County Profile

Piscataquis

Centrally located in the state, Piscataquis County is Maine’s least populous county.  Piscataquis County is home to Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin – the highest point in the state and the northern end of the Appalachian trail.

Piscataquis

Piscataquis County at a Glance:

  • 30.5% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 37.5% of children in Piscataquis County receive SNAP benefits, 61.9% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 28.4% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in Piscataquis County is 13.2 per 1,000.**
  • 11.2 per every 1,000 children in Piscataquis County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 63% of children in Piscataquis county participate in MaineCare.**
  • 53.9% of people in Piscataquis County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • 17% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 40.9% of the population achieved a high school degree; 2.9% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for Piscataquis County is 91.1%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

DateOrganizationAwardDescriptionLocation
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
2018Penquis$25,000To provide emergency home repair services to low-income families in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties whose homes have been determined to pose an "imminent threat to health or safety" to prevent homelessness, illness, and injury.Bangor, ME
2018Piscataquis Regional Food Center$3,200To provide support for a Farm Share program, providing fresh vegtables and fruit to homebound seniors living in or near Piscataquis County.Dover Foxcroft, ME
2017Penquis$25,000To provide support for the Piscataquis Safe Havens Center.Bangor, ME
2017Pine Tree Hospice$10,000For general operating support.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2016Penquis$15,000To provide transportation assistance for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment or support.Bangor, ME
2016Pine Tree Hospice$15,000To assist clients and families experiencing end-of-life challenges and bereavement.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2015Eastern Area Agency on Aging$20,000To support the Pantry Partners program, which serves low-income clients through emergency and supplemental food boxes and transportation of food from food pantries to seniors' homes.Bangor, 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
2015Maine Farmland Trust$25,000To support programs that help address the needs of food insecure people in Maine.  Belfast, ME
2015Penquis$25,000To provide funding for transportation assistance for cancer patients who do not have or cannot afford transportation.Bangor, ME
2015Penquis$25,000For the Good Neighbor Fund, which is specifically targeted to Maine communities with unexpected heating needs due to recent mill closings.Bangor, ME
2015Pine Tree Hospice$15,000To provide operating support to assist clients and families experiencing end-of-life challenges and bereavement.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2015Piscataquis Regional YMCA$20,000To support the Maine FarmShare program, which provides fresh produce to seniors.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2014Penquis$15,000To provide funding for transportation assistance for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment or support.Bangor, ME
2014Pine Tree Hospice$15,000To provide operating support to assist clients and families experiencing the challenges and needs that accompany end of life and bereavement.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2014Spruce Run Womancare Alliance$15,000To provide general operating support for 24 hour emergency shelter for men and women fleeing domestic violence situations.Bangor, ME
2013Community Health and Counseling Services$24,250To provide remote patient monitoring for individuals age 60+ living with chronic diseases such as diabetes or congestive heart failure.Bangor, ME
2013Eastern Area Agency on Aging$100,000To support the expansion of the EZ Fix program, a year round home repair and independent living program for low-income Maine senior citizens and adults with disabilities.Bangor, ME
2013Penobscot Community Health Care$25,000To increase provision of home-based primary care to seniors with chronic conditions, allowing them to age in place and maintain their health.Bangor, ME
2013Penquis$20,000To provide transportation assistance (rides or financial reimbursement) for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment.Bangor, ME
2013Pine Tree Hospice$14,250To provide general operating support to continue their mission of assisting clients and families experiencing the challenges accompanying end of life and bereavement.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2012Charlotte White Center$25,000To provide meals and maintain decent, safe, affordable supported housing for low-income adults who have serious prolonged disabilities for one year.Dover-Foxcroft, ME
2012Pine Tree Hospice$10,000To provide operating support for end of life care for low-income individuals and families.Dover-Foxcroft, ME