Portland, ME

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2020 Population
66,706
0.167% 1-year growth
US Senator
Susan Collins
Republican Party
US Senator
Angus King
Independent Party
2020 Median Age
36.5
0.815% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
13.9%
4.95% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$61,695
2.03% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$302,700
4.74% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
39,215
1.6% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Portland, ME had a population of 66.7k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $61,695. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Portland, ME grew from 66,595 to 66,706, a 0.167% increase and its median household income grew from $60,467 to $61,695, a 2.03% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portland, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.85%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.74%), and White (Hispanic) (1.84%).

None of the households in Portland, ME reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.3% of the residents in Portland, ME are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Portland, ME are University of Southern Maine (1,770 degrees awarded in 2020), Maine College of Art (152 degrees), and Empire Beauty School-Maine (60 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Portland, ME was $302,700, and the homeownership rate was 45.2%. Most people in Portland, ME drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Portland, ME was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Portland, ME is home to a population of 66.7k people, from which 94.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 11% of Portland, ME residents were born outside of the country (7.35k people).

In 2020, there were 9.62 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (54.6k people) in Portland, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.67k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.57k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Portland, ME
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    54.6k ± 764
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.67k ± 644
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.57k ± 474
2.75%
Hispanic Population
1.83k people

In 2020, there were 9.62 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (54.6k people) in Portland, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.67k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.57k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.75% of the people in Portland, ME are hispanic (1.83k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
7.35k people
11.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
7.41k people

As of 2020, 11% of Portland, ME residents (7.35k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portland, ME was 11.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

36
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.9
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.7

In 2020, the median age of all people in Portland, ME was 36.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Portland, ME are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all Portland, ME residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    9,473 ± 2,381 people
  2. Philippines
    2,837 ± 1,306 people
  3. Germany
    2,823 ± 1,303 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 9,473 Maine residents, followed by Philippines with 2,837 and Germany with 2,823.

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Citizenship

94.3%
2020 Citizenship
94.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.3% of Portland, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Portland, ME was 94.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    905 ± 193
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    529 ± 175
  3. Korea
    359 ± 183

Portland, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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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.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Maine across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Portland, ME is $61,695. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Portland, ME was Census Tract 21.01 with a value of $100,055, followed by Census Tract 24 and Census Tract 19, with respective values of $82,411 and $79,150.

Males in Maine have an average income that is 1.24 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,223. The income inequality in Maine (measured using the Gini index) is 0.434, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Portland, ME employs 39.2k people. The largest industries in Portland, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,713 people), Educational Services (4,435 people), and Retail Trade (4,332 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($115,667), Utilities ($86,136), and Wholesale Trade ($61,053).

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,695
2020 value
± $2,541
2.03%
1 Year Growth
± 5.42%

Households in Portland, ME have a median annual income of $61,695, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $60,467 in 2019, which represents a 2.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$62,031
Average Male Salary in Maine
± $2,650
$50,223
Average Female Salary in Maine
± $2,206

In 2020, full-time male employees in Maine made 1.24 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $50,179 ± $15,705
  2. White
    $48,440 ± $1,571
  3. Other
    $44,658 ± $29,377

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Maine workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Maine.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Maine by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portland, ME is from Maine.
0.434
2020 Wage GINI in Maine
0.439
2019 Wage GINI in Maine

In 2020, the income inequality in Maine was 0.434 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.2% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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.

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 21.01
  2. Census Tract 24
  3. Census Tract 19

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portland, ME was Census Tract 21.01 with a value of $100,055, followed by Census Tract 24 and Census Tract 19, with respective values of $82,411 and $79,150.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portland, ME (9.08k out of 65.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 18 - 24.

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
    5,632 ± 595
  2. Black
    2,191 ± 360
  3. Two Or More
    635 ± 211

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Portland, ME is White, followed by Black 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

39.2k
2020 Value
± 1,423
−1.6%
1 Year decline
± 5.01%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Portland, ME declined at a rate of −1.6%, from 39.9k employees to 39.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portland, ME, are Management Occupations (4,738 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,011 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,798 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portland, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Portland, ME, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (4,738 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,011 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,798 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Portland, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (2.16 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.86 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.6 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Portland, ME, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($74,167), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,777), and Management Occupations ($63,919).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

39.2k
2020 Value
± 1,423
−1.6%
1 Year decline
± 5.01%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Portland, ME declined at a rate of −1.6%, from 39.9k employees to 39.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portland, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,713 people), Educational Services (4,435 people), and Retail Trade (4,332 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Portland, ME, though some of these residents may live in Portland, 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 Portland, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,713 people), Educational Services (4,435 people), and Retail Trade (4,332 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Portland, ME has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.44 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.43 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Portland, ME, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($115,667), Utilities ($86,136), and Wholesale Trade ($61,053).

