The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746.
With their wealth, the lumber barons built elaborate Greek Revival and Victorian mansions and the 31-foot high statue of Paul Bunyan.
Bangor has a port of entry at Bangor International Airport, also home to the Bangor Air National Guard Base. Bangor has a humid continental climate, with cold, snowy winters, and warm summers.
The site was visited by Portuguese explorer Estêvão Gomes in 1524 and by Samuel de Champlain in 1605.
The Jesuits established a mission on Penobscot Bay in 1609, which was then part of the French colony of Acadia, and the valley remained contested between France and Britain into the 1750s, making it one of the last regions to become part of New England.