Press Herald - Nationally, the teen birth rate has been plummeting for decades, but in Maine teen births have dropped more precipitously. Maines teen birth rate is about half the national average and sixth-lowest in the country. 2015
Maine restaurants and hotels had a record-breaking year in 2016, bringing in more than $3.6 billion in combined sales, according to estimates from the Maine Restaurant Association and Maine Innkeepers Association. Overall, lodging and restaurant sales rose 7 percent from 2015 2017
WCSH - L.L. Bean is planning to quadruple its number of U.S. stores by 2020 and double it staff. The Freeport based company currently has 25 stores outside of its flagship store in Maine. The company announced that it plans to add four more stores in 2015 and 15 each year after that. By 2020, it plans to have 100 stores total in the U.S. So far L.L. Bean has added stores in Burlington, Vermont, Denver, Colorado and the Mall of america. Kacere said reception in the markets was strong. The company it hasn't yet decided where the all of the new stores will be located, but The Associated Press reported that the expansion will include stores in the West Coast. L.L. Bean also has 20 stores in Japan and about 50 China locations. 2015
Press Herald - Mild early winter weather, rising consumer confidence and exuberant holiday shoppers pushed Maines taxable sales to a record high in 2014, according to Maine Revenue Services figures. The years total of $18.94 billion in taxable sales was 4 percent higher than in 2013 and far exceeded the last pre-recession sales total of $17.42 billion in 2007. In December 2014 alone, sales were up more than 10 percent over the previous year. 2015
Sun Journal - Nationally, online retail sales have grown year-over-year by double-digit percentages from about 2000 through 2012, when online sales made up an estimated 5.2 percent of all retail sales, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2012, a 14.7 percent rise in online shopping came with an increase in total retail sales. But Maine sales last year remained 5 percent lower than 2007 and slightly lower than 2008, not counting holiday-related food store spending. 2014
About 80 percent of Maines businesses are family-owned, according to the nonprofit Institute for Family-Owned Businesses in Brunswick. Less than 30 percent survive to the second generation and less than 13 percent make it to the third generation. 2014
There's been a sharp decline in Maine's ranking when it comes to overall child well-being. That's according to the Maine Children's Alliance annual Kids Count Data Book, which indicates that Maine ranks 17th in the nation, dropping five spots from last year. 2016
Maine is the only state in country to see no improvement in healthcare coverage since 2010. Only state where coverage for kids has declined 2015
42% of women with children in this state in poverty 2015
The Tri Town Weekly notes that in 1977 there were over 38 million pounds of clams harvested, In 2012 it was just under 11 million.
One of the most prominent outcomes of climate change noted in a UM report has been the overall increase of Maines temperature. According to studies cited in the report, since the end of the 19th Century, Maines average annual temperature has risen about 3 degrees F (1.7 degrees C). Current models of the global atmosphere and ocean developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), predict that Maines annual temperature could go up another 3-5 degrees F (1.7-2.8 degrees C) by 2050. Additionally, Maines warm season, defined in the report at the time when the temperature is above freezing, has increased in length by two weeks. Higher temperatures and longer warm periods have affected agriculture; Maines maple syrup season is now arriving earlier in the year than previously, for example. Higher temperatures make for a more hospitable environment for lyme-disease bearing ticks, while Maine staples such as moose are more vulnerable to the heat. Likewise, changes in Maines climate could make the state more open to foreign and invasive species. In the Gulf of Maine, average water temperature has increased at a rate faster than most of the world. In 2012, a heat wave caused lobsters to migrate toward shore early, resulting in an overabundance of the crustaceans and a drop in their value, hurting lobster fishermen. Winter recreation has also been affected by decreases in snowfall and higher temperatures. More than a hundred ski resorts in Maine have signed a declaration urging statewide climate action. 2015
Northeastern states led by Maine and Vermont have gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in annual temperature, gaining 2.5 degrees on average.- 2014
Maine ranked 14th among states for extreme weather this year with a total of 227 records set. New records were hotter by an average of 6.3° F. There were 28 times more record high temps than record lows 2014
NY Times - The Gulf of Maines waters are warming faster than almost any ocean waters on earth, scientists say and fish are voting with their fins for cooler places to live. That is upending an ecosystem and the fishing industry that depends on it. In decades past, the gulf had warmed on average by about one degree every 21 years. In the last decade, the average has been one degree every two years. What were experiencing is a warming that very few ocean ecosystems have ever experienced, said Andrew J. Pershing, the chief scientific officer for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute here. 2014
Sun Journal - The League of Conservation Voters released its annual scorecard for Congress, giving Maine's U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, and 1st District U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, perfect scores of 100. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, received a 60, while 2nd District Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, received a score of 9. 2016
Maine credit unions got off to a strong start in 2013, posting new records for assets, savings, loans and members for the first six months of 2013.The aggregate deposits for the states 61 credit unions topped $6 billion for the first time and loans reached $4 billion by June 30, the Maine Credit Union League said.
