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Births in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Due to deaths due directly or indirectly to Covid-19, Maine was one of twenty-five states where deaths outnumbered births in the period July 2020- June 2021. This is up from just 4 states, including Maine, in 2019.
See US Census Deaths OUtnumbered Births in 25 in 2021
For Maine, in-migration from people from other states has offset this loss in population. And 2021 saw an increase in the number of births in Maine.

What the data shows
Between 2020 and 2021, the number of births in Maine increased by 467 compared to a decrease 233 from 2019 to 2020. 

Comparing 2020 to 2021 by county, just three counties had fewer births than the year before- Oxford (-52), Hancock (-41) and Somerset (-10). By contrast York had 124 births than the year before and Cumberland had 120 more births.
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Definition and Source



This data shows the number of live births per calendar year by mother's resident county. Births are still provisional for 2022.

Data Source

Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics, Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Maine Births


The births for 2022 are provisional and may change slightly. There was 1 birth in an unknown county in 2022, included in the total for Maine but not assigned to any county. For 2022, small adjustments have been made to the final counts compared to the preliminary count.

Uploaded February 2023.

Last Updated

February 2023