Caribou is located in the geographical center of Aroostook County. Aroostook County is readily accessible by two major highways; Interstate 95 from the South and the Trans-Canada Highway 2 from the North and East. Caribou is located on the northern bend of the Aroostook River before it heads southeast to join the St. John River in New Brunswick just east of Fort Fairfield, Maine. In the sparsely populated Aroostook County, Caribou is at the hub of spokes serving the area via U.S. 1 and Maine Routes 89, 161, 164, 205 and 228. Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle, Maine serves as the primary hub for air service. Daily flights are scheduled to and from Northern Maine with daily connections to Boston’s Logan International Airport. Seaports are also close by in coastal Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec. The closest deep water port is Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, away from Caribou. Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA) is a regional railway operating in the states of Maine, Vermont and in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, providing a direct rail link between Northern Maine, Saint John, NB and Montreal, QC.
The normal seasonal snowfall for Caribou is approximately . The record snowfall for Caribou is set in the Winter of 2007/2008. From the beginning of the 2007-2008 snowfall season through midnight April 18, 2008, the National Weather Service in Caribou, ME has recorded of snowfall.
Spring in Aroostook County begins with maple tree tapping and the picking of fiddleheads along the many rivers in late May. Fiddleheads, the very young, coiled leaves of the ostrich fern, are a county delicacy. Spring is known as the ‘mud season’, which suits many local ATV owners. Designated areas of the snowmobile trail system may be used for all terrain vehicles.
Warm days and cool nights characterize summers. The area is generally favored with abundant rainfall, which is one of the most important factors in the high yield of the potato and grain crops throughout the county. The growing season in Caribou averages more than 120 days.
Autumn climate is nearly ideal, with mostly sunny warm days and cool nights predominating. The end of September begins the Potato harvest; this is truly a community event. Many Aroostook County schools still close during the harvest so that local farmers who lack modern equipment may hire the children at low wages.
Snowfall can occur during any month, but usually the first snowfall occurs in November.
Link to NWS (National Weather Service) – http://www.erh.noaa.gov/car
|Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures|
|Rec High °F||53||59||73||86||96||96||95||95||91||79||68||58|
|Norm High °F||19.3||23.2||34.1||47||62.6||71.8||76.3||74.2||64.1||51.4||37.4||24.8|
|Norm Low °F||-0.3||2.9||15.2||29.2||40.7||49.9||54.8||52.6||43.6||34.1||23.7||8|
|Rec Low °F||-33||-41||-28||-2||18||30||36||34||23||14||-8||-31|
Historic Sites and museums:
Nylander Museum Nylander Museum
There were 3,517 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,485, and the median income for a family was $38,378. Males had a median income of $29,202 versus $20,737 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,061. About 8.4% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.
Other important agricultural crops grown in the area include peas, hay, oats, and alternative crops on a smaller scale. The high volume of activity results in the growth of related agri-business. Farm implement sales and services and the development of several area processing plants are examples of the influence agriculture has on the local economy.
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