County Profile

Aroostook

Known to many as “The County” or “The Crown of Maine,” geographically Aroostook County is Maine’s largest county. It is, in fact, the largest county this side of the Mississippi and larger than the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

Known for its Nordic sports and Acadian culture, Aroostook was historically viewed as an agriculture powerhouse, producing broccoli, potatoes, hay, small grain rotation crops, it is emerging as a leader in wind power.

 

Aroostook

Aroostook County at a Glance:

  • The estimated poverty rate in Aroostook County is 17.7%.*
  • Nearly 22% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 34.2% of children in Aroostook County receive SNAP benefits, 54.2% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 26.4% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Aroostook County is 8.1 per 1,000.**
  • 9.3 per every 1,000 children in Aroostook County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 59% of children in Aroostook County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 47.2% of people in Aroostook County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 18.9% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 12.4% of the population achieved a high school degree; 20% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Aroostook County is 90.3%.**

 

*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

DateOrganizationAwardDescriptionLocation
2018Aroostook County Action Program$18,266To provide matching funds for ACAP's Low Income Heating Assistance Program.Presque Isle, ME
2018Aroostook County Action Program$100,000To provide support for the Family Coach program, which pairs families who are vulnerable with coaches to assist them in meeting their housing and other basic needs.Presque Isle, ME
2018Four Directions Development Corporation$15,000To provide support for general operations to provide access to safe, quality housing for members of the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribes, mostly located in Aroostook, Penobscot, and Washington counties.Orono, ME
2018Friends of Baxter State Park$20,000To expand participation in the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps, giving young people in Maine’s Katahdin region work experience, job skills, and increased confidence and aspirations.Belfast, ME
2016Aroostook County Action Program$25,000To support the Energy Crisis Intervention Program, an effort that helps individuals and families manage crises such as homelessness or eviction in Aroostook County.Presque Isle, ME
2016Bath Housing Development Corporation$25,000To provide comprehensive technical assistance services to four Maine Public Housing Authorities as they replicate Bath Housing’s Community Aging in Place Program.Bath, ME
2016Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems$20,000To provide support for the Patient Assistance Fund to help cancer patients in Aroostook County with travel and lodging, and financial help for medication co-pays.Presque Isle, ME
2016Friends of Aroostook$10,000To provide funding to grow, maintain, harvest and deliver fresh produce to people in need living in Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties.Houlton, ME
2016Upper Valley Economic Council$5,000To provide support for the Upper Valley Economic Council's Food Pantry, serving food insecure families in Aroostook County.Sherman, ME
2015Friends of Aroostook$15,000To provide funding to grow, maintain, harvest, and deliver fresh produce to Area Agencies on Aging sites in Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties.Houlton, ME
2015Upper Valley Economic Council$5,000To provide support for the Upper Valley Economic Council's Food Pantry, serving food insecure families in Aroostook County.Sherman, ME
2014Aroostook Area Agency on Aging$15,000To provide farm fresh produce as well as prepared meals for home delivery to home-bound and disabled seniors.Presque Isle, ME
2014Aroostook County Action Program$20,000To provide funding to support staff and program costs to help low-income clients achieve self sufficiency through access to food, employment, housing and medical carePresque Isle, ME
2014Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems$20,000To provide support to establish a Patient Assistance Fund to help cancer patients in Aroostoock County with travel and lodging, and financial help for medication co-pays.Presque Isle, ME
2013Aroostook Area Agency on Aging$25,000To provide meals to low-income seniors.Presque Isle, ME
2013The University of Maine System$39,000To provide services to homebound seniors living in isolated areas and increase travel reimbursement rates for all companion volunteers.Orono, ME
2012Aroostook County Action Program$12,500To replenish the Emergency Relief Fund that provides resources to clients for basic needs when there is no other resource in the community.Presque Isle, ME
2012Aroostook Dental Clinic$21,400To support dental services to 1,300 low-income children in Aroostook County.Presque Isle, ME