Although Maine is a large state geographically, its population is rather small. As of 2012 The US Census estimate for Maine was 1,328,644, which represents 4.2% of the entire United States population. Population growth over 2011 was minimal. Homeownership in Maine is high at 77.7% versus a national average of 66.1%.
Maine is a popular tourist destination, but it also experiences snowy winters and, consequently, the great temporary influx of visitors occurs during the warmer months. Many of these visitors establish an alternate secondary residence in Maine during some or all warm months and then depart for their primary residence in the off-season.
Maine is also a common destination for summer homes, espeically along the coast or on its lakes. Prices for this type of real estate is highly variable, depending upon location and overall proximity to the water. Maine's skiing destinations also a highly popular for winter retreats - and condos are along the slopes are a common option.
As the above graph clearly illustrates, most people live along the Maine coast, and in the southern part of the state. The largest counties ae Cumberland and York, which combine to represent 36% of the state's populaiton. Portland is the state largest city.
Maine's Racial Diversity & Changing Population
Persons Under 18
Persons Over 65
% Change - 2010
From 2006-11, the population of the Portland MSA increased by 0.7%, while the national benchmark cities increased by 3.5%, Maine increased by 1.1%, and New England increased by 1.0%. From 2001-11, the population of the Portland region grew by 4.1%, which was much slower than the national benchmark regions (10.1%), but faster than the State of Maine (3.4%) and New England (2.9%).
Maine Quick Facts
30,862 sq miles
17 million acres
77.7% (2011 census)
Persons / Sq mile
Things Decidedly Maine
Pinecone & Tassel
Key industries for the regional economy were identified as part of the economic development plan produced by the Portland Community Chamber and City of Portland. Employment between 2010 and 2011 in the Biomedical/ Life Sciences sector in the Portland region increased 0.8%. The Portland region (5.6%) lost jobs in the Information Technology sector. In the Business and Financial Services sector the Portland region grew 1.6%. Employment in the in the Arts, Entertainment, Recreation & Visitor sector in the Portland region grew 2.2%.