Maine and the nation are getting older. But Maine is aging at a faster rate.
Between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, the state saw the largest jump in median age among all states, increasing from 43.9 to 44.2 over that time, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
As many have pointed out, an aging population has both political and economic implications — like an aging workforce, and a shrinking tax base.
But it’s unfair to paint the whole state as the same. Parts of Maine are aging faster than others.
Lincoln County in the midcoast, for example, has the greatest percentage of adults age 65 and older, and its older population also grew the most between 2010 and 2013. Knox and Piscataquis counties saw the second largest increase in older adults in that time.
Counties where more than 20 percent of people are 65 or older (the top quintile of all counties in the U.S.) are Aroostook, Hancock, Lincoln, Knox, Piscataquis and Washington.
Check out where all Maine counties stand here: