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Overview

Introduction to Skowhegan, Maine

Skowhegan, Maine, in Somerset county, is 80 miles N of Portland, Maine and 179 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

People

Total Population 6,260
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,497
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 36.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $32,450
% Above Poverty Level 73.3%
% Below Poverty Level 26.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 39.6%
Median Gross Rent $671
Median House Value $96,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.7%
US/American 0%
English 23.2%
Irish 21%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station MADISON
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
Station FARMINGTON
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
Station CORINNA
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 791 $59,236
Canaan 2,277 $49,900
Cornville 1,257 $54,375
Madison 2,372 $40,500
Norridgewock 1,198 $60,833
Smithfield 1,028 $64,375

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

Skowhegan Public Libraries

Library
Skowhegan Public Library
9 ELM STREET
Skowhegan, Maine
(207) 474-9072

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Skowhegan Hospitals

REDINGTON FAIRVIEW GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
FAIRVIEW AVE
(207) 474-5121
Emergency Service: Yes

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61 ACADEMY CIRCLE
207-474-5511
Serves 969 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

SKOWHEGAN REGIONAL TECH CTR
61 ACADEMY CIRCLE
207-474-2151
A Vocational School

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