WCSH -The Maine Department of Public Safety says crime dropped nearly 15 percent last year, the largest drop in the four decades that the state has kept detailed records. The biggest drop in 2014 was for burglaries at 22.4 percent. 2015
In 2010, 64 percent of deceased Mainers were cremated, considerably above the national average of 41 percent.
The largest earthquake in Maine occurred in 1904 with a maginiture of 5.1. Overthrew chimneys in Washington County, in the area of Calais and Eastport, Maine, and at St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
Boston Globe: Officials say Maine saw a 31 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in 2015 that was fueled by heroin and fentanyl. Officials said Monday that 272 people died from overdoses last year, setting another record following 208 overdose deaths the year before. 2016
Overdose deaths - 2010-2014 - spiked from 16 to 100. 2015
Press Herald - In Maine, the number of people seeking [herion] treatment more than tripled from 1,115 in 2010 to 3,463 in 2014. 2015
Sun Journal - The Maine Office of the Attorney General released figures that showed 208 people died in Maine last year from drug overdoses, up 18 percent over 2013. It made 2014 the deadliest year on record for drug deaths. 2015
Colin Woodward, Down East Magazine - Mainers rank fourth highest in the country for pot smoking, but well below the national average for past-month use of other illicit substances. We're twenty-first in drinking - 53 percent of those twelve and over have consumed alcohol in the last month - and twenty-first in tobacco use (three people in ten smoke.) The same survey found that just over 9 percent of Maine adults have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, a level exceeded by only four other states, all of them in the South or West. 2014
ECOLOGY & FARMS
Maine has 8174 farms (Up fro 7196 in
Speaking at a panel on women in agriculture, USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel offered these stats:
29% of Maine farmers are
women, up from 25% in 2007
PRESS HERALD 2015
Maine is seeing a surge in small farms, with more than 1,000 farms added in the last 10 years, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. 2015
International sales of Maine food products more than doubled between 2007 and 2013, according to federal trade data. Canada, by far Maines largest trade partner, is the leading importer of those products. In 2013, Canada imported about $300 million worth of Maine food and agriculture products, some of which lobster and potatoes were processed and exported back to buyers in the United States. But after Canada, the next four leading importers in 2013 were all in Asia Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and China. 2015
From Maine Farmland Trust
There are more blueberries grown in Maine than any other state. The state produces roughly 98 percent of the wild blueberries in the U.S. -2014
Maine Public Broadcasting - Environment Maine has a study that looks at the growth of solar power in 57 major cities between 2011 and 2013. In terms of installed solar capacity, Portland ranks third to last.
Maine's seafood harvest last year was the third most valuable among the states, thanks to lobster.
Mainers use and dispose of more than 700 million shopping bags a year. That's more than two million bags thrown away every single day. - Natural Resources Council, 2009
Per-student funding for Maines public colleges and universities is 13% below 2008 levels. Since 2008, average tuition in Maine is up by $1,046 for four-year public colleges and universities. 2016
Kids Count Report 2014:
Maine has the 7th highest rate of student loan debt in the country. Average student has more than $29,000 in debt. - Shenna Bellows 2014
The state ranks 48th for average teacher salaries. Education leaders said two of every five people that go into teaching leave after their first five-years of teaching.
