Aroostook County, ME

County

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2019 Population
67,809
0.674% 1-year decline
US Senator
Susan Collins
Republican Party
US Senator
Angus King
Independent Party
2019 Median Age
48
0.84% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
16.1%
6.29% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$41,123
3.26% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$99,600
1.63% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
29,593
0.511% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Aroostook County, ME had a population of 67.8k people with a median age of 48 and a median household income of $41,123. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Aroostook County, ME declined from 68,269 to 67,809, a −0.674% decrease and its median household income grew from $39,824 to $41,123, a 3.26% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Aroostook County, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.1%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.86%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.38%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.939%), and White (Hispanic) (0.808%). 0% of the households in Aroostook County, ME speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 98.6% of the residents in Aroostook County, ME are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Aroostook County, ME are University of Maine at Fort Kent (257 degrees awarded in 2019), Northern Maine Community College (192 degrees), and University of Maine at Presque Isle (179 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Aroostook County, ME was $99,600, and the homeownership rate was 72%. Most people in Aroostook County, ME drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Aroostook County, ME was 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Maine, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Maine (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Maine. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Maine.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Aroostook County, ME is home to a population of 67.8k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2019, 5.31% of Aroostook County, ME residents were born outside of the country (3.6k people).

In 2019, there were 50.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (63.8k people) in Aroostook County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.26k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 935 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Aroostook County, ME
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    63.8k ± 2
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.26k ± 103
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    935 ± 151
1.23%
Hispanic Population
834 people

In 2019, there were 50.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (63.8k people) in Aroostook County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.26k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 935 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.23% of the people in Aroostook County, ME are hispanic (834 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Aroostook County, ME as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.31%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
3.6k people
4.4%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
3.01k people

As of 2019, 5.31% of Aroostook County, ME residents (3.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Aroostook County, ME was 4.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

47
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
61
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2

In 2019, the median age of all people in Aroostook County, ME was 48. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 47, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 61. But people in Aroostook County, ME are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Aroostook County, ME residents was 48.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    9,379 ± 2,369 people
  2. Philippines
    3,069 ± 1,359 people
  3. Germany
    2,577 ± 1,245 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 9,379 Maine residents, followed by Philippines with 3,069 and Germany with 2,577.

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Citizenship

98.6%
2019 Citizenship
98.4%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.6% of Aroostook County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Aroostook County, ME was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,269 ± 209
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    803 ± 160
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    747 ± 136

Aroostook County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Aroostook County, ME is $41,123. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Aroostook County, ME was Census Tract 9511 with a value of $56,579, followed by Census Tract 9519 and Census Tract 9506, with respective values of $50,250 and $49,693.

Males in Maine have an average income that is 1.25 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,698. The income inequality in Maine (measured using the Gini index) is 0.439, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Aroostook County, ME employs 29.6k people. The largest industries in Aroostook County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,918 people), Retail Trade (3,676 people), and Manufacturing (3,050 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($57,604), Public Administration ($46,504), and Wholesale Trade ($44,448).

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,123
2019 value
± $1,381
3.26%
1 Year Growth
± 4.39%

Households in Aroostook County, ME have a median annual income of $41,123, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $39,824 in 2018, which represents a 3.26% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,757
Average Male Salary in Maine
± $2,655
$48,698
Average Female Salary in Maine
± $2,118

In 2019, full-time male employees in Maine made 1.25 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Maine by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Maine
  1. Asian
    $52,638 ± $17,823
  2. White
    $47,033 ± $1,536
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $36,945 ± $33,395

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Maine workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Maine.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Aroostook County, ME is from Maine.
0.439
2019 Wage GINI in Maine
0.442
2018 Wage GINI in Maine

In 2019, the income inequality in Maine was 0.439 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.718% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Maine was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maine in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9511
  2. Census Tract 9519
  3. Census Tract 9506

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Aroostook County, ME was Census Tract 9511 with a value of $56,579, followed by Census Tract 9519 and Census Tract 9506, with respective values of $50,250 and $49,693.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Aroostook County, ME colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Aroostook County, ME (10.5k out of 65.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    9,477 ± 517
  2. Native American
    505 ± 87
  3. Black
    242 ± 174

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Aroostook County, ME is White, followed by Native American and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

29.6k
2019 Value
± 888
−0.511%
1 Year decline
± 4.22%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Aroostook County, ME declined at a rate of −0.511%, from 29.7k employees to 29.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Aroostook County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,503 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,862 people), and Management Occupations (2,170 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Aroostook County, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Aroostook County, ME, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,503 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,862 people), and Management Occupations (2,170 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Aroostook County, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.9 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.65 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Aroostook County, ME, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($75,410), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($64,775), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,333).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

