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Rank of Maine, Population

Maine is a relative small, sparsely settled state when it comes to population.  Its people are predominantly  white, of European-origin, with relatively few members of minority ethnic or racial groups.

The state ranks about 40th in total population, population density, portion of non-whites, households, and metropolitan population. The exception is the rank for American Indians.

Population Rank: Size of Population

YEAR RANK MAINE U.S.
Population
1950 35 913,774 151,325,798
1960 36 969,000 179,323,000
1970 38 994,000 203,302,000
1980 38 1,124,660 226,504,825
1990 39 1,227,928 248,709,873
2000 40 1,274,923 281,421,906
2010 41 1,328,361 308,745,538
10 year Increase
1970-1980 - 13.1% 11.4%
1980-1990 - 9.2% 13.2%
1990-2000 46 3.8% 13.2%
2000-2010 443 4.2% 9.7%



Minorities – Rank: Percent of Population

YEAR RANK MAINE U.S.

American Indians

1990 22 0.5% 0.8%
2000 22 0.6% 0.9%
2010 26 0.6% 0.9%
Asian Population
1990 42 0.5% 2.9%
2000 43 0.7% 3.6%
2000 44 1.0% 4.8%
Black Population
1990 47 0.4% 12.1%
2000 48 0.5% 12.3%
2010 47 1.2% 12.6%

Distribution

YEAR RANK MAINE U.S.
Households
1990 39 465,312 91,947,410
2000 391 518,200 105,480,101
2010 - 551,1252 114,235,9962
Persons per Square Mile
2000 391 41.3 79.6
2010 38 43.1 87.4
Metro Population -  Rank of Portland Area4 in the 184 Metro Areas over 250,000 Population in U.S.
YEAR RANK Population % Change 
1990 87 441,257 -
2000 91 487,568 10.5
2010 101 514,098 54

Sources are U.S. Census unless otherwise noted.

1Louise L. Horner., Ed. Almanac of the 50 States: Basic Data Profiles with Comparative Tables. Palo Alto, California. Information Publications. 2002.

2These data are collected in the American Community Survey (ACS). The data are estimates and are subject to sampling variability.  The data are period estimates, that is, they represent the characteristics of the population over a specific 60-month data collection period.

3Rank from 2000-2009 Statistical Abstract of the United States, http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/rankings.html (accesse3d February 13, 2012)

4Portland-South Portland-Biddeford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 additional source: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/population.html

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