Population Ages 65 & over 1997 to 2007 & 2012 to 2018 in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

In 2018. Maine had the largest increase in median age this decade in the country, going from 42.7 years in 2010 to 44.9 years in 2018, making it again the state with the highest median age in the country.   In the year 2000, the median age in Maine was 38.6.  
FMI: Census 2018 Population Estimates by State

In 2018, Maine had approximately 276,000 seniors over age 65 and 250,000 children ages 17 & under. 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 8,872 between 2014 and 2018, the opposite pattern has held true for seniors.  In Maine the number of seniors over age 65 has grown  13.2% between 2014 and 2018 and 50% from 2000 to 2018. There are by 32,493 more people in this age group in 2018 compared to 2014 and 92,597 more than there were in 2000. 

At the county level, York, Waldo, Franklin and Sagadahoc Counties had increases in the population over age 65 above 15% in the 4 years between 2014- 2018, but every county saw an increase of at least 9% in seniors in this time period, even those counties that are losing population overall. 

Comparing the number of children to the number of seniors in 2018, only Androscoggin and Cumberland Counites have more children than seniors, Each of the counties of Aroostook, Hancock, Lincoln and York have at least 3,500 more seniors than children.

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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 February 2020.