Children ages 5 years and younger in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

The number of 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.  For example, some school systems are consolidating and some employers are reporting increased difficulty in attracting workers.

What the data shows
Overall, between 2012 and 2017 the number of children ages 0 -5 declined from 81,258 to 77,744 or by 3,514 children or 4.3%. In 5 years, 3 counties have had declines of  10%- 11% in the number of children ages 0 - 5. These counties are Franklin, Piscataquis and Somerset. Two counties saw declines of less than 1% for the population ages 0 -5: Cumberland and Hancock. As of 2017, Cumberland has 22% of the children ages 5 & younger in Maine.





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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 includes children who are up to 5 years and 364 days.

Footnotes: Updated March 2019.