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Overview

Introduction to Caribou, Maine

Caribou, Maine, in Aroostook county, is 246 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 345 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts.

Caribou History

In 1793, Alexander Cochran visited the present day City of Caribou. Charles Turner first surveyed the area in 1807. The area was known as the town of Lyndon and was incorporated on April 5, 1859. On February 26, 1869 it was renamed Caribou. It was reincorporated as a city on February 23, 1967.

Caribou and nearby Attractions

  • Nylander Museum of Natural History
  • Sweden Street Plaza Shopping Center
  • Caribou Historical Center & Museum
  • Aroostook State Park
  • Northern Maine Museum of Science
  • Fort Kent State Historic Site

Things To Do In Caribou

Caribou is home to many shopping centers such as the Access Highway Shopping Center, Sweden Street Plaza Shopping Center, Downtown Mall Shopping Center and the Sweden Street Plaza Shopping Center. The Nylander Museum and Caribou Historical Center and Museum are good places to visit if one wishes to learn more about the area’s history. The city also organizes the Fall Harvest Festival and the Mid Sommar’s Festival every year.

Caribou Transportation

Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque can be reached within few minutes.

Caribou Higher Education

The University of Maine, the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington offer higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 7,960
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 19.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,610
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 47.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,484
% Above Poverty Level 79.5%
% Below Poverty Level 20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 37.3%
Median Gross Rent $620
Median House Value $88,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.2%
US/American 0%
English 16%
Irish 15.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Caribou Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 246 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 345 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Aroostook
Standard Zip Codes 04736
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.86
Longitude -68.012

Caribou Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CARIBOU MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 19 F
Apr Temp 29 to 47 F
Jul Temp 55 to 76 F
Oct Temp 34 to 51 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Station VAN BUREN 2
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp -7 to 19 F
Apr Temp 27 to 46 F
Jul Temp 54 to 76 F
Oct Temp 32 to 52 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
Station FORT KENT
Distance 38.4 miles
Jan Temp -6 to 19 F
Apr Temp 26 to 46 F
Jul Temp 53 to 77 F
Oct Temp 32 to 52 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caswell 283 $31,875
Limestone 1,257 $40,469
New Sweden 626 $53,036
Perham 401 $57,321
Washburn 948 $51,111
Woodland 869 $49,737

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Caribou Public Libraries

Library
Caribou Public Library
30 HIGH STREET
Caribou, Maine
(207) 493-4214
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Caribou Hospitals

CARY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
163 VAN BUREN RD, SUITE 1
(207) 498-3111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Caribou High Schools

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CARIBOU HIGH SCHOOL
308 SWEDEN STREET
207-493-4260
Serves 581 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

CARIBOU LEARNING CENTER
75 BENNETT DRIVE
207-493-4266
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.8

CARIBOU REG APPLIED TECH CTR
308 SWEDEN STREET
207-493-4270
A Vocational School

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