Times Record - The states unemployment rate in January was Maines lowest since 2001. Preliminary Maine Department of Labor figures show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent in January. Thats lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.8 percent, and down from Maines 3.8 percent unemployment rate in January 2016. 2017
Maine Center for Economic Policy - The greater Portland areaextending from Kennebunk in the south to Freeport in the northcontinues to account for most of the job growth in Maine over the past seven years, according to MECEP analysis of metropolitan area nonfarm payroll employment figures released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since the Great Recession officially began in December, 2007, the Portland metropolitan area has added about 2,900 jobs, while the rest of the state has lost about 11,800.
Maine's honey production increased by 25 percent last year, as growth in beekeeping helped the industry thrive despite a harsh winter.2015
MPBN - The number of organic farms in Maine has increased by 36 percent over the last seven years, according to new data from the USDA. The agency has just released its 2014 organic survey, which lists 517 organic farms in Maine that compares with 379 when the survey was last done in 2008. Meanwhile the total acreage of organic farmland in the state more than doubled to 58,000 acres, while sales of organic products are up 74 percent during the period to $54 million. Colson says the growth in Maine is in stark contrast to the national picture, where the number of organic farms actually fell slightly between 2008 and 2014. 2015
FREEDOM & JUSTICE
In Maine, 140 whites per 100,000 are in jail, while 839 blacks per 100,000 are 2016
Maine had the lowest correctional supervision rate in the country at the end of 2013, with just 980 adults per 100,000 under some form of supervision... 2015
According to the Prison Policy Institute, Maine's incarceration is in the bottom of American states. But here is how our rate of 148 per 100,000 compares with some other countries:2014
Bangor Daily News - Maine has slowed its spending on health care for prisoners over the past decade but remains one of the highest spenders in the country, according to a study conducted by two national nonprofit organizations. The report, Managing Prison Health Care Spending, was released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The $6,740 average spent per inmate by Maine was the sixth highest of the 44 states examined as part of the study. - 2013
Maine ACLU - According to the Uniform Crime Report data
- Black people in Maine are 3.64 times more likely to be arrested than white people.
- Black youth in Maine are 3.83 times more likely to be arrested than white youth. .
- Black people in Maine are 3.68 times more likely to be arrested for a drug crime than white people.
- In York County, black people are 8.71 times more likely to be arrested for a drug crime than white people.
- Black people in Maine are 6.53 times more likely to be incarcerated than white people. 2014
According to the 2010 Census, Maine has more same-sex couples per capita than all but six states, according to a new analysis of 2010 U.S. Census data. Additionally, South Portland and Portland have become particular hot spots for gay couples, the statistics show, outpacing Boston, Cambridge and other gay-friendly cities.
With a total area of 33,215 square miles, Maine covers nearly as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.
Jaime McLeod, Sun Journal - The reason for the dearth of dinosaur remains [in Maine] is a nearly 300-million-year gap in Maines fossil record. The glaciers responsible for carving out Maines distinctive craggy landscape during the Pleistocene Epoch a period between about 2.5 million and 12,000 years ago abraded more than 400 feet of earth from the states surface, scouring away a massive chunk of geological history in the process. As a result, all of the fossils found in Maine so far date from either the past 12,000 years, after the last glacier receded, or from more than 400 million years ago, during a warm, fertile age called the Devonian Period.
Maine Public Broadcasting - Maines child and teen suicide rate increased 30 percent from 2012 to 2014, according to the Maine Childrens Alliances annual Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday. Executive Director Claire Berkowitz says the current rate is nearly 7 suicides per 100,000 deaths for kids ages 10-19. And the national rate is 5.4, so were significantly higher than the national rate, she says. 2015
Kids Count Report 2014
- Access to healthcare: In 2012, 95 percent of Maine's children had health insurance coverage. However, 12,000 Maine children still lacked health benefits.
- Between 2005 and 2012, the percentage of low birth weight babies born in Maine decreased from 63 percent to 6.6 percent.
- Child & teen death rate: In 2010, Maine's child and teen death rate was 27 deaths per 100,000 children.
- Teens and substance use: In 2012, six percent of Maine teens reported that they abused or were dependent on alcohol or drugs during the last year, a 45 percent decrease from 2005/2006, when 11 percent of teens reported substance abuse or dependence.
