Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
Children ages 5 years and younger
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Why This Indicator Matters
What the data shows
The number of young children continues to decline. Overall, between 2012 and 2022 the number of children ages 0-5 declined from 81,258 to 75,463 or by 5,795 children or 7.7%. In these 10 years, eight counties have had declines over 10% in the number of children ages 0 - 5. These counties are Androscoggin, Franklin, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo. Only Piscataquis has had an increase in the number of children ages birth through 5.
As of 2022, Cumberland had 22.8% of the children ages 5 & younger in Maine and York County had 15.4%. Penobscot had 10.7%, Androscoggin 9,6% and Kennebec 9.4% of the children 5 & under population respectively. Two thirds of Maine young children lived in one of these 5 counties.
Definition and Source
Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics provides a table with the number of children age 0, age 1, age 2, etc.
For this indicator, the numbers for each age from ages 0 to age 5 are added together, so this data is the estimate of children who are up to 5 years and 364 days.
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