177 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Aroostook County, ME in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,531

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,015

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,504

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,325

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Maine (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.36%, from $9,133 to $9,531.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.97%

Uninsured

38%

Employer Coverage

24.1%

Medicaid

12.8%

Medicare

13.3%

Non-Group

2.95%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Aroostook County, ME declined by 5.31% from 9.48% to 8.97%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Aroostook County, ME changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.6% prevalence

  2. 12.3% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maine, at 12.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Maine by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Aroostook County, ME is home to a population of 68.8k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.39% of Aroostook County, ME residents were born outside of the country (3.02k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Aroostook County, ME is composed of 65k White Alone residents (94.5%), 1.17k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.7%), 970 Two or More Races residents (1.41%), 767 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.11%), 620 Black or African American Alone residents (0.901%), 280 Asian Alone residents (0.407%), 4 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00581%), and 4 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.00581%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Aroostook County, ME are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

61

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Aroostook County, ME was 47.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 61. But people in Aroostook County, ME are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Aroostook County, ME residents was 47.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.39%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.02k people

4.36%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.02k people

As of 2017, 4.39% of Aroostook County, ME residents (3.02k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Aroostook County, ME was 4.36%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    9,674 ± 2,406 people

  2. Philippines

    2,503 ± 1,227 people

  3. China

    2,372 ± 1,195 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 9,674 Maine residents, followed by Philippines with 2,503 and China with 2,372.

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Citizenship

98.3%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.3% of Aroostook County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Aroostook County, ME was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    65k ± 3

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1.17k ± 102

  3. Two or More Races

    970 ± 153

In 2017, there were 55.5 times more White Alone residents (65k people) in Aroostook County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.17k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 970 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Aroostook County, ME as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Aroostook County, ME citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Aroostook County, ME was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Aroostook County, ME are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,482 ± 181

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    852 ± 130

  3. Korea

    536 ± 113

Aroostook County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.91 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Aroostook County, ME awarded 584 degrees. The student population of Aroostook County, ME is skewed towards women, with 1,507 male students and 2,603 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Aroostook County, ME are White (480 and 88.1%), followed by Unknown (29 and 5.32%), Black or African American (10 and 1.83%), and Two or More Races (9 and 1.65%).

The largest universities in Aroostook County, ME by number of degrees awarded are Northern Maine Community College (204 and 34.9%), University of Maine at Fort Kent (197 and 33.7%), and University of Maine at Presque Isle (183 and 31.3%).

The most popular majors in Aroostook County, ME are Nursing School (95 and 16.3%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (62 and 10.6%), and General Business (34 and 5.82%).

The median tuition costs in Aroostook County, ME are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,600 and $10,230 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 95 degrees awarded

  2. 42 degrees awarded

  3. 34 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Aroostook County, ME was Nursing School with 95 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Aroostook County, ME according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 204 degrees awarded

  2. 197 degrees awarded

  3. 183 degrees awarded

$6,600

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Aroostook County, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northern Maine Community College with 204 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

232

Degrees Awarded to Men

352

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 232 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Aroostook County, ME, which is 0.659 times less than the 352 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Aroostook County, ME by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    480 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    29 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    10 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Aroostook County, ME were to White students. These 480 degrees mean that there were 16.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 29 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Aroostook County, ME was $97,000 in 2017, which is 0.446 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $95,800 to $97,000, a 1.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Aroostook County, ME is 71.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Aroostook County, ME have an average commute time of 16.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Aroostook County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$39,021

Median Household Income

± $1,177

29.8k

Number of Households

± 846

In 2017, the median household income of the 29.8k households in Aroostook County, ME grew to $39,021 from the previous year's value of $38,087.

The following chart displays the households in Aroostook County, ME distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$97,000

2017 Median

± $2,577

$95,800

2016 Median

± $2,205

In 2017, the median property value in Aroostook County, ME grew to to $97,000 from the previous year's value of $95,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Aroostook County, ME compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Aroostook County, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Aroostook County, ME distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Aroostook County, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.7%

2017 Homeownership

72.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.7% of the housing units in Aroostook County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Aroostook County, ME compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Aroostook County, ME distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Aroostook County, ME have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

16.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Aroostook County, ME have a shorter commute time (16.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.45% of the workforce in Aroostook County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.75%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.25%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Aroostook County, ME was Drove Alone (80.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.75%) and those who Worked At Home (4.25%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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