Children ages 5 years and younger in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

The number of young children in Maine has been declining, and this is particularly true in some of the most rural counties.  The number of children has an impact on schools, the labor force and the communities in Maine. 

What the data shows
Overall, between 2012 and 2020 the number of children ages 0 -5 declined from 78,093 to 76,761 or by 4,497 children or 5.5%. In these 8 years, 5 counties have had declines over 10% in the number of children ages 0 - 5. These counties are Knox, Franklin, Oxford, Penobscot and Somerset.  Two counties,  Piscataquis and Lincoln saw small increases to the population ages 0 -5:

As of 2020, Cumberland has 22.2% of the children ages 5 & younger in Maine and York County has 15.1%. Penobscot and Androscoggin have 10.9% and 9,9% of the children 5 & under population respectively 





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Definitions: The number of children ages 5 years and younger living in Maine.

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

Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics provides a table with the number of children age 0, age 1, age 2, etc.
For this indicator, the numbers for each age from ages 0 to age 5 are added together, so this data is the estimate of children who are up to 5 years and 364 days.

Footnotes: Updated January 2022