Change Indicator

Children ages birth to 8 by single years in Maine

Children ages birth to 8 by single years

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

Data is needed to determine the number of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young elementary school  students who need child care. 

In 2021, there were 803 more children ages 0-8 in Maine than in 2022. Furthermore, in 2017, five years earlier, there were 2,594 more children ages 0-8. The county with the largest population of young children ages 0-8 in 2022 was Cumberland County with 26,143; next was York with 17,841. In terms of population change between 2017 and 2022, four counties had an increase in young child population. These were Lincoln (+172), Piscataquis (+224), Cumberland (+51) and Aroostook (+15). Eight counties lost over 5% of the population of this age group. This included: Androscoggin, (-6%), Franklin (-6%), Hancock (-5%), Knox (-7%), Penobscot (-5%), Sagadahoc (-5%), Waldo (-6%), and Washington (-6%).  Comparing the number of babies under age 1 with the number of children age 8, in 2022, every county  had more 8-year-olds than infants under age 1. For the state as a whole, there were 1,995 more 8-year-olds than infants under age 1, so it is expected that school enrollments will continue to decline.
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Definition and Source



Maine Office of Vital Statistics compiles population estimates by single ages at the town and county level. Kids Count shows the estimated number of children of each age--0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8 years old by county.(Age zero means under 12 months of age.)

Data Source

Maine Office of Vital Statistics, Population Estimates sent to Maine Children's Alliance.


In the table, zero represents an infant aged from 1 day old to 364 days old.

Last Updated

September 2023