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Maine's Population Demographics

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.

View the full 2010 Public Health Indicators documentation and additional details of the charts above. (Data source document)
Differences between Districts may not be, and in many cases are not, statistically valid. Please refer to the Confidence Intervals to determine statistical differences between Districts. Statistical differences between District and State values may be determined by referencing the highlighted cells in the source document from MaineCDC. A confidence interval is a range of values based on a sample that will include the “true value” of a measure or indicator of interest with a specified level of certainty.