9.4% of the states residents lack health insurance down from 10.4% in 2000. Nationally 16.3% of Americans lack health insurance. 2011
Workers in Maine's largest metropolitan area enjoy shorter commuting times than the national average despite the area's status as an employment hub for the state. Commuters in the Portland-South Portland area spent an average of 24.1 minutes getting to work in 2013, slightly less than the national average of 25.8 minutes. 2015
There are 23,000 Maine households - or about 3% - that do not have a flush toilet. 2016
Maine experienced a 13 percent decrease in overall homelessness from 2014 to 2015, along with an 11.5 percent decrease in chronic homelessness and a 7.7 percent decrease in family homelessness. However, the overall number of homeless Mainers counted last year 2,372 individuals was about the same as 2010. 2016
Maine home sales for the three-month period ending March 31 increased 16.4 percent from a year earlier to 2,869, and the median sale price increased 5.4 percent to $174,500.2016
Portland has some of the oldest housing in New England, with 51 percent of the units built before 1940, according to the American Community Survey. Of Portlands 30,000 housing units, 17,000 are rentals. 2014
Tom Johnston - On average, the center of a hurricane passes within 50 nautical miles of the Maine coastline every 30-50 years.
Immigration Policy Center - The foreign-born share of Maine's population was 3.0% in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Maine was home to 39,378 immigrants in 2008.
56.7% of immigrants (or 22,315 people) in Maine were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2008-meaning that they are eligible to vote.
1.8% (or 14,596) of registered voters in Maine were "New Americans"-naturalized citizens or the U.S.-born children of immigrants who were raised during the current era of immigration from Latin America and Asia which began in 1965-according to an analysis of 2006 Census Bureau data by Rob Paral & Associates.
The Latino share of Maine's population grew from 0.7% in 2000 to 1.0% (or 13,165 people) in 2008. The Asian share of the population grew from 0.7% in 2000 to 0.8% (or 10,532 people) in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 2009 purchasing power of Maine's Latinos totaled $453.1 million-an increase of 482.9% since 1990. Asian buying power totaled $307.5 million-an increase of 277% since 1990, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.
Maine's 833 Asian-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $205 million and employed 2,364 people in 2002, the last year for which data is available. The state's 731 Latino-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $113 million and employed 637 people in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Business Owners.
Immigrants comprised 2.8% of the state's workforce in 2008 (or 19,937 workers), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Unauthorized immigrants comprised less than 0.5% of the state's workforce (or fewer than 3,550 workers) in 2008, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Maine, the state would lose $137 million in economic activity, $60.9 million in gross state product, and approximately 1,080 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.
Maine's 1,256 foreign students contributed $31.2 million to the state's economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2008-2009 academic year, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
28.5% of Maine's foreign-born population age 25 and older had at least a bachelor's degree in 2008, compared to 25.2% of native-born persons age 25 and older.
Forbes - The [LL Bean] workforce is a diverse one, particularly for Maine, where the population is 95% white. More than 40 languages are spoken in manufacturing, according to McCormick. There are workers with origins in the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and Somalia, among others, cutting and sewing alongside born-and-raised Mainers, who make up the bulk of the companys employees.
Its also a relatively old group, with a median age of 48. ...The company goes out of its way to recruit older workers, particularly for its seasonal factory and warehouse positions, when it relies on retirees seeking some extra cash. About 60% of the 5,000 extra shift workers who come on board each August for the crucial holiday season return every year. Bean has advertised for these temporary gigs by pointing out that the 25% to 40% employee discount can be used toward gifts for the grandkids.
The pay isnt bad, either. The average hourly worker earns between $32,000 and $35,000 annually. This year all 5,300 of Beans full-timers will get a 5% boost in their pay from company profits, amounting to between $1,500 and $2,000 apiece.
