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Encyclopedia > Presque Isle, Maine

Presque Isle is a city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,511 at the 2000 census. The city is home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College and the Northern Maine Regional Airport. Aroostook County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. ... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... The University of Maine at Presque Isle is part of the University of Maine System. ... Northern Maine Regional Airport, is located in Presque Isle, Maine. ...


The name Presque Isle comes from the French term for a peninsula (presqu'île literally means "almost an island"), as the courses of the Aroostook River and Presque Isle Stream in the area form a peninsula. A peninsula in Croatia A peninsula is a piece of land that is bordered on three or more sides by water. ... The Aroostook River is a tributary of the St. ...

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History

Presque Isle, originally known as Fairbanks for its founder Dennis Fairbanks, was settled in 1828; and incorporated as a town in 1859 and a city in 1940. The town of Maysville was annexed by Presque Isle in 1883. The opening of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad to Presque Isle in 1885 opened up the area for development. This article or section needs to be wikified. ... The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad or BAR is a defunct United States railroad company, that formerly operated lines in northern Maine. ...


The Presque Isle Air Force Base, in operation between 1941 and 1961, was a major departure point for U.S. fighter planes during World War II and the Korean War. The former base is now the site of the Northern Maine Regional Airport


On August 11th, 1978, the Double Eagle II was launched from Presque Isle, Maine carrying three passengers. It was the first successfully completed transatlantic balloon crossing. In honor of the Double Eagle II, the city of Presque Isle holds an annual celebration called The Crown of Maine Balloon Festival. The popular festival includes activities such as balloon rides, plane tours, amateur photo contests and children’s fair rides. The celebration is held in late August and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. The Presque Isle field from which the Double Eagle II lifted off now hosts a memorial model balloon. Double Eagle II, piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it landed 17 August 1978 in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours-6 minutes after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. ...


Geography

Location of city of Presque Isle in state of Maine

Presque Isle is located at 46°40′46″N, 68°0′8″W (46.679321, -68.002166)GR1. Image File history File links Map_of_Maine_highlighting_Presque_Isle. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Maine_highlighting_Presque_Isle. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 200.9 km² (77.6 mi²). 196.2 km² (75.8 mi²) of it is land and 4.7 km² (1.8 mi²) of it (2.32%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 9,511 people, 3,963 households, and 2,464 families residing in the city. The population density was 48.5/km² (125.6/mi²). There were 4,405 housing units at an average density of 22.5/km² (58.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.13% White, 0.36% African American, 2.26% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 3,963 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.82. “Spouse” redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $29,325, and the median income for a family was $37,090. Males had a median income of $27,510 versus $19,785 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,712. About 9.2% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Media

Presque Isle is home to one of the smallest TV market as defined by Nielsen market research. It consists of WAGM-TV a CBS affiliate and WMEM affiliated with PBS Nielsen, a surname originally meaning son of Niels (cf. ... WAGM-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for Northern Maine. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... MPBN Logo The Maine Public Broadcasting Network (abbreviated MPBN) is a television and radio broadcasting network located in the state of Maine in the United States. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ...


Notable Natives

Ronald Irvin Tingley (born May 27, 1959, in Presque Isle, Maine) was a Major League Baseball catcher. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... John Crowley (born December 1, 1942 in Presque Isle, Maine) is an American author of fantasy, science fiction and mainstream fiction. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Ellis Paul (born January 14, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician. ... John Cariani is an American actor and playwright best known for his performance as Motel in the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination. ...

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Presque Isle, Maine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (681 words)
Presque Isle is a city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States.
In January of 2006, Presque Isle was host to the International Biathlon, in which dozens of countries were represented by their teams.
Presque Isle has one television station, WAGM, which is noted for being in one of the smallest television markets in the United States.
History of Monticello, Moss Plantation & Presque Isle, Maine (727 words)
Presque Isle lies in the second range of townships in Aroostook County, a few miles south of Aroostook River.
The Presque isle Stream enters on the west side of the town and leaves it on the north.
Presque Isle Village, the principal centre of business, is situated on the stream near the northern line.
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