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June 21, 2019

Maine's aging population is outpacing other states

Maine, whose residents on average are already the oldest in the country, is getting even older. And the state is outpacing others in its aging.

While the median age of U.S. residents increased from 37.2 to 38.2 between 2010 and 2018, the Maine median age went from 42.7 to 44.9, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of an estimated 1,338,404 Maine residents in 2018, 701,572 were at least 45 and 309,418 were 65 or older, according to the census. 

Maine's aging demographics have received much attention from business and the media in recent years, as deaths have outnumbered births and the number of new residents has grown only moderately.

Overall, Maine’s population increased less than 1% in the 8-year span. But the number of residents under 18 plummeted nearly 10%. The population from age 18 to 24 decreased about 8% from 2010 to 2018.

Still, there’s some good news for businesses searching for workers, according to the census. Over the past year, the state gained about 3,000 residents between ages 25 and 44.

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