Maine Economics and Demographics Program

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Economic role of service centers in Maine

Maine has almost five hundred municipalities, but most of them are places where people live, not places where people work. The vast majority of goods and services transactions are concentrated in 77 municipalities defined as Service Centers by the Maine State Planning Office. This Economics team briefing compares Service Center municipalities to other municipalities in Maine.

Are the economics of a sustainable Maine forest sustainable?

Mike LeVert, Charles Colgan and Charles Lawton discuss the transformation of the economic environment of Maine’s forests over the past two decades. Paper companies have sold most of their holdings; residential and conservation demand for land has increased; forestland prices have skyrocketed; and new classes of landowners have different strategies, objectives, and time horizons than the old industrial landowners. The authors believe that management of Maine’s forests must now address changes in the economic environment with the same intensity as threats such as the spruce budworm were addressed if we are to keep Maine’s forests as forests.

A brief history of the Maine economy

Maine's coastal geography and abundance of natural resources vital to the nation's development led to early settlement and rapid population and economic growth. When those resources become less vital following the Civil War, however, Maine's growth slowed markedly and remains slow today. But, because Maine was not spoiled by continuous rapid growth, the State's current tourism campaign can boast of "Maine -- the way life should be!"

2012 Report on Poverty

Each year since 1998, the Maine State Planning Office has reported on the subject of poverty in Maine. The 2012 report (PDF) contains indicators updated through November 2011. Released January 2012.

2011 report on poverty

Each year since 1998, the Maine State Planning Office has reported on the subject of poverty in Maine. The 2010 report (PDF) contains indicators updated through November 2010. Released January 2011.

Coastline population trends, 1960-2008

Maine has 5,300 miles of coastline with iconic rocky beaches, lighthouses, and island views. Coastal Maine’s physical features have remained much the same over time. But what about the population?

Youth migration summary

There are persistent concerns about the departure of young people from the state. As we await the Census 2010 population count, we can consider what we might see in terms of youth migration. There are a few ways of looking at currently available estimates that can give an indication of what has been happening since the last decennial count.

2010 report on poverty

Each year since 1998, the Maine State Planning Office has reported on the subject of poverty in Maine. The 2010 report (PDF) contains indicators updated through December 2008. Released January 2010.

2009 report on poverty

Each year since 1998, the Maine State Planning Office has reported on the subject of poverty in Maine. The 2009 report (PDF) contains indicators updated through December 2007.

Employment patterns of Somali immigrants to Lewiston

In 2001, large numbers of Somali immigrants began moving to the Lewiston/Auburn area. While some came directly to Lewiston from Somalia, many others came from large cities in the United States. They came to Maine for the same reasons that many people move here: the quality of life and strong family values that make the state a good place to raise a family. The Lewiston/Auburn community has experienced some growing pains while taking in this new population. Employment has been one of the key issues.

2008 report on poverty

Maine's aging population: A survey of potential economic implications

The phenomenon of Maine’s aging population is often wondered about, but seldom thoroughly investigated. As the impending demographic change approaches, it becomes increasingly important to identify potential implications for Maine’s economy. On a broad scale, this report represents an integrated collection of the research that various academic scholars and policymakers have already done on the issue of population aging, both in the U.S. and Maine. It does not offer any new analysis, but rather serves to catalogue the ideas people have already begun thinking about in the hope that it will aid others to recognize areas that will require additional attention as Maine prepares to age successfully.

2007 report on poverty

Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, Apr. 2013

The Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission convened on March 26, 2013, to revise its November 2012 forecast.

Maine city and town population outlook to 2030

The Governor's Office of Policy and Management has released 2015-2030 population projections for cities and towns.

Maine state and county population outlook to 2030

The Governor's Office of Policy and Management has released 2015-2030 population projections for the state and counties.

Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, Nov. 2012

The Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission convened on October 25, 2012, to revise its February 2012 forecast.

Business and industry leaders share data with economic forecasters

On October 25, 2012, leaders of several Maine business and industry associations assembled at the State House to share economic data and industry-specific information with the Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission (CEFC).

Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission background materials

The background materials for the October 25, 2012, Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission meeting are now available.

Business and industry leaders share data with economic forecasters

On September 29, leaders of several business and industry groups assembled at the State House to share economic data and industry-specific information with the Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission (CEFC).

Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, Nov.2010

The Commission convened on October 26, 2010, to revise its February 2010 forecast.

Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, Feb.2010

The Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission (CEFC) convened in January to revise its November 2009 forecast. This report provides a summary of the Commission’s findings.

2014 Average Personal Income Growth Factor

With the passage of “LD 1” in 2005, towns and counties are required to calculate a property tax levy limit each year based on local property growth and statewide average personal income growth. Each town and county is responsible for calculating its property growth. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is responsible for calculating income growth. For the 2013 property tax year (the 2014 budget year for most towns), OPM has determined that figure to be 1.09%. Read the full release for more information and calculations.

Tax burden reduction (LD 1) report issued

The Office of Policy and Management released the 2012 edition of its annual report on progress made toward the tax burden reduction goal established by PL 2005, chapter 2 (also known as LD 1).

2013 Average Personal Income Growth Factor

With the passage of “LD 1” in 2005, towns and counties are required to calculate a property tax levy limit each year based on local property growth and statewide average personal income growth. Each town and county is responsible for calculating its property growth. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is responsible for calculating income growth. For the 2012 property tax year (the 2013 budget year for most towns), OPM has determined that figure to be 1.05%. Read the full release for more information and calculations.

Tax burden reduction (LD1) report issued

The State Planning Office released the 2011 edition of its annual report on progress made toward the tax burden reduction goal established by PL 2005, chapter 2 (also known as LD 1).

2012 Average Personal Income Growth Factor

With the passage of “LD 1” in 2005, towns and counties are required to calculate a property tax levy limit each year based on local property growth and statewide average personal income growth. Each town and county is responsible for calculating its property growth. The State Planning Office (SPO) is responsible for calculating income growth. For the 2011 property tax year (the 2012 budget year for most towns), SPO has determined that figure to be 1.43%. Read the full release for more information and calculations.

Tax burden reduction (LD1) report issued

The State Planning Office released its report in accordance with PL 2005, chapter 2 (also known as LD 1). Under this statute, SPO annually reports on the progress made by the state, counties, municipalities, and school administrative units toward reaching the legislated tax burden reduction goal.

2011 LD 1 Average Personal Income Growth Factor

With the passage of “LD 1” in 2005, towns and counties are required to calculate a property tax levy limit each year based on local property growth and statewide average personal income growth. Each town and county is responsible for calculating its property growth. The State Planning Office (SPO) is responsible for calculating income growth. For the 2010 property tax year (the 2011 budget year for most towns), SPO has determined that figure to be 1.66%. Read the full release for more information and calculations.

Public access to Maine's private lands: A cultural and economic asset

This paper has four sections. First is a brief discussion of the economic role that private land owners play by allowing access to their land. Next is a review of the common reasons why landowners restrict access to their land. Public policy solutions will need to address these reasons in order to be successful. The third section is an overview of programs available in Maine and elsewhere to incent landowners to continue to allow public access. And finally, recommendations are suggested that may be effective in continuing, expanding, and improving public access to private land in Maine.

Understanding the impact of closing Naval Air Station Brunswick

The closure of Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) will give a new face to the mid-coast Maine communities that have hosted military personnel and their families for years. Businesses will look for new customers; base workers will change jobs; landlords will advertise for new tenants; and everyone will contemplate potential reuses of the base. In short, the entire community will feel the change. The closure will also bring opportunities. Research shows that most communities facing a military base closure recover after an initial adjustment period. Some even experience enhanced economic growth when military facilities are successfully converted to civilian use.

Maine State Data Center News: US Census Bureau Releases Detailed Snapshot of Maine in 2010

On Thursday, September 22, the US Census Bureau released the latest results of the ongoing American Community Survey (ACS), the nation’s most comprehensive source of economic and demographic data. The ACS uses sampling to provide estimates of various economic and demographic indicators every year. The data released last week are 1-year estimates; they are based on sampling over the course of calendar year 2010 and cover geographic areas with 65,000 people or more. 5-year and 3-year estimates that cover smaller geographic areas like Maine’s towns and cities will be released later this fall.

US Census Bureau Releases 2010 Census Demographic Profile for Maine

The U.S. Census Bureau today released the 2010 Demographic Profile for Maine. Data include age and sex distributions, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationship and type, housing vacancy/occupancy, and housing tenure (whether the housing occupant owns or rents). State, county, and municipality data were all part of this release.

U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Maine's 2010 Census Population Totals for Legislative Redistricting

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File, detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics specific to Maine. These data provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census and will be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171.

2010 Census National and State Population Count

The first 2010 Census results are now available. The Census Bureau has fulfilled its Constitutional mandate by releasing the resident population for the nation and states, as well as congressional apportionment totals for each state.

