The distribution of age, race, and gender in a population is a basic consideration in defining health and service priorities, as many health behaviors and outcomes differ by these factors. In this section you will find access to measures of population distribution and density across the state, and characteristics such as race. Please see selected Demographic indicators from the Maine CDC Selected 2010 Public Health Indicators:
One key demographic trend to consider in Maine is the aging population. Maine had the highest median age of any state in 2008, and when measured by percent of population age 65 and older, Maine ranked as the 4th oldest state in the country. Maine is projected to reach 2nd oldest before 2020. Please see: (link to Older Adult Chartbook: Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine 2010)
Other key demographic measures include household structure and size. Please see the State Planning Office report on changes in Maine’s households.