Population ages 18-64 by age group 1997-2007 & 2012-2016 in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Having an overall count by age group and county helps understand issues of access and service use by county. Seeing trends over time of populations in age groups shows counties that are gaining or losing population.

What the data shows

For Maine as a whole, both the young adult population, ages 18-24 and the adult population ages 25-64 have declined from 2012 to 2016. Statewide, ages 18 -24 were down by 5,400 or 4.7%, while adults ages 25-64 were down by 12,400 or 1.7%.

At the county level for the most recent year, Penobscot had 3,089 fewer youth in 2016 compared to 2012, or 57% of the total state's decrease for this age group. Androscoggin lost the second most with 710 fewer young adults in 2016 compared to 2012. Cumberland and Lincoln gained in number of young adults between 2012 and 2016.

For the population ages 25-64, between 2012 and 2016, Aroostook had the highest decline in the number of people, with 2,370 less people of 6.4% less. Washington County population for this age group declined by 1,160 of 6.8%. The only county that gained in population for ages 25-64 between 2012 and 2016 was Cumberland County which added 1,415 people or 1.0%.
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Definitions: The number of individuals ages 18-24 and ages 25-64.

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

Footnotes: Updated May 2018.