Children by age group 2000-2007 & 2012-2017 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 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 from 2013 to 2017.

At a county level,  every county has fewer children in 2017 compared to 2007. In addition, most counties have lower populations of children from 2012 to 2017. The exception is Cumberland. There the age group 0 -4 has increased 2013 -2016 though the numbers decreased in 2017. Like the other counties, even in Cumberland the population of the age group 5 -17 has seen declines each year.  Sagadahoc County was also an exception with an overall increase in  children ages 0 -4 from 2012 to 2016, though the long term total number of children in that county is declining as it is in all counties comparing 2007 to 2017
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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 March 2019