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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,476
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens23.6%
Employed Population 16+2,740
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married40.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.1%
Median Earnings25+$27,531
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,688
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,600

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,338
% Above Poverty Level79.7%
% Below Poverty Level20.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone42.4%
Median Gross Rent$732
Median House Value$85,800

Ancestry

English24.7%
French Except Basque19.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.5%
Irish15.7%
Canadian6.2%
German5.1%
Scottish4.6%
Italian3.4%
Swedish2.5%
Polish1.5%
Finnish1.4%
Lithuanian1.1%
Portuguese1%
Barbadian0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Guyanese0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Slovak0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Arab0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Skowhegan Almanac

CategoryValue
County Somerset County
Standard Zip Codes4976
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude44.77
Approximate Longitude-69.71

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)

StationMADISON
Distance8.4 miles
Jan Temp4 to 26 F
Apr Temp31 to 51 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp36 to 56 F
Annual Precip39.5 inches
StationFARMINGTON
Distance21.9 miles
Jan Temp3 to 26 F
Apr Temp29 to 52 F
Jul Temp53 to 79 F
Oct Temp33 to 57 F
Annual Precip46.6 inches
StationCORINNA
Distance24.6 miles
Jan Temp1 to 26 F
Apr Temp30 to 52 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp33 to 57 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Anson912$62,546
Madison2,691$51,768
Norridgewock1,195$48,625

Skowhegan Public Libraries

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

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Skowhegan Hospitals

Redington-fairview General Hospital
(Non-profit)
46 Fairview Avenue
(207) 474-5121

Skowhegan Public Schools

Bloomfield Elementary School
140 Academy Circle
ZIP: 4976
(207) 474-6221
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Margaret Chase Smith Sch.-skowhegan
40 Heselton Street
ZIP: 4976
(207) 474-9822
Middle
Total Enrollment 202
North Elementary School
33 Jewett Street
ZIP: 4976
(207) 474-2907
Primary
Total Enrollment 198
Skowhegan Area High School
61 Academy Circle
ZIP: 4976
(207) 474-5511
High
Total Enrollment 813
Skowhegan Area Middle School
155 Academy Circle
ZIP: 4976
(207) 474-3339
Middle
Total Enrollment 535
Somerset Career & Technical Center
61 Academy Circle
ZIP: 4976
(207) 474-2151
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