Interactive: Maine continues to age faster than most of the country

Maine’s median age continued to rise faster than the rest of the country in 2013, according to census data released today, securing our title as Oldest State in the Nation.

In 2013 , the state’s median age was 43.9, up from 43.6 in 2012 estimates. Nationally, the median age rose one tenth of a year to 37.6.

Since the 2010 census, Maine’s median age rose about 3 percent, putting it third for the fastest median age growth, behind Utah and Idaho. From 2012 to 2013, the state’s median age rose the fourth-fastest, growing 0.82 percent, behind Arizona, Idaho and Utah.

That demographic trend is in line with the rest of Northern New England and, as a general aging trend, the rest of the country. New Hampshire’s median age rose at an equal pace with Maine’s. But don’t just take my word… take the interactive story below.

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Alaska, Hawaii and five states Great Plains states were the only in the country to see declines in median age. In North Dakota, the U.S. Census Bureau attributed a rapid drop in median age to the Bakken shale natural gas boom. Just less than 13 percent of U.S. counties saw drops in their median age as most of the country is getting older.

Even Utah, one of the youngest states in the nation, saw its median age rise ahead of Maine’s pace from 2010 to 2013, though its median age remains more than 10 years below Maine’s.

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Darren Fishell

About Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.