Births by County in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Maine is one of four states where deaths outnumber births. Though in-migration has offset this loss in population, the declining number of births have implications for Maine cities and towns and schools and economy.

What the data shows
Maine continues to have a downward trend in the number of births since 1990.

Between 2019 and 2020, the number of births statewide decreased by 233, with eleven counties experiencing a decrease and five counties an increase. Counties with an increase were Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Piscataquis and Somerset. By contrast, Androscoggin and York had 69 and 64 fewer births respectively.

Comparing 2016-2020, state wide there were 1,161 fewer births, a 9.1% decrease. Only Somerset and Waldo had more births in 2020 than in 2016. Knox and Piscataquis had over 20% reductions in the number of births.
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Definitions: This data shows the number of live births per calendar year by mother's resident county, 

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

Footnotes: The latest year, 2019, is preliminary data.

Uploaded August 2021