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Washington County, Maine

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This project is part of the State of Maine Portal.=

Washington County, Maine, located along the North Atlantic Ocean, is the easternmost county in both Maine and the continental United States as a whole. As of the 2010 census, its population was 32,856, making it the third-least populous county in Maine. Its county seat is Machias. The county was established on June 25, 1789. It borders the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

It is sometimes referred to as "Sunrise County" because it includes the easternmost point in the United States, and claims have been made that Washington County is where the sun first rises on the 48 contiguous states. Many small seaside communities have small-scale fishing-based economies. Tourism is also important along the county's shoreline, but it is not as important as elsewhere in the state. The blueberry crop plays a major role in the county's economy.

Washington County is home to the Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, and the Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.

Ethnic Groups

The racial makeup of the county in 2010 was 92.1% white, 4.9% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 30.4% were English, 17.0% were Irish, 7.0% were German, 6.1% were Scottish, and 5.6% were American.

In 2000, 95.0% spoke English, 1.9% Passamaquoddy, 1.0% Spanish and 1.0% French as their first language.

Washington County includes both the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation (population 749 in 2010) and the Passamaquoddy Indian Township Reservation (718).

About the Project

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

  • People born in Washington County
  • People who lived in Washington County
  • People who died in Washington County

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