Aroostook County, Maine

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Aroostook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. In 2000, its population was 73,938. It is the largest county in the state. Its seat is Houlton.[1] In land area, Aroostook County is the largest U.S. county east of the Mississippi River. 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, Aroostok again gained land from Penobscot, plus it exchanged land with Piscataquis County. In 1889, Arrostook gained slightly from Penobscot, but gave back the land in 1903 when Arrostook County gained its final form.[2]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,829 square miles (17,687.0 km2), of which 6,672 square miles (17,280.4 km2) is land and 157 square miles (406.6 km2) (2.30%) is water. Aroostook County is about the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

Adjacent U.S. counties

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