Introduction to Skowhegan, Maine

Skowhegan, Maine, in Somerset county, is 80 miles N of Portland, Maine and 179 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. There are 8,824 residents in the town.

Skowhegan History

Skowhegan was once inhabited by the Norridgewock tribe of Abenaki Indians. The town derived its name from an Algonquian term meaning "place to watch fish" and "waiting place." It was first settled in by Europeans in 1773. At that time, it was a part of Canaan. The town was incorporated on February 5, 1823 and was named Milburn. However it was renamed Skowhegan in 1836. In 1871, it became the county seat of Somerset County.

Skowhegan and nearby Attractions

  • Skowhegan History House
  • Sampsons Shopping Center
  • Redington Museum
  • Lake Saint George State Park
  • Nowetah's American Indian Museum
  • Edward Arlington Robinson House

Things To Do In Skowhegan

The Skowhegan Village Shopping Center, Sampsons Shopping Center, and the Village Plaza Mall Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers. Each year, the town celebrates the Fall Festival, the Skowhegan State Fair, the Arts and Air Fest and Harvest Days.

Skowhegan Transportation

Air transportation is available from Bangor International Airport.

Skowhegan Higher Education

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


Total Population 6,219
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 18.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,482
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 41%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.1%
Median Earnings25+ $30,297
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,034
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,750


Median Family Income $37,679
% Above Poverty Level 74.4%
% Below Poverty Level 25.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 41.3%
Median Gross Rent $646
Median House Value $107,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 21.8%
Irish 17.6%

Skowhegan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 80 miles N of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 179 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Somerset
Standard Zip Codes 04976
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.765
Longitude -69.719

Skowhegan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 26 F
Apr Temp 31 to 51 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 36 to 56 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 26 F
Apr Temp 29 to 52 F
Jul Temp 53 to 79 F
Oct Temp 33 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
Distance 24.6 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 26 F
Apr Temp 30 to 52 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 33 to 57 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anson 734 $33,750
Canaan 2,199 $56,339
Cornville 1,229 $51,923
Madison 2,648 $32,981
Norridgewock 1,254 $62,218
Smithfield 1,071 $59,500

Skowhegan Public Libraries

Skowhegan Public Library
Skowhegan, Maine
(207) 474-9072

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Skowhegan Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(207) 474-5121
Emergency Service: Yes

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