A staggering 21% of L.L. Beans employees have been with the company for more than 20 years. 2015
Press Herald - Fishing regulators say Maine lobstermen set a record for the total value of the lobsters they caught with a haul worth nearly $500 million last year. The states Department of Marine Resources said the catch was worth $495.4 million at the dock last year. Thats $35 million more than the catch the year before, which was a record at the time. The state says fishermen also topped 120 million pounds of lobster for the fourth year in a row. The 120 million-pound catch was down about 3.6 million pounds from the previous year, but still was far above the hauls of the 1990s and 2000s. Maine lobster topped $4 per pound at the dock for the first time since 2007. 2016
There is a backlog of nearly 300 people on the waiting list for a license. Some of the fishermen have been on the list for more than a decade. 2016
A recent lobster stock assessment shows the population of the states famous bottom-dwelling crustacean at record highs in the Gulf of Maine. Through data collected by fishery-dependent and fishery-independent sources, the stock assessment gives fishermen and scientists a picture of the condition of the economically important stock. According to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the 2015 benchmark stock assessment for lobsters shows the stock of crustaceans in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank is not depleted and overfishing is not occurring. 2016
Press Herald - Lyme disease is roughly 10 times more prevalent nationwide than the number of cases reported by doctors would suggest, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report did not provide estimates for individual states, but data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that reported cases of Lyme disease have increased significantly in the state over the past decade, from 175 in 2003 to 1,111 in 2012. Another troubling phenomenon is the recent explosion in Maine's deer tick population,caused by factors such as farmland reverting to woods, and the lack of long periods of cold, dry weather without snow cover, which kills the ticks.
Maine Public Broadcating - A group that keeps track of broadband speeds across the nation says Maine continues to have one of the lowest rankings in the country. According to a study by the group Speed Matters, Maine's ranking this year is the same as last: 42nd in the nation.
MONEY & WORK
Maines economy grew sluggishly in the final three months of 2016, expanding just 0.7 percent, making Maine the slowest-growing state in New England and 43rd nationally. Figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis suggest that contractions in real estate, rental and leasing activity, along with a decline manufacturing of non-durable goods items expected to last less than three years were the biggest drags on the states economy. 2017
All but two Maine counties have seen income drop since 2000. 2016
Press Herald - Portlands gross domestic product the metro regions output of goods and services was flat last year compared to 2013, the report shows, while the average for growth in metro areas nationally was 2.3 percent. Maines two other metro areas did even worse, with Lewiston-Auburn posting a decline of 0.3 percent and Bangors economy contracting 1.1 percent. 2015
Pew Trusts - A Stateline analysis of states employment data shows that while all states have added jobs since their economies hit their nadir during the recession, some have added far fewer than others. Ten states (Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) have seen total employment grow 5 percent or less compared to their lowest points, according to the analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. On average, employment has increased 8 percent among all 50 states and the District of Columbia since each ones individual nadir. 2015
Colin Woodward, Down East Magazine - In popular culture, Maine is presumed to be a land of fishermen, farmers, and lumberjacks, hearty resource harvesters wresting their livelihood from that wiliest of bosses: Mother Nature. In reality, only 1.6 percent of our workforce does any of those things, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reports that the state's 470 farm, greenhouse, and nursery workers are now officially outnumbered by the 480 people whose job is categorized as "legislator." The most common job in Maine isn't lobstermen or lumberjack, it's retail sales clerk, followed closely by cashier; there are more people working in either of those professions than all the fishermen, farmers, and forestry workers combined. The biggest private employer in the state - during the fourth-quarter holiday season anyway - is L.L. Bean, followed by Hannaford and WalMart (three firms with plenty of clerks and cashiers).
Boat yards employ about 5 percent of the state's work force, and their industry generates over $600 million a year for the Maine economy.- Voice of America
Press Herald - Despite several high-profile collisions between moose and automobiles over the past week the number of such accidents has dropped significantly in Maine over the past several years, state officials say. The state averaged about 674 collisions annually from 1995 through 2007, with a high of 858 in 1998, according to figures from the Maine Department of Transportation. But from 2008 through 2013, the yearly average was about 443. Last year, there were 385 moose-vehicle collisions and no fatalities, and there have been only 113 collisions through July 9 this year, with one fatality that occurred this week ...Up to 80 percent of moose-vehicle accidents in Maine occur between dusk and dawn, according to the Maine DOT. 2014
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association says that there are nearly 600 organic farms in the state selling products, up from 41 two decades ago. That's about 7 percent of the state farm land. 2011
A census update finds that 71% of Maine voters turned out in the 2008 presidential election. Nationally, the figure was 63%. Maine women were about four points more likely to vote than the state's men
Press Herald - The estimated population of Maine was 1,329,328 in July 2015, a year-over-year decline of 928 people... But that is 967 more people, about one-tenth of 1 percent, than Maine had in 2010, the last time the government did a hard-count census of its residents. Cumberland County, which hosts Portland and its suburbs, accounted for eight out of the 10 Maine communities with populations that grew the most, numerically. Windham added the most 815 people from 2010 to 2015, a 4.8 percent increase that raised its total count to 17,816. Falmouth, Gorham, Scarborough and Portland round out the list of five communities that added the most people over the five-year period. 2016
Press Herald - Population data by the U.S. Census Bureau continues to paint a portrait of Maine as a graying state lacking in diversity... Maine saw the largest increase in median age of all states 43.9 to 44.2 from 2013 to 2014... Maine saw a modest 0.12 percent gain in population, with most of the growth coming in southern and coastal counties. Maines population grew from 1.328 million to 1.33 million from 2013 to 2014, according to Census data. photo-store
Maine is second only to Florida in percentage of population over age 65, at 18.3 percent. In Florida, 19.1 percent of the population falls into the 65-and-older category.
