Children by age group 2000-2007 & 2012-2019 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, there are fewer children each year. since 2012  Looking at just the last 5 years, 2015 to 2019, there are 8,041 fewer children or a decline of 3.1%, to 248,624 children in 2019 in Maine.

For children ages 5-17, there are 6,878 fewer children, or a decline of 3.5% from 2015 to 2019.For children under age 5,  the numbers have declined statewide by 1,163 or 4% from 2015 to 2019. 

For children under age 5, five counties actually grew in population, including Sagadahoc which gained 364 children for a 26.7% growth and Lincoln which gained 195 young children or 14.4% growth. The county with the largest loss of young children was Androscoggin--with a 4.4% loss in children ages 0 -5 or 290 children in that county.
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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 2021