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0.3% decline
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Median Household Income
2.33% growth
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0.92% growth
Median Property Value
0.29% decline

About the photo: The older suspension bridge is in front of the new cable-stayed bridge across the Penobscot River. Taken from Fort Knox. Verona Island across the water.


The economy of Penobscot County, ME employs 72,513 people. The economy of Penobscot County, ME is specialized in Educational Services; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Healthcare & Social Assistance, which employ respectively 1.47; 1.46; and 1.45 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Penobscot County, ME are Healthcare & Social Assistance (14,516), Retail trade (11,356), and Educational Services (9,907), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($71,250), Utilities ($55,303), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($41,418).

Median household income in Penobscot County, ME is $45,302. Males in Penobscot County, ME have an average income that is 1.09 times lower than the average income of females, which is $43,124. The income inequality of Penobscot County, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.425 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Penobscot County, ME. In Penobscot County, ME the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 55-64 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 131 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,287. Penobscot County, ME has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Maine.


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Penobscot County, ME is home to a population of 152,978 people, from which 98.6% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Penobscot County, ME is composed of 144,082 White residents (94.2%), 2,460 Two+ residents (1.61%), 1,895 Hispanic residents (1.24%), 1,699 Asian residents (1.11%), and 1,617 Native residents (1.06%). The most common foreign languages in Penobscot County, ME are French (2,750 speakers), Spanish (1,103 speakers), and Chinese (536 speakers), but compared to other places, Penobscot County, ME has a relative high number of French (2,750 speakers), German (514 speakers), and Other Native North American (94 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Penobscot County, ME awarded 3,531 degrees. The student population of Penobscot County, ME is skewed towards females, with 1,613 male students and 1,918 female students. Most students in Penobscot County, ME are White (2,984 and 84.5%), followed by Unknown (180 and 5.1%), Black or African American (68 and 1.93%), and Asian (61 and 1.73%). The largest universities in Penobscot County, ME by number of graduates are University of Maine (2,119 and 60%), Husson University (849 and 24%), and Eastern Maine Community College (428 and 12.1%). The most popular majors in Penobscot County, ME are General Business Administration & Management (167 and 4.73%), General Psychology (151 and 4.28%), and Registered Nursing (132 and 3.74%). The median tuition costs in Penobscot County, ME are $16,050 for private four year colleges, and $8,370 and $27,240 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Penobscot County, ME is $137,000, which is 0.67 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $137,400 to $137,000, a 0.29% increase. The homeownership rate of Penobscot County, ME is 68.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Penobscot County, ME have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Penobscot County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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