Nationwide, the new Census data shows millennials those born from 1982 to 2000 now number 83.1 million and make up a quarter of the countrys population. There are roughly 300,000 millennials in Maine, or 22.6 percent of the population.
Percent of native born Mainers
Sun Journal - Although Maines non-white population rose 37 percent between 2000 and 2010, the states three largest metropolitan areas rank in the bottom 25 in a new Brown University study on racial and cultural diversity in the United States. Bangor places fifth from the bottom. Portland-South Portland-Biddeford ranks 11th, and the Lewiston-Auburn area fills the No. 25 spot.
Maine population increase in decade prior to:
Greater Portland area
Brookings Institution 2010
54% of those in Portland earning over $50,000 a year moved there within the past 5 years.- 2014
Retail vacancies in Portland are 4% compared with 10% nationally- 2014
Maine Beacon - More Maine children are facing deep poverty in far greater proportions than the rest of the nation; in fact the proportion of Maine children living in deep poverty increased at a rate that was a staggering 8 times greater than that of the rest of the nation between 2011 and 2015. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is intended to provide support to poor families so they can meet their basic needs and get the skills needed to sustain employment. Fewer and fewer poor children are able to access this help in Maine. In 2011, the state imposed a lifetime limit on assistance and stricter sanction policies. Over the last five years, approximately 16,000 children have lost access to the basic assistance and support that TANF provides. Now only 16% of poor children in Maine receive this support (down from 35% in 2011).2016
Nineteen percent of Maine is on food stamps, making it the tenth highest state for food stamp use. This includes 94,000 children. 2013
Homelessness has surged to a new, record-setting level in Portland, with more than 500 people seeking emergency shelter for the first time in city history. 2013
Sun Journal - Just over 15 percent of Maine households weren't able to put adequate food on the table at times during the past year, according to the latest survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's up from about 9 percent a decade ago. The number of food supplement - formerly known as food stamps - cases has more than doubled in the past 10 years, from about 53,000 in August 2001 to more than 132,000 in August 2011. Androscoggin County cases alone have jumped 52 percent since 2008. In 2009, the USDA ranked Maine 9th worst in the country for food insecurity and 2nd worst for "very low food security," the most severe, chronic condition involving hunger. In 2010, Maine improved in the rankings, to 13th place for food insecurity and 6th for very low food security. 2013
WCSH - Only seven states ranked higher than Maine for poor road conditions; eight ranked worse for having structurally deficient bridges. TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group, conducted the research into the road conditions of all 50 states... The report found 26 percent of Maine's rural roads have pavement that is in poor condition. Fifteen percent of the state's rural bridges are structurally deficient. 2015
According to Pew Research, Maine is among the least religious states in the country. Only 34% of Mainers say religion is very important in their lives and just 22% attend weekly church services. More than half of Mainers say they dont believe in God with absolute certainty. 2016
The Public Religion Research Institute has done a state by state breakdown of religious affiliations and Maine is one of thirteen states where the non-affiliated are the largest category. The 13 are not just liberal states; they include Alaska and Idaho. In Maine 28% are unaffiliated, 26% are Catholic and 24% are white mainstream Protestant. 2015
Turnpike sets record with 80 million drivers in 2015. Up from 76 million in 2007. 2016
WCSH - A new study has ranked Maine eighth in worst rural roads. According to the study by Trip, a national transportation research group, 28 percent of Maine's rural roads are in disrepair. That means roads in less populated towns and going through neighborhoods aren't getting the attention they need. The study also claimed that 16 percent of Maine's bridges need repair. 2014
Figures from the U.S. Census Bureaus latest report on moving suggest that older people make up a larger proportion of those coming to the state than they do for the country as a whole. According to the report, 9.4 percent of the estimated 30,154 people who moved into Maine in 2012 were 65 or older. Nationally, the percentage of people in that age group who moved to a new state was just 6.2 percent. Maine is the nations oldest state, with a median age in 2013 of 44, compared with a national median age of 37.5. 2015