29.6k
2019 Value
± 888
−0.511%
1 Year decline
± 4.22%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Aroostook County, ME declined at a rate of −0.511%, from 29.7k employees to 29.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Aroostook County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,918 people), Retail Trade (3,676 people), and Manufacturing (3,050 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Aroostook County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Aroostook County, ME and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Aroostook County, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,918 people), Retail Trade (3,676 people), and Manufacturing (3,050 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Aroostook County, ME has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.93 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.44 times), and Public Administration (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Aroostook County, ME, by median earnings, are Utilities ($57,604), Public Administration ($46,504), and Wholesale Trade ($44,448).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $8.2B
  2. $5.03B
  3. $4.23B

In 2018, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $8.2B, followed by Gasoline ($5.03B) and Newsprint/paper ($4.23B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Maine products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$56.2B
2018 Value in Maine
$103B
Projected 2045 Value in Maine
83.9% growth

In 2018, total outbound Maine trade was $56.2B. This is expected to increase 83.9% to $103B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Maine trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $5.75B
  2. $5.7B
  3. $3.33B

In 2018, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Hampshire with $5.75B, followed by Massachusetts with $5.7B and New York and $3.33B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Maine shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Aroostook County, ME went to Donald J. Trump with 55.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (38.1%), followed by Other (6.53%). The most partisan county was Cumberland County, ME with 59.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Susan Collins and Angus King are the senators currently representing the state of Maine. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Maine is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Aroostook County, ME
55.3% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Maine
  1. 59.9% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 58.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 57.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Maine was Cumberland County, ME with 59.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Maine colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Maine

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Susan Collins
Senator from Maine2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Angus King
Senator from Maine1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Susan Collins and Angus King are the senators currently representing Maine.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Maine over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Maine

Maine is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Maine have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Aroostook County, ME awarded 628 degrees. The student population of Aroostook County, ME is skewed towards women, with 1,382 male students and 2,481 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Aroostook County, ME are White (522 and 88.3%), followed by Black or African American (19 and 3.21%), Hispanic or Latino (13 and 2.2%), and Unknown (13 and 2.2%).

The largest universities in Aroostook County, ME by number of degrees awarded are University of Maine at Fort Kent (257 and 40.9%), Northern Maine Community College (192 and 30.6%), and University of Maine at Presque Isle (179 and 28.5%).

The most popular majors in Aroostook County, ME are Nursing School (178 and 28.3%), General Business (65 and 10.4%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (62 and 9.87%).

The median tuition costs in Aroostook County, ME are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,170 and $11,460 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 178 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 65 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 25 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Aroostook County, ME was Nursing School with 178 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Aroostook County, ME according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 257 degrees awarded
  2. 192 degrees awarded
  3. 179 degrees awarded
$7,170
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Aroostook County, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Maine at Fort Kent with 257 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

232
Degrees Awarded to Men
396
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 232 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Aroostook County, ME, which is 0.586 times less than the 396 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Aroostook County, ME by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    522 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    19 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    13 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Aroostook County, ME was White students. These 522 degrees mean that there were 27.5 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 19 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Aroostook County, ME was $99,600 in 2019, which is 0.414 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $98,000 to $99,600, a 1.63% increase. The homeownership rate in Aroostook County, ME is 72%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Aroostook County, ME have an average commute time of 17.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Aroostook County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$99,600
2019 Median
± $2,308
$98,000
2018 Median
± $2,445

In 2019, the median property value in Aroostook County, ME grew to to $99,600 from the previous year's value of $98,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Aroostook County, ME compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Aroostook County, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$41,123
Median Household Income
± $1,381
29.5k
Number of Households
± 865

In 2019, the median household income of the 29.5k households in Aroostook County, ME grew to $41,123 from the previous year's value of $39,824.

The following chart displays the households in Aroostook County, ME distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Aroostook County, ME distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Aroostook County, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

72%
2019 Homeownership
71.7%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 72% of the housing units in Aroostook County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Aroostook County, ME compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

17.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Aroostook County, ME have a shorter commute time (17.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.47% of the workforce in Aroostook County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (80.3%)
  2. Carpooled (9.54%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.28%)

In 2019, 80.3% of workers in Aroostook County, ME drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.54%) and those who worked at home (4.28%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Aroostook County, ME distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Aroostook County, ME have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

91.6% of the population of Aroostook County, ME has health coverage, with 37.8% on employee plans, 22.6% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 3.22% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Maine was $9,531 in 2014. This is a 4.36% increase from the previous year ($9,133).

Primary care physicians in Aroostook County, ME see 907 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.51% decrease from the previous year (940 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1676 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 177 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15%). Additionally, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

907 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Aroostook County, ME

Primary care physicians in Aroostook County, ME see an average of 907 patients per year. This represents a 3.51% decrease from the previous year (940 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Aroostook County, ME in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,531
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Maine
$5,015
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,504
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,325
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Maine (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.36%, from $9,133 to $9,531.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.45%
Uninsured
37.8%
Employer Coverage
22.6%
Medicaid
13.3%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
3.22%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Aroostook County, ME declined by 6.05% from 8.99% to 8.45%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Aroostook County, ME changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 15% prevalence
  2. 13.1% prevalence
  3. 12.3% prevalence

Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maine, at 15%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Maine by county over multiple years.

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