Children ages 5 years and younger in Maine

Change Indicator

Why This Indicator Matters

The number of children in Maine has been declining, and this is particularly true in some of the most rural counties.  The number of children has an impact on schools, the labor force and the communities in Maine.  For example, some school systems are consolidating and some employers are reporting increased difficulty in attracting workers.

What the data shows
Overall, between 2012 and 2019 the number of children ages 0 -5 declined from 81,258 to 76,863 or by 4,395 children or 5.4%. In 7 years, 3 counties have had declines over 10% in the number of children ages 0 - 5. These counties are Knox, Oxford and Waldo Counties. Two counties saw declines of less than 1% for the population ages 0 -5: Cumberland and Hancock. Lincoln County actually had an increase of children ages 0 -5, with 39 children in 2019 as compared to 2012, or up 2.1%

As of 2019, Cumberland has 22% of the children ages 5 & younger in Maine and York County has 15.1%.





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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: The number of children ages 5 years and younger living in Maine.

Data Source: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics provides a table with the number of children age 0, age 1, age 2, etc.
For this indicator, the numbers for each age from ages 0 to age 5 are added together, so this data includes children who are up to 5 years and 364 days.

Footnotes: Updated June 2021.