Children ages 5 years and younger

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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 2016, the number of children ages 0 -5 declined from 81,258 to 78,093 or by 3,165 children or 3.9%. In just 4 years, 4 counties have had declines of 9.1 - 9.3% in the number of children ages 0 - 5. These counties are: Franklin, Oxford, Sagadahoc and Somerset. Two counties have gained in the population ages 0 -5: Cumberland and Hancock. Cumberland gained 2.1% and now has 22.5% percent of the state's children ages 0 - 5 while Hancock gained 1.0%.Four years ago, Cumberland County had 21.2% of the state's children ages 0 - 5.

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