Piscataquis County, ME

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Population

16,960

0.493% decline

Median Age

50.7


Median Household Income

$38,797

5.03% growth

Poverty Rate

18.7%


Number of Employees

6,545

1.74% decline

Median Property Value

$116,100

8.71% growth

About

In 2017, Piscataquis County, ME had a population of 17k people with a median age of 50.7 and a median household income of $38,797. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Piscataquis County, ME declined from 17,044 to 16,960, a -0.493% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,938 to $38,797, a 5.03% increase.

The population of Piscataquis County, ME is 95.4% White Alone, 1.43% Two or More Races, and 1.36% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Piscataquis County, ME speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Piscataquis County, ME is $116,100, and the homeownership rate is 76.2%. Most people in Piscataquis County, ME commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Piscataquis County, ME is 2 cars per household.

Piscataquis County, ME borders Aroostook County, ME, Penobscot County, ME, and Somerset County, ME.

About the photo: Sunset at Moosehead Lake near Harfords Point, ME

Economy

The economy of Piscataquis County, ME employs 6.55k people. The largest industries in Piscataquis County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,248 people), Manufacturing (1,144 people), and Retail Trade (763 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($49,091), Finance & Insurance ($48,542), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,935).

Median household income in Piscataquis County, ME is $38,797. Males in Piscataquis County, ME have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,792. The income inequality in Piscataquis County, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,797

2017 value

± $2,314

5.03%

1 Year Growth

± 7.3%

Households in Piscataquis County, ME have a median annual income of $38,797, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $36,938 in 2016, which represents a 5.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,075

Average Male Salary

± $2,642

$44,792

Average Female Salary

± $1,926

In 2017, full-time male employees in Maine made 1.3 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

  1. Asian

    $48,746 ± $19,436

  2. White

    $43,832 ± $1,466

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $41,588 ± $101,474

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Maine workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Piscataquis County, ME is from Maine.

0.447

2017 Wage GINI

0.45

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Maine was 0.447 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.62% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Maine was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maine in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Maine across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9603.02

  2. Census Tract 9604

  3. Census Tract 9603.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Piscataquis County, ME was Census Tract 9603.02 with a value of $53,750, followed by Census Tract 9604 and Census Tract 9603.01, with respective values of $45,000 and $44,000.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Piscataquis County, ME (3.11k out of 16.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 45 - 54.

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

    3,012 ± 250

  2. Hispanic

    78 ± 79

  3. Two Or More

    55 ± 78

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Piscataquis County, ME is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

6.55k

2017 Value

± 376

-1.74%

1 Year decline

± 8.35%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Piscataquis County, ME declined at a rate of -1.74%, from 6.66k employees to 6.55k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Piscataquis County, ME, are Production Occupations (774 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (611 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (547 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Piscataquis County, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Piscataquis County, ME, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (774 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (611 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (547 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Piscataquis County, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.51 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.04 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.63 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Piscataquis County, ME, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,663), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($58,295), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($57,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.55k

2017 Value

± 376

-1.74%

1 Year decline

± 8.35%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Piscataquis County, ME declined at a rate of -1.74%, from 6.66k employees to 6.55k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Piscataquis County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,248 people), Manufacturing (1,144 people), and Retail Trade (763 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Piscataquis County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Piscataquis 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 Piscataquis County, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,248 people), Manufacturing (1,144 people), and Retail Trade (763 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Piscataquis County, ME has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.73 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.73 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Piscataquis County, ME, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($49,091), Finance & Insurance ($48,542), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,935).

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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. $8.58B

  2. $3.57B

  3. $3.34B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $8.58B, followed by Fuel oils ($3.57B) and Machinery ($3.34B).

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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$45.4B

2020 Value

$56.8B

Projected 2045 Value

25.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Maine trade was $45.4B. This is expected to increase 25.2% to $56.8B 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. $3.76B

  2. $3.36B

  3. $2.86B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $3.76B, followed by New Hampshire with $3.36B and New York and $2.86B.

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

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Health

87.7% of the population of Piscataquis County, ME has health coverage, with 32.9% on employee plans, 22.6% on Medicaid, 15.2% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 3.95% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Piscataquis County, ME see 1129 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.11% increase from the previous year (1064 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3369 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 495 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.6%). Additionally, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,129 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Piscataquis County, ME see an average of 1,129 patients per year. This represents a 6.11% increase from the previous year (1,064 patients).

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

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,531

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

12.3%

Uninsured

32.9%

Employer Coverage

22.6%

Medicaid

15.2%

Medicare

13.1%

Non-Group

3.95%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Piscataquis County, ME declined by 3.94% from 12.8% to 12.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Piscataquis 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. 12.6% prevalence

  2. 12.3% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maine, at 12.6%.

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

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Diversity

Piscataquis County, ME is home to a population of 17k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.88% of Piscataquis County, ME residents were born outside of the country (319 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Piscataquis County, ME is composed of 16.2k White Alone residents (95.4%), 242 Two or More Races residents (1.43%), 230 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.36%), 112 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.66%), 109 Asian Alone residents (0.643%), 65 Black or African American Alone residents (0.383%), 24 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.142%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

51

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

56

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 16.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Piscataquis County, ME was 50.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 51, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 56. But people in Piscataquis County, ME are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Piscataquis County, ME residents was 50.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.88%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

319 people

1.71%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

292 people

As of 2017, 1.88% of Piscataquis County, ME residents (319 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Piscataquis County, ME was 1.71%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    9,674 ± 2,406 people

  2. Philippines

    2,503 ± 1,227 people

  3. China

    2,372 ± 1,195 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 9,674 Maine residents, followed by Philippines with 2,503 and China with 2,372.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Piscataquis County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Piscataquis County, ME was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.2k ± 22

  2. Two or More Races

    242 ± 89.6

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    230 ± 73.7

In 2017, there were 66.9 times more White Alone residents (16.2k people) in Piscataquis County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 242 Two or More Races and 230 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    854 ± 114

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    206 ± 70

  3. Korea

    193 ± 52

Piscataquis County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.15 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Piscataquis County, ME was $116,100 in 2017, which is 0.505 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $106,800 to $116,100, a 8.71% increase. The homeownership rate in Piscataquis County, ME is 76.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Piscataquis County, ME have an average commute time of 23.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Piscataquis County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$116,100

2017 Median

± $6,537

$106,800

2016 Median

± $6,813

In 2017, the median property value in Piscataquis County, ME grew to to $116,100 from the previous year's value of $106,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Piscataquis 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 Piscataquis County, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$38,797

Median Household Income

± $2,314

7.48k

Number of Households

± 368

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.48k households in Piscataquis County, ME grew to $38,797 from the previous year's value of $36,938.

The following chart displays the households in Piscataquis 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

76.2%

2017 Homeownership

74.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.2% of the housing units in Piscataquis County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Piscataquis County, ME compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Piscataquis County, ME have a shorter commute time (23.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 5.03% of the workforce in Piscataquis County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80%

  2. Carpooled

    8.87%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.04%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Piscataquis County, ME was Drove Alone (80%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.87%) and those who Worked At Home (6.04%).

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 Piscataquis County, ME distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Piscataquis County, ME have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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