Somerset County, ME

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2020 Population
50,573
0.105% 1-year growth
US Senator
Susan Collins
Republican Party
US Senator
Angus King
Independent Party
2020 Median Age
46.9
1.08% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
19.5%
4.12% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$45,382
2.54% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$122,400
5.79% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
22,318
1.73% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Somerset County, ME had a population of 50.6k people with a median age of 46.9 and a median household income of $45,382. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Somerset County, ME grew from 50,520 to 50,573, a 0.105% increase and its median household income grew from $44,256 to $45,382, a 2.54% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Somerset County, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (95.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.81%), White (Hispanic) (0.773%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.601%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.579%).

None of the households in Somerset County, 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.

99.2% of the residents in Somerset County, ME are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Somerset County, ME are Kennebec Valley Community College (494 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Somerset County, ME was $122,400, and the homeownership rate was 76.5%.

Most people in Somerset County, ME drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Somerset County, ME was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Skowhegan, the county seat of Somerset County, Maine,

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Somerset County, ME is home to a population of 50.6k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2018, 1.65% of Somerset County, ME residents were born outside of the country (835 people).

In 2020, there were 52.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (48.3k people) in Somerset County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 916 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 391 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.2%
2020 Citizenship
99.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.2% of Somerset County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Somerset County, ME was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Somerset County, ME
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    48.3k ± 62
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    916 ± 136
  3. White (Hispanic)
    391 ± 92
1.13%
Hispanic Population
572 people

In 2020, there were 52.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (48.3k people) in Somerset County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 916 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 391 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.13% of the people in Somerset County, ME are hispanic (572 people).

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

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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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Foreign-Born Population

1.65%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
835 people
1.81%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
923 people

As of 2018, 1.65% of Somerset County, ME residents (835 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Somerset County, ME was 1.81%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,630 ± 202
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    979 ± 279
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    547 ± 179

Somerset County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Somerset County, ME employs 22.3k people. The largest industries in Somerset County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,674 people), Retail Trade (3,391 people), and Manufacturing (2,547 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,482), Information ($48,510), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,327).

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.

Occupations

22.3k
2020 Value
± 1,050
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 6.22%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Somerset County, ME grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 21.9k employees to 22.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Somerset County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,008 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,210 people), and Production Occupations (2,186 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Somerset County, ME.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

22.3k
2020 Value
± 1,050
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 6.22%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Somerset County, ME grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 21.9k employees to 22.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Somerset County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,674 people), Retail Trade (3,391 people), and Manufacturing (2,547 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Somerset County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Somerset County, ME and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,925
Median earning men ± $2,624
$25,474
Median earning women ± $1,372

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($56,550), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,395), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($49,111).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($36,281), Manufacturing ($32,583), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($32,419).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 375
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 257
    Retail Trade
  3. 252
    Manufacturing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $509k
    Manufacturing
  2. $186k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $63.4k
    Retail Trade

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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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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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Somerset County, ME went to Donald J. Trump with 59.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (36.6%), followed by Other (2.02%).

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.

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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In 2020, universities in Somerset County, ME awarded 494 degrees. The student population of Somerset County, ME in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 772 male students and 1,525 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Somerset County, ME are White (452 and 91.9%), followed by Unknown (14 and 2.85%), Hispanic or Latino (8 and 1.63%), and Black or African American (5 and 1.02%).

The largest universities in Somerset County, ME by number of degrees awarded are Kennebec Valley Community College (494 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Somerset County, ME are General Health Services (45 and 9.11%), Registered Nursing (38 and 7.69%), and Medical Assistant (36 and 7.29%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 2,297 students enrolled in Somerset County, ME, 33.6% men and 66.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,927 records, of which 67.9% were women and 32.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 38 degree-majors awarded
  2. 35 degree-majors awarded
  3. 26 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Somerset County, ME was Registered Nursing with 38 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
494 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kennebec Valley Community College with 494 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 192 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Somerset County, ME, which is 0.636 times less than the 302 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 452 degrees mean that there were 32.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 14 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,880) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,002) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.38% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.412% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (348k), Some college (231k), and Bachelors Degree (211k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Somerset County, ME was $122,400 in 2020, which is 0.533 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $115,700 to $122,400, a 5.79% increase. The homeownership rate in Somerset County, ME is 76.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Somerset County, ME have an average commute time of 27.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Somerset County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Somerset County, ME is $45,382. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Somerset County, ME was Census Tract 9670 with a value of $59,475, followed by Census Tract 9661 and Census Tract 9653.01, with respective values of $52,411 and $49,075.

In 2021, 15.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Somerset County, ME. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.138%.

Property

$122,400
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,817
$16,564
Median Property Taxes
±$807

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Somerset County, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Somerset County, ME compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

76.5%
Homeownership
2020
61.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 76.5% of the housing units in Somerset County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9670
  2. Census Tract 9661
  3. Census Tract 9653.01

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Somerset County, ME was Census Tract 9670 with a value of $59,475, followed by Census Tract 9661 and Census Tract 9653.01, with respective values of $52,411 and $49,075.

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

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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.
$45,382
Median Household Income
± $2,694
21.6k
Number of Households
± 1,009

In 2020, the median household income of the 21.6k households in Somerset County, ME grew to $45,382 from the previous year's value of $44,256.

The following chart displays the households in Somerset 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Somerset County, 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.3%)
  2. Carpooled (9.95%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.79%)

In 2020, 79.3% of workers in Somerset County, ME drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.95%) and those who worked at home (7.79%).

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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Commute Time

27.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Somerset County, ME have a longer commute time (27.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 4.28% of the workforce in Somerset County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 15.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Somerset County, ME. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.138%.

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Poverty & Diversity

19.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Somerset County, ME (9.71k out of 49.8k 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 Females 55 - 64 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

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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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 22.6% of the children was living in poverty in Somerset County, ME. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 3.2%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 136 in Somerset County, ME. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 37.6 per 100,000 population.

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90.7% of the population of Somerset County, ME has health coverage, with 37.1% on employee plans, 24.9% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.91% 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 Somerset County, ME see 1807 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.7% increase from the previous year (1633 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5609 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 574 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,807 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Somerset County, ME

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, ME see an average of 1,807 patients per year. This represents a 10.7% increase from the previous year (1,633 patients).

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

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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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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.2% under 18 years, 16.3% between 18 and 34 years, 42.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 21% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

9.27%
Uninsured
37.1%
Employer Coverage
24.9%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
12.9%
Non-Group
2.91%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Somerset County, ME declined by 1.08% from 9.37% to 9.27%.

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

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 56.9 in Somerset County, ME.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33.7% in Somerset County, ME.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.7% in Somerset County, ME.

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