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Population, Largest Communities

Fifteen communities had populations of over 15,000 in the year 2010, two more than in 2000. While ranks of the first five were little changed, Scarborough surged ahead while Waterville fell behind. Windham and Gorham were new to the list in 2010.

Among the fifteen, the fastest growing communities from 2000 to 2010 were suburbs of Portland: Scarborough 11.5%;, Windham 14.1%; and Gorham 15.8%.  Only two of the fifteen lost population: Auburn 0.6%; and Brunswick 4.2%, mostly due to the closing of Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Rank Town County 1990 2000 2010
1, 1, 1 Portland Cumberland 64,358 64,249 66,194
2, 2, 2 Lewiston Androscoggin 39,757 35,690 36,592
3, 3, 3 Bangor Penobscot 33,181 31,473 33,039
5, 4, 4 South Portland Cumberland 23,163 23,324 25,002
4, 5, 5 Auburn Androscoggin 24,039 23,203 23,055
8, 7, 6 Biddeford York 20,710 20,942 21,277
9, 8, 7 Sanford York 20,463 20,806 20,798
7, 6, 8 Brunswick Cumberland 20,906 21,172 20,278
6, 9, 9 Augusta Kennebec 21,325 18,560 19,136
14, 10, 10 Scarborough Cumberland 12,518 16,970 18,919
12, 11, 11 Saco York 15,181 16,822 18,482
11, 12, 12 Westbrook Cumberland 16,121 16,142 17,494
13, 14, 13 Windham Cumberland 13,020 14,904 17,001
15, 15, 14 Gorham Cumberland 11,856 14,141 16,381
10, 13, 15 Waterville Kennebec 17,173 15,605 15,772

The “Rank” numbers refer to the population data reported in columns 1990, 2000, and 2010 respectively. Change in community rankings from 1990 to 2010 among those that moved two or more places is shown in the chart below.  None in the top five, nor in the bottom five, moved that much.  Thus, the chart depicts changes in the middle five of the fifteen communities with populations over 15,000.

Population Trends

Portland Population Chart 1790-2010

Portland 1790-2010

Lewiston Population Chart 1790-2010

Lewiston 1790-2010

Bangor Population Chart 1800-2010

Bangor 1800-2010

South Portland Population Chart 1790-2010

South Portland 1790-2010

Auburn Population Chart 1850-2010

Auburn 1850-2010

Biddeford Population Chart 1790-2010

Biddeford 1790-2010

Sanford Population Chart 1790-2010

Sanford 1790-2010

Brunswick Population Chart 1790-2010

Brunswick 1790-2010

Augusta Population Chart 1800-2010

Augusta 1800-2010

Scarborough Population Chart 1800-2010

Scarborough 1800-2010

Saco Population Chart 1790-2010

Saco 1790-2010

Westbrook Population Chart 1820-2010

Westbrook 1820-2010

Windham Population Chart 1790-2010

Windham 1790-2010

Gorham Population Chart 1800-2010

Gorham 1800-2010

Waterville Population Chart 1810-2010

Waterville 1810-2010

Sources:

Decennial U.S. Census Reports.

Maine State Planning Office. Year 2000 Census Population Data. Spreadsheet. March 30, 2001.

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