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Maine Demographics

The Influence of the Changing Maine Population on Real Estate

Although Maine is a large state geographically, its population is rather small. As of 2017 The US Census estimate for Maine was 1,335,907, which represents an increase of 0.6% since the 2010 census. 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, especially 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.

Population Density

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
Population Changes-Greater Portland MSA
  White Non-Hispanic 95.4   78.1
  Hispanic 1.4   16.7
  Asian 1.1   5.0
  Black 1.3   13.0
  Native American 0.7   1.2
  Mixed Race 1.5   1.2
  Persons Under 18
20.3   23.7
  Persons Over 65
16.3   13.3
  Bachelor's Degree 
27.1   28.2
  % Change - 2010
.1   1.7
  % Female
51.1   50.8
Greater Portland

In the five-year period from 2009–2013, the population of the City of Portland declined by 0.1%, while the national benchmark cities increased by 2.7%. In the ten-year period from 2004–2013, the population of the City of Portland increased by 0.9%, while the national benchmark cities increased by 5.3%.
Maine Quick Facts: The Story of Home
  Land Area 30,862 sq miles   Memories
  Coastline 3,500 miles
  Forest Area 17 million acres
  Home Ownership 77.7% (2011 census)
  Persons / Sq mile 41.3
  Capital City Augusta
  Things Decidedly Maine
  Native Bird
  Flower Pinecone & Tassel
  Mammal Moose
  Fish Landlocked Salmon
  Tree White Pine
Maine Coon
Largest Cities

The 10 largest cities in Maine are; Portland (66,649); Lewiston (32,277); Bangor (32,491); South Portland (25,397); Auburn (22,943); Biddeford (21,341); Augusta (18,691); Saco (19,008); Westbrook (17,969) and Waterville (16,134).


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