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Percent of Population Who are Veterans

Map: Civilians over 18 who are Veterans by County 2000According to the U.S. Census, 139,410 Maine residents are civilians over 18 years of age who are veterans of the armed forces.  This number (an average from 2005 to 2009) is down from 159,333 in 1990 and 154,590 in 2000.  This is consistent with a declining veteran population across the country in these years, as the percent has declined from 14.5% to 12.7% of the 18+ population.  In the years 2005-2009, the percent declined still further to 9.8%.

The 2005-2009 percents varied relatively little by county although Lincoln and Sagadahoc were by about 3% above the statewide figure.

Percent and Number of the Maine Civlian Population 18+ Who were Veterans (2005-2009 Average)

County Percent Number
Androscoggin 14.4% 12,073
Aroostook 13.7% 7,891
Cumberland 11.2% 24,876
Franklin 11.5% 2,855
Hancock 12.7% 5,637
Kennebec 14.2% 13,780
Knox 14.2% 4,565
Lincoln 16.0% 4,474
Oxford 14.3% 6,506
Penobscot 11.7% 14,432
Piscataquis 15.3% 2,145
Sagadahoc 16.6% 4,636
Somerset 13.8% 5,658
Waldo 13.5% 4,168
Washington 14.8% 3,897
York 14.0% 21,817
Maine 13.2% 139,410
US 9.8% 22,894,578



Sources:

State & County QuickFacts at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html (accessed August 30, 2011)

2005-2009 Maine county figures are from U. S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates. Updated every year. http://factfinder.census.gov (accessed August 30, 2011)

Definitions: Veterans are men and women who have served (even for a short time), but are not currently serving, on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, or who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. People who served in the National Guard or Reserves are classified as veterans only if they were ever called or ordered to active duty, not counting the 4-6 months for initial training or yearly summer camps. All other civilians are classified as nonveterans.

Veterans: 2000 Census Brief at http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/c2kbr-22.pdf (accessed August 30, 2011)

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