U.S. Census

The Census Bureau is sending mixed signals about when it plans to finish efforts to count every person living in the U.S. for the 2020 census amid growing concerns among Democrats in Congress that the White House is pressuring the bureau to stop counting soon for political gain.

About 4 out of 10 households nationwide have not been counted yet, and census self-response rates are even lower in many communities.

Office of Gov. Janet Mills

As the 2020 Census count continues, Maine has one of the lowest response rates so far, at just over 50 percent.

The U.S. Census Bureau says it will resume door-to-door delivery of census packets in Maine this Friday.

While Maine is known for its high voter turnouts in general elections, it’s nearly last in the nation in responding to the 2020 Census.

Starting this spring, census workers will fan out across the country to confirm addresses, distribute surveys and, in some rural communities, including here in Maine, go door-to-door.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Fourteen nonprofit groups in Maine are receiving grants to help make sure difficult-to-count communities in the state are included in the 2020 Census.

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Maine has turned down requests from the U.S. Census Bureau to hand over driver's license records that include citizenship information and race.

PORTLAND, Maine - Census data indicates Maine, already the poorest state in New England, saw the nation's biggest drop in household income last year.

White House Asserts Executive Privilege In Census Fight

Jun 12, 2019
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Maine's population increased last year, rising to 1,338,404 inhabitants — a gain of more than 3,300 people from 2017. The gain, however, does not appear to come from a baby boom, as the state's death rate continues to outpace its births.

About 8.5 percent of Maine households are living below the poverty level, according to new U.S. Census data looking at the years from 2013 to 2017.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The U.S. Census Bureau says Maine is still the nation's oldest state, with New Hampshire and Vermont right behind.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The latest Census data indicate that a higher percentage of Maine residents have health insurance coverage than the nation as a whole.

PORTLAND, Maine - New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the population of Maine has remained stagnant, with some growth in the southern suburbs.

The annual American Community Survey shows that the state's estimated population was 1,329,328 in July 2015.

That's a year-over-year decline of 928 people, but 967 more people than Maine had in 2010.

Cumberland County accounted for eight out of 10 communities with populations that grew the most. Windham added the most, with a population increase of 4.8 percent from 2010 to 2015, bringing the total to 17,816.

New U.S. Census numbers show that Cumberland County in Maine is the fastest-growing county in the state, with a 2.9 percent increase between 2010 and 2015.

Meanwhile, Aroostook County lost the most population with about 4.5 percent. Washington County lost 3.75 percent of its population.

Cumberland County Manager Peter Crichton says southern Maine offers a lot of work opportunities, good schools and is close to Boston.