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 2019, the rural counties of Washington, Aroostook and Piscataquis had median household incomes more than $15,000 less than state median income of $58,824  and $30,000 less than Cumberland County. . 

Between 2015 -2019, the median household income increased 14.4% statewide. Every county saw gains of between 9% and 21%   The counties with the largest increases in median household income between 2015 and 2019 were: Hancock (21.2%), Androscoggin (20.5%) and Piscataquis (19.3%). The counties with the smallest gains were York, (8.9%), Aroostook, (9.6%) and Kennebec, (9.8%)

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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) 
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Footnotes: Years 2005-2019 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 December 2020