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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. $5.2B
  2. $3.72B
  3. $3.13B

In 2020, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $5.2B, followed by Gasoline ($3.72B) and Fuel oils ($3.13B).

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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$51.4B
2020 Value in Maine
$92.1B
Projected 2050 Value in Maine
79% growth

In 2020, total outbound Maine trade was $51.4B. This is expected to increase 79% to $92.1B by 2050.

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. $5.09B
  2. $4.73B
  3. $2.51B

In 2020, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $5.09B, followed by New Hampshire with $4.73B and New York and $2.51B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Maine went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 52.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (43.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.71%). The most partisan county was Cumberland County, ME with 65.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Maine
52.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Maine
  1. 65.7% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 61.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 59.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Maine was Cumberland County, ME with 65.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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 2020, universities in Portland, ME awarded 1,988 degrees. The student population of Portland, ME is skewed towards women, with 3,114 male students and 5,589 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Portland, ME are White (1,620 and 82.4%), followed by Unknown (88 and 4.47%), Black or African American (87 and 4.42%), and Two or More Races (60 and 3.05%).

The largest universities in Portland, ME by number of degrees awarded are University of Southern Maine (1,770 and 89%), Maine College of Art (152 and 7.65%), and Empire Beauty School-Maine (60 and 3.02%).

The most popular majors in Portland, ME are Registered Nursing (147 and 7.39%), General Business Administration & Management (117 and 5.89%), and Law (77 and 3.87%).

The median tuition costs in Portland, ME are $37,580 for private four year colleges, and $8,064 and $21,532 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 70 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 147 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 96 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Portland, ME was Other Social Sciences with 70 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,770 degrees awarded
  2. 152 degrees awarded
  3. 60 degrees awarded
$8,064
Median In-State Public
$37,580
Median Private

In 2020, the Portland, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Southern Maine with 1,770 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

685
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,303
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 685 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Portland, ME, which is 0.526 times less than the 1,303 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Portland, ME by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,620 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    88 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    87 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Portland, ME was White students. These 1,620 degrees mean that there were 18.4 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 88 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portland, ME was $302,700 in 2020, which is 1.32 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $289,000 to $302,700, a 4.74% increase. The homeownership rate in Portland, ME is 45.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Portland, ME have an average commute time of 19.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Portland, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$302,700
2020 Median
± $12,101
$289,000
2019 Median
± $7,746

In 2020, the median property value in Portland, ME grew to to $302,700 from the previous year's value of $289,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Portland, 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 Portland, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$61,695
Median Household Income
± $2,541
30.8k
Number of Households
± 1,310

In 2020, the median household income of the 30.8k households in Portland, ME grew to $61,695 from the previous year's value of $60,467.

The following chart displays the households in Portland, 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

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Portland, ME distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portland, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

45.2%
2020 Homeownership
45.1%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 45.2% of the housing units in Portland, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 45.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Portland, ME compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portland, ME have a shorter commute time (19.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.23% of the workforce in Portland, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (62.3%)
  2. Walked (12.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (11.1%)

In 2020, 62.3% of workers in Portland, ME drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (12.4%) and those who worked at home (11.1%).

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

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Health

93.1% of the population of Portland, ME has health coverage, with 53.4% on employee plans, 14.9% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 0.972% 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 Cumberland County, ME see 597 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.831% decrease from the previous year (602 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 964 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 137 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

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597 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Cumberland County, ME

Primary care physicians in Cumberland County, ME see an average of 597 patients per year. This represents a 0.831% decrease from the previous year (602 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cumberland 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

6.87%
Uninsured
53.4%
Employer Coverage
14.9%
Medicaid
10.8%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
0.972%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portland, ME grew by 0.35% from 6.85% to 6.87%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Portland, 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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