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Maine Counties

Franklin

Franklin County, incorporated in 1838, is in Western Maine, bordering Canada and serving as an economic gateway for U.S. and Canadian business.

Franklin County, MaineHistorically, the area was known for its dairy farms, lumbering, canning, woolen mills, and shoe manufacturing industries. It is still home to the Androscoggin Paper Mill, as well as newer companies such as Carrabasset Coffee and ICT Group. Beautiful lakes and mountains bring visitors to the region for summer recreation and winter skiing.

The county was named for Benjamin Franklin and in 2002, the per capita personal income in Franklin County was $23,180. This was an increase of 24.7% from 1997. The 2002 figure was 75% of the national per capita income, which was $30,906.

Historic sites and museums in the area include the Red Schoolhouse Museum and Union Meeting House. The University of Maine has a campus in Farmington.

SIZE:
1,789 square miles

INCORPORATED:
1838

COUNTY SEAT:
Farmington

POPULATION:
29,467

TOWNS:
Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Chesterville, Eustis, Farmington, Industry, Jay, Kingfield, Madrid, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Phillips, Rangeley, Strong, Temple, Weld and Wilton

PLANTATIONS:
Coplin, Dallas, Rangeley and Sandy River

 

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