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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,902
Male Share of the Population51.3%
Female Share of the Population48.7%
Senior Citizens22.3%
Employed Population 16+3,478
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married49.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.3%
Median Earnings25+$31,517
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,625
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,085

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,307
% Above Poverty Level81.7%
% Below Poverty Level18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone38.5%
Median Gross Rent$623
Median House Value$88,900

Ancestry

French Except Basque35.2%
English16.2%
Irish15.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.2%
Canadian8.2%
Swedish6.5%
Scottish4.3%
Italian2.9%
African1.7%
Polish1.7%
Nigerian1.5%
Arab0.9%
West Indian0.9%
Lebanese0.6%
Haitian0.6%
Egyptian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Dutch0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Greek0.1%
Czech0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
German0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
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Caribou Almanac

CategoryValue
County Aroostook County
Standard Zip Codes4736
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude46.86
Approximate Longitude-67.99

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)

StationCARIBOU MUNICIPAL AP
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp-0 to 19 F
Apr Temp29 to 47 F
Jul Temp55 to 76 F
Oct Temp34 to 51 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches
StationVAN BUREN 2
Distance21.5 miles
Jan Temp-7 to 19 F
Apr Temp27 to 46 F
Jul Temp54 to 76 F
Oct Temp32 to 52 F
Annual Precip37.5 inches
StationFORT KENT
Distance38.4 miles
Jan Temp-6 to 19 F
Apr Temp26 to 46 F
Jul Temp53 to 77 F
Oct Temp32 to 52 F
Annual Precip36.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Caswell236$36,667
Limestone1,413$41,875
New Sweden599$50,000
Perham396$58,021
Washburn1,050$50,625
Woodland939$48,864

Caribou Public Libraries

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 Road
(207) 498-3111

Caribou Public Schools

Caribou High School
308 Sweden Street
ZIP: 4736
(207) 493-4260
High
Total Enrollment 444
Caribou Middle School
21 Glenn Street
ZIP: 4736
(207) 493-4240
Middle
Total Enrollment 269
Caribou Regionaltechnology Ctr
308 Sweden Street, Suite 1
ZIP: 4736
(207) 493-4270
Hilltop Elementary School
19 Marshall Avenue
ZIP: 4736
(207) 493-4250
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Teague Park School
59 Glenn Street
ZIP: 4736
(207) 493-4248
Primary
Total Enrollment 221

Caribou Private Schools

Circle Of Learning
1137 Presque Isle Rd
ZIP: 4736
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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