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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    D
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Penobscot County is located in Maine with a population of 152,284. Living in Penobscot County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Penobscot County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Penobscot County are above average.
Population
152,284

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$137,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$777
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    48.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    22
    40.7
  • Robbery
    22
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    324
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,837.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    63.7
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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Penobscot County Reviews

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This town is in the middle of nowhere with very little opportunity. With the recent closure of the local paper mill, things are trending in the wrong direction. This town does have a lot of charm and may be an intriguing place to buy a camp, summer home, or possibly even retire in, but other than that I would not recommend moving to Lincoln, Maine.
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If you aren't looking for trouble, you probably won't find it. Drugs are becoming a bit of a problem, but the police do a decent job at keeping the streets clean.
They help keep residents safe, but some police officers try too hard to fit in with the teenagers.