York County, Maine

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York County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. In 2000, the population was 186,742. Its county seat is Alfred[1].

Founded in 1636, it is the oldest county in Maine and one of the oldest in the United States.

York County is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,271 square miles (3,293 km²), of which 991 square miles (2,566 km²) is land and 280 square miles (726 km²) (22.06%) is water.

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At the 2000 census[2], there were 186,742 people, 74,563 households and 50,851 families residing in the county. The population density was 188 per square mile (73/km²). There were 94,234 housing units at an average density of 95 per square mile (37/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.56% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 0.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The most cited ethnicities were English (17.9%), French (14.5%), French Canadian (13.9%), Irish (12.5%), United States or American (9.6%) and Italian (5.1%). 90.84% of the population spoke English and 6.92% spoke French as their first language.[1]

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