Without Social Security, the elderly poverty rate in Maine would be nearly half (47.9%) rather than the 8.8% (1 out of 11) that it is today. - 2012
Suicide among middle-aged Mainers has soared since 1999, fueling an overall increase in the suicide rate for people of all ages in Maine and mirroring a national trend. The number of Mainers who killed themselves in the 45-64 age group increased from 47 in 1999 to 102 in 2013 before declining to 86 in 2014, the latest year for which statistics are available, according to the CDC. The trend line was consistently higher in the 2010s when compared with the early to mid-2000s. The figures translate into a suicide rate for middle-aged Mainers of 21.1 per 100,000 people in 2014. Thats a 37 percent increase from 1999, when the rate per 100,000 was 15.4. 2016
Maine has fewer dentists per capita than in most other states, including the rest of New England. Whereas the national average is 6 active dentists per 10,000 people; in Maine the average is 5 per 10,000. In Oxford, Somerset, and Waldo counties, that number dips below 3.
In 2010, Maine ranked 34th out of 50 states in terms of the percentage of residents who had seen a dental provider in the past year (just under 69 percent).
In Maine, dental complaints were the number one reason for emergency room visits among MaineCare patients and uninsured people between the ages of 15 and 44 in 2006, the most recent year for which comprehensive statistics are available. According to a study released this February by the Pew Center on the States, "hospital treatment for dental problems is nearly 10 times more expensive than preventative care" (all those MaineCare visits cost more than $6.5 million) - Portland Phoenix
Press Herald - Maines tourism industry saw its revenue increase for the fourth straight year in 2016, growing to $6 billion, a 6 percent bump over 2015. The 35.8 million visitors who fueled the growth included a resurgence of Canadian vacationers... Mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas such as New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., have become a rich vein for Maine tourism, particularly for first-time visitors who tend to stay longer and spend more money. The state hosted about 5 million first-time visitors in 2016, half a million more than in 2015. 2017
Washington Post - Thousands of vehicles are repeatedly blowing through Maryland E-ZPass lanes without an E-ZPass transponder, and the state is doing little to collect the millions of dollars in unpaid tolls.One car-rental company owes the state nearly $209,000 in unpaid tolls and penalties, despite having received nearly 7,000 letters over four years. . . Individual vehicle owners aren't paying up, either. About 15,000 owe more than $500 each.
Volunteering in America - In 2009, approximately 367,000 volunteers in Maine contributed 52.6 million hours of service. In Maine, more than 8,800 people participate in national service each year through 36 national service projects and programs. This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service will commit more than $7,400,000 to support the national service initiatives (Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and other programs) in Maine. . . 33% of residents volunteer - ranking them 15th among the 50 states and Washington, DC . . . 49 hours per resident - ranking them 4th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
AVERAGE HIGH AND LOWS
Press Herald - Wind power companies have spent more than $532 million on projects in Maine over the past eight years and are poised to spend an additional $745 million over the next four, an industry trade group said in a report summarizing the economic impact of wind energy in the state between 2006 and 2018. Fourteen utility-scale wind power projects built or under construction have a total generation capacity of 614 megawatts, the report said. That capacity could serve more than 200,000 homes... Projects planned over the next few years could more than double the capacity. 2015
WORLD WAR II
MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING - The percentage of Maine kids living in poverty rose to nearly 22 percent in 2008, up from 19.4 percent the year before. That's according to the latest annual "Kids Count" report released today at a State House news conference by the Maine Children's Alliance. Moreover, the Alliance says, 38 percent of all Maine children are living in low-income households. . . The report also found that there are about 17,000 children in Maine without health insurance, though the state's 6 percent uninsured rate for kids is still half the national rate of 12 percent.