Median household income in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Median household income is frequently used to compare economic status and living standards between different cities, states, or countries. On an individual household level, household income is used to determine if a household can afford to make payments on a mortgage on a home.

What the data shows
In 2018, the rural counties of Aroostook and Piscataquis had median household incomes more than $15,000 less than state median income of $55,579.  Additionally, Cumberland Counties median household income of $71,586 was more than $30,000 more than the counties of Aroostook, Piscataquis and Washington Counties. 

Between 2014 -2018, the median household income increased 13% statewide, but the counties of Washington, Waldo,  and   Androscoggin Counties have had their median incomes increase only 3.8%, 6.2% and 6.9% respectively.  So not only do certain counties have low median household incomes, the differences in median income between these counties and other counties is getting larger.  In 2018, the counties with the largest increases in median household income between 2014 and 2018 were: Franklin (20.8%), York (18.9%) and Sagadahoc(18.6%) Counties.

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Definitions: The estimated median household income, which is the dollar amount that divides the income distribution into two equal groups - half with income above the median and half with income below the median. Beginning in 2005, these estimates are modeled from combined census estimates, American Community Surveys, and other administrative and economic data. Estimates for 2004 and previous years are modeled from combined census estimates, Current Population Surveys, and other administrative and economic data.

Data Source: All estimates are from the Census SAIPE (Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates) 

Footnotes: Years 2005-2018 SAIPE estimates are not directly comparable to 2004 and previous years because the data used to model the estimates has changed.

Household income considers the incomes of all persons 15 years or older occupying the same housing unit, regardless if they are related. A single person occupying a dwelling by himself is also considered a household.

Updated February 2020