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“Demographic Winter” the Movie

“Demographic Winter” the Movie

As I pointed out in my last blog citing the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Maine's net natural population increase (births minus deaths) was a mere 180 people. A simple projection of the past 20 years worth of data suggests that next year could be the first year of net negative natural pop ...
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Vacant Homes in Maine

Vacant Homes in Maine

Recently I came across this shocking statistic . . . Maine has the highest number of vacant homes in the country at 22.8 percent (from the U.S. Census Bureau via USA Today).  That's nearly one out of every four homes!More specifically, vacant homes in this case is a reflection of all the snow-birds ...
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Per Capita versus Per Household Personal Income

Per Capita versus Per Household Personal Income

For state-to-state comparisons, per capita personal income is thestandard-bearer.  Its simple to calculate and simple to understand;however, as I recently discovered it's also simply misleading.Why?  States where the average household is larger are penalizedunder a per capita ranking  because chi ...
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The Arrival of Demographic Winter in Maine Gets Closer

The Arrival of Demographic Winter in Maine Gets Closer

Last week the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau released new age, sex and race data for July 1, 2009 by state.  The data shows that the arrival of Demographic Winter in Maine is getting closer.The table below highlights the change in Maine's population by age cohort.  In previous blogs, ...
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Maine’s Lost Decade

Maine’s Lost Decade

In previous blogs, I have shown how private sector employment over the last decade has plummeted while state and local government employment has only slightly declined.  Some dismiss this as playing with the data.So, let's look at all the data we have at our disposal from our friends at the Maine D ...
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2009 County Population Estimates

2009 County Population Estimates

In February I showed a presentation at our monthly Bangor and Portland lunches that showed Maine lost population for the first time since the 1960s.  Recently the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau released more detailed county level population estimates.  The data further support ...
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