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The 2000 Census showed that Piscataquis County had a population of 17,235 people. This represented 1.35% of the total population of Maine, making it the state's 16th most populous county (out of 16 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Piscataquis had a population of 16,795 people. This is a decrease of 2.55% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201017,535+1.74%+4.41% since 2009
200916,795-2.55%-1.14% since 2008
200816,989-1.43%-1.11% since 2007
200617,177-0.34%-0.45% since 2005
200517,255+0.12%+0.26% since 2004
200317,204-0.18%+0.42% since 2002
200117,135-0.58%-0.58% since 2000
200017,235The Last Census

Piscataquis County had 13,783 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Piscataquis County has a total area<3> of 4,377 square miles [11,337 km²]. Of this total, 3,966 square miles [10,272 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (9.39%) being water (411.1 square miles [1,064 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Piscataquis County had a population density of 4.35 people per square mile [1.68 people/km²], making it the state's 16th most densely populated county (out of 16 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Piscataquis County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Piscataquis and the state of Maine.

Click here for the Piscataquis County QuickFact (QF-23021).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Piscataquis County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Piscataquis County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AroostookQF-23003   NE71,48873,938-3.31%
PenobscotQF-23019   SE149,419144,9193.11%
SomersetQF-23025   SW50,94750,8880.12%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Piscataquis. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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