Ratio of French speakers to population of French ethnic origin, MAINE
French Language Vitality
In the absence of linguistic assimilation, all who are of French ethnic origin ought to speak French. Obviously, in Maine, French language maintenance has been strongest in rural northern and central Aroostook county. The influence of urbanization, albeit small towns such as Caribou and Presque Isle, is evident.The northern reaches of Somerset and Franklin counties are likewise bastions for the conservation of the French language. Clearly, the presence of a neighboring French speaking state, Québec, exerts influence.