US Census Bureau Releases 2010 Census Demographic Profile for Maine

May 5, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau today released the 2010 Demographic Profile for Maine. Data include age and sex distributions, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationship and type, and housing vacancy/occupancy and housing tenure (whether the housing occupant owns or rents. State, county, and municipality data were all part of this release. For the full release, please visit http://2010.census.gov/news/press-kits/demographic-profiles.html . Below is a summary of the highlights.

• Maine’s median age increased from 38.6 in 2000 to 42.7 in 2010.

• Lincoln and Piscataquis counties were the oldest in the state with a median age of 48.1 years. Androscoggin at 39.8 years and Penobscot at 39.9 years were the youngest.

• Both of the under 20 and 20-39 age cohorts experienced a decline in population from 2000 – 2010, while the 40-64 age cohort and the population 65 and older increased.

• Maine’s Black or African-American population more than doubled in size from 6,760 in 2000 to 15,707 in 2010. The number of people of Hispanic/Latino origin grew 81%, from 9,360 in 2000 to 16,935 in 2010.

• Lincoln County had the smallest racial minority population in percentage terms with 97.6% of its population identifying as white alone.

• Washington County had the largest racial minority population in percentage terms with 92.1% of its population identifying as white alone while 4.9% identify as American Indian/Alaska Native.

• In 2010, the average household size in Maine was 2.32, a decrease from 2.39 in 2000. The average family size in Maine was 2.83 in 2010, a decrease from 2.90 in 2000.

• In 2010, 2.4% of the homeowner inventory in Maine was vacant “for sale.” In 2000, the homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%.

• Piscataquis and Washington counties had the highest homeowner vacancy rates of 4.3%, while Cumberland County had the lowest rate of 1.7%.

• In 2010, 8.9% of the rental inventory in Maine was vacant “for rent.” In 2000, the rental vacancy rate was 7.0%.

• Oxford County had the highest rental vacancy rate of 12.9%, while Cumberland County had the lowest rate of 6.6%.

• In 2010, 71.9% of vacant housing units were vacant for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use (down from 75.9% in 2000) and 16.4% of all housing units were vacant for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use (up from 15.6% in 2000).

• Piscataquis County had the highest rate of vacancies for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use with 85.1% of vacant units and 41.7% of all housing units. Androscoggin County had the lowest rate of vacancies for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use with 30.1% of vacant units and 2.9% of all housing units.

• Statewide, 71.3% of all occupied housing units are owner-occupied and 28.7% of all occupied housing units are renter-occupied.

The U.S. Census Bureau today released the 2010 Demographic Profile for Maine. Data include age and sex distributions, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationship and type, housing vacancy/occupancy, and housing tenure (whether the housing occupant owns or rents). State, county, and municipality data were all part of this release.