Washington County, Maine

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Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. In 2000, its population was 33,941. Its county seat is Machias[1].

Sometimes referred to as "Sunrise County" because it is the easternmost county in the United States, and it is often where the rising sun first shines on the 48 contiguous states. Many small seaside communities have small-scale fishing-based economies. Tourism is also important along the county's shoreline, but it is not as important as elsewhere in the state. The blueberry crop plays a major role in the county's economy; nearly 85% of the world's supply of wild blueberries come from Washington County.[2]

Washington County was established on June 25, 1789.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,255 square miles (8,430 km²), of which 2,568 square miles (6,652 km²) is land and 686 square miles (1,778 km²) (21.09%) is water.

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