Population Ages 65 & over 1997 to 2007 & 2012 to 2017 in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

In 2017, Maine had the oldest median age in the nation at 44.6 years, unchanged from 2016.  In the year 2000, the median age in Maine was 38.6, so along with being the oldest state, it also had the largest change in median age in the last 16 years.  In 2017, Maine and West Virginia were the only states where there were more deaths than births.
FMI: Census Median Age Report 2017
The high number of people over age 65 has implications for Maine's children and young adults. There may be issues in finding younger adults to fill Maine's jobs. The state tax structure will have to take into account a relatively low number of working adults in the workforce at a time when the state's social service will be needed for the growing senior population.

What the data shows
While the number of children has declined by 13,284 between 2012 and 2017, the opposite pattern has held true for seniors.  In Maine the number of seniors over age 65 has grown by 13.8% between 2012 and 2017 and 40.8% from 2000 to 2016. There are 31,000 more people in this age group in 2016 compared to 2012 and 74,000 more than there were in 2000. At the county level, the greatest changes in people over age 65 have been in Waldo and Sagadahoc Counties with increases of 19.7% and 18.1% respectively, but every county saw an increase of at least 7% in seniors, even those counties that are losing population overall.

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Definitions: The number of individuals ages 65 and older.

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

Footnotes: Updated March 2019.