U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Maine's 2010 Census Population Totals for Legislative Redistricting

March 24, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File, detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics specific to Maine. These data provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census and will be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171.

Data for Maine show that the five most populous cities or towns and their 2010 Census counts are Portland, 66,194; Lewiston, 36,592; Bangor, 33,039; South Portland, 25,002; and Auburn, 23,055. Portland grew by 3.0 percent since the 2000 Census. Lewiston grew by 2.5 percent, Bangor grew by 5.0 percent, South Portland grew by 7.2 percent, and Auburn decreased by 0.6 percent.

The largest county is Cumberland, with a population of 281,674. Its population grew by 6.0 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include York, with a population of 197,131 (increase of 5.6 percent); Penobscot, 153,923 (increase of 6.2 percent); Kennebec, 122,151 (increase of 4.3 percent); and Androscoggin, 107,702 (increase of 3.8 percent).

The redistricting file consists of detailed tables showing the population by race, including six single race groups and 57 multiple race groups, the population 18 years and over, and counts of housing units and their occupancy status. Highlights of this information are available in: Census 2010 Redistricting Custom Tables.

Quick tables are available on our Census Information page. Data for individual municipalities is available in the Economics and Demographics data tool: http://econ.maine.gov. Additional data and statistical resources will be posted in coming months.

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File, detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics specific to Maine. These data provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census and will be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171.