Introduction to Presque Isle, Maine

Presque Isle, Maine is 235 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 334 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Aroostook County.

Presque Isle History

Presque Isle was originally known as Fairbanks. The city was founded by Dennis Fairbanks and was first settled in by Europeans in 1828. It was incorporated on April 4, 1859, when it adopted its current name. The city derived its name from a French term meaning "peninsula." The city became largely dependent on agriculture in the late 19th century. The New Brunswick Railroad first entered the city in 1881. It annexed the town of Maysville in 1883. The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad first arrived in the city in 1895. Presque Isle was reincorporated as a city on January 1, 1940.

Presque Isle and nearby Attractions

  • Northern Maine Museum of Science
  • Aroostook State Park
  • Big Rock Mountain
  • Aroostook Agricultural Museum
  • Aroostook State Park
  • Fort Kent State Historic Site

Things To Do In Presque Isle

While in Presque Isle, one can visit the Bicentennial Park, Aroostook State Park, Peace Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Aroostook State Park. The Arnold Brook Lake Recreation Area is also a popular tourist destination. One can also visit the Northern Maine Museum of Science or the Nylander Museum while in Preaque Isle as well. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Presque Isle Country Club.

Presque Isle Transportation

Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle is the nearest airport.

Presque Isle Higher Education

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Technical College are located in the city.


Total Population 9,378
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,398
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 47%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $49,135
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 36.3%
Median Gross Rent $622
Median House Value $103,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.4%
US/American 0%
English 24.5%
Irish 18.1%

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

Presque Isle Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 235 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 334 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Aroostook
Standard Zip Codes 04769
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.681
Longitude -68.016

Presque Isle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 21 F
Apr Temp 29 to 48 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 35 to 53 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches
Distance 12.9 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 33.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Castle Hill 366 $51,250
Chapman 446 $63,333
Easton 1,156 $52,917
Mapleton 763 $48,194
Washburn 948 $51,111
Westfield 645 $45,469

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

Presque Isle Public Libraries

Presque Isle - Turner Memorial Library
Presque Isle, Maine
(207) 764-2571
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Presque Isle Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(207) 768-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 14

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