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Maine State Profile

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Population

  • With 1,321,505 residents in 2005, Maine is the 40th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Maine grew 3.7 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Maine is the becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining slightly while the percentages of minority populations are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 96.7% 96.6% 96.4% 96.3% 96.2% 96.0%
Hispanic, Latino 0.7% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 1.0%
African-American 0.5% 0.6% 0.6% 0.6% 0.7% 0.7%
Native American, AK Native 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Asian, Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%
Two or More Races 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9% 0.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Maine - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The three largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Maine are Portland, Bangor, and Lewiston-Auburn.
  • Portland had an estimated population of 514,227 in 2005 – the 96th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Bangor in 2005 was 147,068 – the 256th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Lewiston-Auburn was the 324th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with 108,039 residents.

Maine - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Maine ranked 33rd among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($30,046 per resident).
  • While it has risen slightly, Maine’s personal income per capita has remained below the U.S. average since 1960 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Maine as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Maine per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Maine has the 25th highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (12.6%) and the 26th highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (17.5%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Maine - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Maine ranked 7th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (92.5%).
  • Maine ranked 28th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (27.0%) and 30th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (8.6%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Maine has larger percentages of adults who have completed high school but no college and an associates degree, and smaller percentages in all other educational attainment categories (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Maine and the U.S. Average
Maine education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Maine - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Maine had the 23rd lowest unemployment rate of all states – 4.8 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Maine has larger percentages of its workforce employed in the service, farming, fishing and forestry, and construction and extraction occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • By industry, Maine has larger percentages of its employment relative to the U.S. average in education and healthcare, retail trade, construction, and agriculture industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Maine ranked 25th among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Maine - Health and Well-Being

  • Ten percent of Maine residents do not have health insurance – the 4th lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 23.3 percent of Maine residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – slightly higher than the national average of 23.1 percent (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Maine, 219 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Maine residents (282 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – but lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Maine ranked 8th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Maine - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Maine had the 2nd lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (104 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 2,410 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Maine (the 6th lowest among states) – well below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Maine had the lowest incarceration rate per capita of any state in 2004 – with 154 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Maine has remained well below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Maine and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Maine and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Maine Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Maine ranges from $23,921 in Somerset County to $37,847 in Cumberland County. In addition, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 12.8 percent in Somerset County to 37.3 percent in Cumberland County (a ratio of nearly 3 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

Maine Counties

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