Poverty drops, health insurance coverage rises in Maine, but slower than nation

Written on September 14, 2017

A new batch of census data shows poverty fell and incomes and health insurance coverage in Maine was basically flat last year. Data released Thursday showed the share of the population on private insurance rose.

Those are good signs of progress on basic indicators of economic and general wellness, but Maine lagged progress nationwide.

The data out early this morning from the Census Bureau includes a wide array of new data, but the best summary for Maine is here, in three data sets showing changes (and whether they were statistically significant) across multiple years.

Those tables cover the basics, but there’s still other ways to slice and dice the new release. Portland is the only local area included in the one-year surveys, which barely makes the cutoff with a population over 60,000 (economic, social and housing files for Portland).

Check out the Census FactFinder site and filter for the “2016 ACS 1-year estimates” to browse other tables.

For a more local look, the ACS provides that in its 5-year survey files. The surveys ending 2015 marked the first where they had two distinct 5-year periods to compare. I put the county and local comparison files into Github a while back.

You can also find those five-year files here in FactFinder: