Children by age group

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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 can pinpoint counties that are gaining or losing population.

What the data shows
For Maine as a whole, since 2012 the age group 5 - 17 continues to decline each year. However, for children ages 0 -4, after a dip from 2012 to 2013, the numbers have remained fairly stable.
At a county level,  most counties have lower populations of children ages 0 -17 total every year from 2012 to 2016. The exception is Cumberland. There the age group 0 -4 has gone up for each of the last 3 years, though the age group 5 -17 has seen declines each year.  Sagadahoc County was also an exception with an overall increase in  children from 2015 to 2016, due to a big increase in the age group 0-4 in 2016.
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Definitions: The number of children under 18 by age group: Under 5 years old; Ages 5 through 17; and Total under age 18.
Under 5 years old means up until age 4 and 364 days and total under 18 means up until age 17 and 364 days.

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

Footnotes: Updated April 2018.