December Census Bureau Releases

The 2010 Census is different from previous decennial censuses. Every household in the nation received the same 10-question form, but no households were asked about income, educational attainment, occupation, or commuting on Census Day. Such detailed information is now collected by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The Bureau will be publishing statistics from both of these major data source this December – the 2005-2009 ACS and the first results from the 2010 Census Decennial Count. The 2005-2009 ACS estimates should not be confused with the 2010 Census counts. The ACS measures the characteristics of our population such as our education, income, housing, and employment while the 2010 Census measures the size of our population.

2009 ACS Single-Year Data Released

The Census Bureau has released 2009 ACS single-year estimates on American FactFinder. Tables with social, demographic, housing, and economic data are provided for areas with populations of 65,000 or more.

First Release of Comprehensive Franchise Data

The U.S. Census Bureau reports franchise businesses accounted for 10.5 percent of businesses with paid employees in the 295 industries for which franchising data were collected in 2007. Of the 4.3 million total establishments surveyed, 453,326 were either franchisee or franchisor-owned businesses.

Census Bureau releases 2009 Consolidated Federal Funds Report

The Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) is a presentation of data on federal government expenditures or obligations in state, county, and sub-county areas of the United States, describing the distribution of federal funds by department and agency, and by state and county. A companion report, Federal Aid to States: 2009, shows federal grants to state and local governments. The annual percentage change (16.0 percent) is the largest since the Census Bureau began compiling these data in 1983. The increase is in part from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Entitlement programs Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security comprised 45.7 percent of all funding, or $1.5 trillion. Social Security alone accounted for $709.7 billion of that total.

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) 2007

The Census Bureau has released health insurance estimates by age and income level for the nation's population. Maine and Connecticut are tied for the 5th lowest rate (10.8% uninsured). Massachusetts has the best rate in the nation (7.8% uninsured). Vermont and Rhode Island are 9th and 10th, respectively (11.3% and 11.8% uninsured). New Hampshire shares the 11th rank with DC (11.9% uninsured). In Maine, the estimated rates of uninsured range from 8.7% in Androscoggin County to 17.8% in Hancock County with an estimated 119,750 people uninsured statewide.

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Spells of Unemployment, 2004-2007

The US Census Bureau released a report examining data from the 2004 Survey of Income and Program Participation on how often and how long US residents were unemployed between January 2004 and the official start of the recession in December 2007. The data are presented by a variety of demographic characteristics, including race, Hispanic origin, sex, age and educational attainment.

2014 Average Personal Income Growth Factor

With the passage of “LD 1” in 2005, towns and counties are required to calculate a property tax levy limit each year based on local property growth and statewide average personal income growth. Each town and county is responsible for calculating its property growth. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is responsible for calculating income growth. For the 2013 property tax year (the 2014 budget year for most towns), OPM has determined that figure to be 1.09%. Read the full release for more information and calculations.

Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, Apr. 2013

The Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission convened on March 26, 2013, to revise its November 2012 forecast.

Maine city and town population outlook to 2030

The Governor's Office of Policy and Management has released 2015-2030 population projections for cities and towns.

Maine state and county population outlook to 2030

The Governor's Office of Policy and Management has released 2015-2030 population projections for the state and counties.

Tax burden reduction (LD 1) report issued

The Office of Policy and Management released the 2012 edition of its annual report on progress made toward the tax burden reduction goal established by PL 2005, chapter 2 (also known as LD 1).

Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, Nov. 2012

The Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission convened on October 25, 2012, to revise its February 2012 forecast.

Business and industry leaders share data with economic forecasters

On October 25, 2012, leaders of several Maine business and industry associations assembled at the State House to share economic data and industry-specific information with the Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission (CEFC).

Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission background materials

The background materials for the October 25, 2012, Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission meeting are now available.

2013 Average Personal Income Growth Factor

With the passage of “LD 1” in 2005, towns and counties are required to calculate a property tax levy limit each year based on local property growth and statewide average personal income growth. Each town and county is responsible for calculating its property growth. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is responsible for calculating income growth. For the 2012 property tax year (the 2013 budget year for most towns), OPM has determined that figure to be 1.05%. Read the full release for more information and calculations.

Tax burden reduction (LD1) report issued

The State Planning Office released the 2011 edition of its annual report on progress made toward the tax burden reduction goal established by PL 2005, chapter 2 (also known as LD 1).