Maine by the Numbers:
Key Statistical Data and Facts

Key Details

  • Maine is the 9th least populated US state, with 1.4 million residents. 
  • 73.4% of homes in Maine are owner-occupied, while the median value for owner-occupied units is $212,000. 
  • Janet Mills became Maine's 75th governor in 2018 and was reelected in 2022. 
  • Maine has 929,017 active registered voters, with Democrats holding a majority of 345,422 registrations.  
  • The median household income in Maine is $64,767, and the mean household income is $87756. 
  • In 2020, Maine's overall crime rate dipped by 6% compared to the previous year. 

Maine Population Demographics

Located in New England, Maine is the 9th least populated US state. Per 2022 census estimates, Maine is home to approximately 1,385,340 residents. Between 2020 and 2022, the state's population is estimated to have grown by 1.7%. About 17.9% of residents are 18 years and younger, while 22.5% are 65 years and older. Females comprise 50.7% of the state, while males comprise 49.3%. Between 2017 and 2021, 3.6% of the residents were foreign-born.

Maine Housing

751,800 housing units
According to 2022 census estimates, Maine has a 73.4% ownership rate with approximately 751,800 housing units in the state.
Grouped by type of household, 260,283 of the homes were occupied by married-couple families.
Between 2017 and 2021, the median value for owner-occupied units was $212,000.
$1 million
Roughly 2% of houses had a value of $1 million or more, while 15% had a value of $99,999 or less.
Owners paid a median monthly cost that ranged from $530 (without a mortgage) to $1,471 with a mortgage. In comparison, the median gross rent was $927.

Maine Racial Demographics


The majority of residents in Maine are white. According to 2022 census estimates, whites alone comprised 92.2% of the state's population. Hispanics or Latinos made up 2.1%, while black or african americans made up 2%. Approximately 1.4% of residents were Asian, while 2.0% were from two or more races. In addition, American Indians and Alaskan natives accounted for 0.7%

  • White only
  • Black or African-American alone
  • Asian alone
Whites 92.2% 
Blacks or African Americans 2% 
Hispanics or Latinos 2.1% 
Asians 2% 
American Indians 0.7% 

Elections in Maine

Maine has a history of voting for candidates from different parties. However, as of 2022, the Pine Tree State has a Democratic trifecta that includes the Office of the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of the State. The Democratic party also controls the state's legislature. However, the  

In 2018, Janet Mills became the 75th governor of Maine and the state's first female governor. She won her reelection in 2022. Troy Dale Jackson (D) serves as the President of the State Senate, while Susan Collin (R) and Angus King (Independent) serve in the US Senate.  

2020 Presidential Election 

During the 2029 United States presidential election, Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, secured the popular vote in Maine, defeating his rival, Donald Trump, with 53.09% (or 435,072) of the cast votes. In comparison, Donald Trump won 44.02% of the voters (or 360,737). Biden won in eight counties, including Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and York.  

Joe Biden

53.09% of votes

Donald Trump

44.02% of votes

Maine Voting Statistics

How many voters registered in the state as Republicans, and how many Democrats? What was the voter turnout in the state during the last general elections?

General Election

According to the Secretary of State for Maine, as of 2022, Maine has 929,017 active registered voters. Democrats have a majority with 345,422 registrants, followed by Republicans with 280,150 registrations. Approximately 265,692 voters were unenrolled with any party, while 36,526 registered with green independents.  


How Educated is Maine

Per the 2021 community survey, 36% of residents in Maine have a Bachelor's degree or higher, slightly above the national average of 35%. Among residents 25 and older, 29.6% have a high school or equivalent degree, while 22.2% have a bachelor's degree. 13.8% have a graduate or professional degree.  

As of 2023, Maine had over twenty-nine accredited colleges and institutions. The University of Maine has the highest enrollment, with 12,500+ students, followed by the University of Southern Maine, with 7,500+ students. Other top universities include the University of New England, Husson University, and Unity College.  

Maine Employment Rate

As of May 2023, Maine had a 2.4% unemployment rate, down from the 3.1% recorded in December 2022. Out of a labor force of 677,800 workers, approximately 661,700 were employed, while 16,100 were unemployed. Education and Health services employed the most workers (128,200), followed by the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector (119,900). The Government sector employed 100,400 workers, while Professional and Business services employed 76,900 /.

Average Income in Maine

Maine has a median household income of $64,767 and a mean household income of $87.756, according to American Community Survey estimates for 2021. Married-couple households had a mean and median income of $93,712 and $119,450. In comparison, non-family families earned a median income of $38,243 and a mean income of $52,814. Grouped by household income percentages, 6.7% of households earned $200,000 or more, while 6.5% earned between $150,000 and $199,999. In comparison, 18.1% of households earned $24,000 or less, while 31.9% earned between $50,000 and $99,999.

Families in Maine

Maine Marriage Rates

7.3 per 1000 person

Maine has a marriage rate of 7.3 per 1,000 residents. According to 2021 census estimates, 51.6% of residents in Maine aged 15 years and over were married. Marriage residents included 53.3% of males and 50% of females aged 15 and older. In contrast, 28.6% of residents within the age group had never been married.

Among males, 7 out of every ten males aged 65 years and older were married, compared to 6 out of ten for men between the ages of 35 and 64. In comparison, five out of every ten females older than 65 were married, and six out of ten between 35 and 64. Less than one percent of residents between 15 and 19 were married.

Maine Divorce Rates

Maine has a divorce rate of 2.7 per 1,000, nearly 55% lower than the rate recorded in 1999. Per 2021 census estimates, approximately 13.2% of residents ages 15 and older are divorced, while 0.8 are separated.

When grouped by race, 13.2% of whites were divorced, compared to 12.2% of Hispanics, 10.3% of blacks, and 16.1% of American Indians.

Life Expectancy in Maine

The average life expectancy in Maine is 77.8 years as of 2020. Males have a life expectancy of 74.9 years, while females have a life expectancy of 80.7 years. In 2021, cancer was the leading cause of death in the state, resulting in 3,385 mortalities, followed by heart disease, with 3,357 mortalities. Other leading causes of death included Covid-19, accidents, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease.

Of the 12,006 births recorded in 2021, 37.2% were to unmarried mothers. The state had a 30.9 cesarean delivery rate and a 9.37 preterm birth rate. In addition, approximately eight of every 1000 females between 15 and 19 had a teenage birth.

Maine Crime Rates

In 2020, Maine's overall crime rate dipped by 6% per data, marking a 62.7% decline from a nine-year high. Accordion to data published by the Maine Department of Public Safety, violent crimes declined by 4.9% compared to the previous year. The state recorded 22 murders, 171 robbery incidents, and 790 incidences of aggravated assault.  

Property crimes also experienced a year-to-year dip, declining 6.2% overall. Although larceny-theft was the most recurring crime, with 12,820 reported incidents, the state recorded 6.5% fewer cases than the previous year. Reports of burglary also decreased by 13.7%. In contrast, reports of motor vehicle theft and arson increased by 18.4% and 23.4%, respectively.  

Maine Incarceration Rate

120 inmates per 100,000 resident
According to the National Institute of Correction, Maine had an incarceration rate of 120 inmates per 100,000 residents, lower than the national average.
5,966 residents
As of 2021, approximately 5,966 residents were on probation, while eighteen were on parole.
1,714 inmate
With 1,714 inmates in prison and seven state facilities.
Maine operated with a budget of $210,287,478.

Maine Bankruptcy Rate

534 bankruptcy cases

In 2022, Maine recorded 534 bankruptcy filings, most of which were Chapter 7 cases. Residents made 409 Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings, compared to sixteen Chapter 11 filings and 108 Chapter 13 cases. The number of filings recorded in 2022 marked a 20-year low. It was less than half the filings received in 2019 and almost 90% lower than the number registered in 2005 (6,614).

Maine also recorded 36 business bankruptcy cases, including fourteen Chapter 7s, fifteen Chapter 11, and six Chapter 13s. According to the American Banking Institute, the total number of filings in Maine received between 2000 and 2022 (relative to the population) was 39% below the national average.

Weird Laws in Maine

The Pine Street state is known for many things, including its scenic coastline and northeastern charm. And just like most states in the U.S., Maine has its share of laws that many find odd. Some of the weird laws in Maine include the following:

  • Skating or riding a bicycle on a public sidewalk within Biddeford, Maine, will result in a fine.
  • In South Berwick, parking in front of Dunkin Donuts is illegal.
  • Feeding or baiting deer is illegal in Wells, York County
  • In Wells, Maine, posting signs or advertising within a cemetery is unlawful.

Cities in Maine

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Cities in Maine