Knox County, Maine

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Knox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. As of 2000, the population was 39,618. Its county seat is Rockland.[1] The county is named for American Revolutionary War general and Secretary of War Henry Knox, who lived in the county from 1795 until his death in 1806. The county was established on April 1, 1860, carved from parts of Waldo and Lincoln counties. [1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,142 square miles (2,958 km²), of which 366 square miles (947 km²) is land and 776 square miles (2,011 km²) (67.98%) is water. It was originally part of the Waldo Patent.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 39,618 people, 16,608 households, and 10,728 families residing in the county. The population density was 108 people per square mile (42/km²). There were 21,612 housing units at an average density of 59 per square mile (23/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.28% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.4% were of English, 12.2% Irish, 11.7% United States or American, 7.5% German and 5.7% French ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.1% spoke English and 1.5% French as their first language.

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