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Children ages 0 to 8 by single years in Maine

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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 2020, Maine had 102 more children ages 0 -8 than the prior year. However, comparing 2020 to 216, there were 2,609 fewer children ages 0 -8. The county with the largest population of young children ages 0 -8 in 2020 was Cumberland County with 25,939; next was York with 17,793. In terms of population change between 2016 and 2020, only two counties had an increase in young child population. These were Lincoln,(+106),  Piscataquis (+182). Knox, Franklin and Hancock all lost over 5% of the population of this age group. Comparing the number of babies under age 1 with the number of children age 8, every county except Piscataquis had more 8-year-olds than infants under age 1. For the state as a whole, there were 1,183 more 8 year-olds than infants under age 1.
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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.


Updated January 2022.

Last Updated

January 2022