Population Ages 65 & over 1997 to 2007 & 2012 to 2019 in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Maine continues to be the state with the oldest median age in the country at 45.1 years. Looking at 2019 state estimates, Maine also had the largest proportion of people over age 65 at 21.2%. US Census America's Aging Population

In 2019, Maine had over 285,000 people over age 65 compared to  248,624 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 1,163 between 2015 and 2019, the opposite pattern has held true for older adults.  In Maine the number of people over age 65 has grown  14% between 2015 and 2019 and 55% from 2000 to 2019. There are by 34,710 more people in this age group in 2019 compared to 2015 and 101,863 more than there were in 2000. 

At the county level, Kennebec, York, Waldo, F Counties had increases in the population over age 65 above 15% in the 4 years between 2015- 2019, but every county saw an increase of at least 7% in people over age 65 in this time period, even those counties that are losing population overall. 

Comparing the number of children to the number of seniors in 2019, only Androscoggin has more children than older adults, Each of the counties of Aroostook, Hancock, and York have at least 4,500 more adults over age 65 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 March 2021.