2012 Report on Poverty

January 11, 2012

For some Mainers, meeting the needs of daily life is a struggle. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one in ten Maine residents live below the poverty line. Nearly one third of Mainers have a household income that classifies them as poor or near-poor. These households feel the pinch of rising costs for shelter, fuel, food, and medical care.

Poverty is not just a problem for the people who experience it; it is a problem for everyone. Those in poverty are often isolated from community life, are unable to participate fully in the economy, and cannot support local businesses. Hungry children are not able to focus on learning in school and face the likelihood of continuing the cycle of poverty to the next generation.

In this 2012 Report on Poverty, the trends we see show the effects of the December 2007 – June 2009 recession. Most of the data included in this report are the most recently available annual data. Since the data come from a variety of sources, updates are made at different points in time.

Please download the PDF for the full report.

Each year since 1998, the Maine State Planning Office has reported on the subject of poverty in Maine. The 2012 report (PDF) contains indicators updated through November 2011. Released January 2012.

Supporting documents

2012 Report on Poverty (PDF)