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ORONO (OR-uh-noh)

A university town in east central Maine
Common clues: University of Maine campus; Town near Bangor; Maine college town; Home of the Black Bears; Maine town named for a Penobscot chief; Home of the Maine Lobster Institute
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Orono is a town located in Penobscot County, Maine. It was first settled in 1774 and named in honor of Chief Joseph Orono of the Penobscot Nation.

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As of the census of 2000, the town had a total population of 9,112, 2,691 households, and 1,291 families residing in the town. The population density is 193.2/km² (500.3/mi²). There are 2,899 housing units at an average density of 61.5/km² (159.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 93.54% (8523)White, 1.38% (126) Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 1.21% (110) of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The University of Maine, established in 1865, is the flagship university of the University of Maine System. It is located in Orono, Maine just outside of Bangor, one of Maine's largest cities. Known as "UMaine" for short, the school has an enrollment of over 11,000 students. Athletic teams are nicknamed the Black Bears, and sport blue and white uniforms.

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