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Counties in Maine

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Counties in the United States

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There are 16 counties in Maine.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Maine consists of:

504 General Purpose units, including:

  • 16 Counties
  • 22 Cities
  • 432 Towns
  • 34 Plantations

337 Special Purpose units, including:

  • 238 Special Districts
  • 99 Independent School Districts[2][3]

Further classifications:

Counties may be:

  • Home rule charter: of which there are 3 (Cumberland, Arrostook, and Knox County).
  • General Law: of which there are 13.

Cities and towns: Cities and towns have home rule authority through the second part of Article VIII of the Maine Constitution.

  • All 22 Cities have a charter.
  • Towns may adopt a charter to fully exercise home rule powers. 53 have done so.[4]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Maine
  • Towns and plantations that use the town-meeting form of government have a mandated initiative-like process to place articles in the warrant, have proposals considered at the town meeting, and place articles on the next ballot.
  • Charter cities have authority to adopt an initiative process for ordinances.
  • City and town charters may be amended through a mandated initiative process.[5]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Maine county websites


County County seat
Androscoggin County, Maine Auburn, Maine
Aroostook County, Maine Houlton, Maine
Cumberland County, Maine Portland, Maine
Franklin County, Maine Farmington, Maine
Hancock County, Maine Ellsworth, Maine
Kennebec County, Maine Augusta, Maine
Knox County, Maine Rockland, Maine
Lincoln County, Maine Wiscasset, Maine
Oxford County, Maine Paris, Maine
Penobscot County, Maine Bangor, Maine
Piscataquis County, Maine Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Sagadahoc County, Maine Bath, Maine
Somerset County, Maine Skowhegan, Maine
Waldo County, Maine Belfast, Maine
Washington County, Maine Machias, Maine
York County, Maine Alfred, Maine


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