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Hancock County, Maine

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This project is part of the State of Maine Portal.

Hancock County, Maine is a county in southeastern Maine, along the North Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,418. Its county seat is Ellsworth. The county was incorporated on June 25, 1789 and named for John Hancock, the first governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Hancock County has the longest coastline of any Maine county. Commercial fishing and tourism are the county's most important industries. Hancock County is home to Acadia National Park, the only national park in Maine or the New England region, excluding the national sea shore on Cape Cod. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point in Maine's coastal region. The county is home to Bar Harbor, a popular town for tourists.

Of employed persons 16 years and over in 1990, 1,108 indicated involvement in the "agriculture, forestry and fisheries" industry and 1,206 indicated "farming, forestry and fishing occupations."

Ethnic Groups

The racial makeup of the county in 2000 was 96.9% white, 0.8% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 24.0% were English, 19.8% were American, 15.2% were Irish, 9.0% were German, and 7.2% were Scottish.

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Please use this project to add, research, document, and discuss your ancestors from Hancock County. You can add profiles for:

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