Majority of Maine’s Towns Lose Population


A few months back, I blogged about the alarming fact that 10 of Maine’s 16 counties have lost population.  I recently became aware of this new data from the U.S. Census Bureau which shows population change by town.  Unfortunately, the data reveals a dismal picture for Maine’s towns.

Between July 1, 2007 and July 1, 2008, more than half (58 percent) of Maine’s towns saw their population decline (click “continue reading” to view table)–310 out of 533 towns.  Additionally, these towns represented more than half of all of Maine’s population (55 percent).  As such, this is not simply a reshuffling of Maine’s population, but rather one of absolute population decline due to fewer births and out-migration (for more on out-migration, see here).