Washington County vs. Maine
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2017
Introduction
Washington County:
2017 Population = 31,593
2017 Percent of State = 2.4%
Maine:
2017 Population = 1,335,907
2017 Percent of State = 0.4%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Washington County with comparisons to Maine and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Washington County vs. Maine's population growth over 1969-2017. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1969-2017
Population, 1969-2017
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Washington County's annual population for the period 1969-2017 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 49-year period, Washington County's population rose from 30,083 in 1969 to 31,593 in 2017, for a net gain of 1,510, or 5.0%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population, 1969-2017
Population, 1969-2017
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks Maine's annual population for the period 1969-2017 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 49-year period, Maine's population rose from 992,000 in 1969 to 1,335,907 in 2017, for a net gain of 343,907, or 34.7%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2017
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2017
Figure 3.
Figure 3 shows Washington County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Maine, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Washington County's overall population growth was 5.0% over 1969-2017 trailed Maine's increase of 34.7%, and fell below the United States' increase of 61.8%.
Population as a Percent of the Maine Total: 1969-2017
Population as a Percent of the Maine Total: 1969-2017
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of comparing the population growth of Washington County is to trace its individual percentage contributions to Maine's statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than Maine's population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Washington County's population comprised 3.0% of Maine's population, while in 2017 it comprised 2.4% thereby yielding a -0.7% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2017 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2017
vs.
1969
-0.67%
=
2.36%
-
3.03%
 
   
Washington County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2017
Washington County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2017
Figure 5.
Figure 5 shows the short-run pattern of Washington County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2017. The average annual percent change for the entire 48-year period is also illustrated on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Washington County's population grew at an annual rate of 0.11% over 1970-2017. The county posted its highest growth in 1976 (4.01%) and posted its lowest growth in 1998 (-1.40%). In 2017, Washington County's population grew by 0.09%
Washington County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2017
Washington County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2017
Figure 6.
Over the past four decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again shows the annual percent change in Washington County's population since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2017.
During the 1970s, Washington County's annual population growth rate averaged 1.65%. It averaged -0.10% during the 1980s, -0.25% during the 1990s, -0.36% in the 2000s, and -0.51% thus far this decade (2010 to 2017).
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Washington County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Maine and the nation. As the chart reveals, Washington County's average annual population growth outpaced Maine's average during the 1970s (1.65% vs. 1.27%), recorded under Maine's average during the 1980s (-0.10% vs. 0.82%), posted below Maine's average throughout the 1990s (-0.25% vs. 0.38%), trailed Maine's average throughout the 2000s (-0.36% vs. 0.49%), and posted below Maine's average over the 8 year period of the last decade, 2010-2017 (-0.51% vs. 0.06%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Washington County outpaced the nation during the 1970s (1.65% vs. 1.10%), lagged the nation in the 1980s (-0.10% vs. 0.95%), fell below the nation in the 1990s (-0.25% vs. 1.23%), posted below the nation over the 2000s (-0.36% vs. 0.95%), and recorded underneath the nation over 2010-2017 (-0.51% vs. 0.75%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
0.11
1.65
-0.10
-0.25
-0.36
-0.51
0.09
 
0.62
1.27
0.82
0.38
0.49
0.06
0.43
 
1.01
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.75
0.72
 
   

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Washington County:
Population, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
30,083
100.0
N
3.03
1970
 
29,907
99.4
-0.59
3.00
1971
 
30,274
100.6
1.23
2.98
1972
 
31,330
104.1
3.49
3.03
1973
 
31,918
106.1
1.88
3.05
1974
 
32,440
107.8
1.64
3.06
1975
 
33,235
110.5
2.45
3.10
1976
 
34,567
114.9
4.01
3.17
1977
 
35,083
116.6
1.49
3.17
1978
 
34,962
116.2
-0.34
3.13
1979
 
35,397
117.7
1.24
3.15
1980
 
34,907
116.0
-1.38
3.10
1981
 
34,651
115.2
-0.73
3.06
1982
 
34,346
114.2
-0.88
3.02
1983
 
34,168
113.6
-0.52
2.98
1984
 
34,189
113.6
0.06
2.96
1985
 
34,075
113.3
-0.33
2.93
1986
 
34,150
113.5
0.22
2.92
1987
 
34,297
114.0
0.43
2.90
1988
 
34,604
115.0
0.90
2.87
1989
 
35,033
116.5
1.24
2.87
1990
 
35,397
117.7
1.04
2.87
1991
 
35,552
118.2
0.44
2.87
1992
 
35,668
118.6
0.33
2.88
1993
 
35,602
118.3
-0.19
2.87
1994
 
35,427
117.8
-0.49
2.85
1995
 
35,420
117.7
-0.02
2.85
1996
 
35,240
117.1
-0.51
2.82
1997
 
34,964
116.2
-0.78
2.79
1998
 
34,475
114.6
-1.40
2.74
1999
 
34,148
113.5
-0.95
2.70
2000
 
33,876
112.6
-0.80
2.65
2001
 
33,499
111.4
-1.11
2.61
2002
 
33,345
110.8
-0.46
2.57
2003
 
33,403
111.0
0.17
2.56
2004
 
33,474
111.3
0.21
2.55
2005
 
33,319
110.8
-0.46
2.53
2006
 
33,323
110.8
0.01
2.52
2007
 
33,424
111.1
0.30
2.52
2008
 
33,289
110.7
-0.40
2.50
2009
 
32,925
109.4
-1.09
2.48
2010
 
32,827
109.1
-0.30
2.47
2011
 
32,715
108.7
-0.34
2.46
2012
 
32,551
108.2
-0.50
2.45
2013
 
32,276
107.3
-0.84
2.43
2014
 
31,928
106.1
-1.08
2.40
2015
 
31,747
105.5
-0.57
2.39
2016
 
31,566
104.9
-0.57
2.37
2017
 
31,593
105.0
0.09
2.36
Source: Calculations by the Maine Regional Economic Analysis Project (ME-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
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Maine:
Population, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
992,000
100.0
N
0.49
1970
 
996,784
100.5
0.48
0.49
1971
 
1,015,677
102.4
1.90
0.49
1972
 
1,034,817
104.3
1.88
0.49
1973
 
1,046,420
105.5
1.12
0.50
1974
 
1,060,050
106.9
1.30
0.50
1975
 
1,073,280
108.2
1.25
0.50
1976
 
1,089,960
109.9
1.55
0.50
1977
 
1,105,369
111.4
1.41
0.50
1978
 
1,115,457
112.4
0.91
0.50
1979
 
1,124,927
113.4
0.85
0.50
1980
 
1,126,860
113.6
0.17
0.50
1981
 
1,133,033
114.2
0.55
0.49
1982
 
1,136,683
114.6
0.32
0.49
1983
 
1,144,772
115.4
0.71
0.49
1984
 
1,155,634
116.5
0.95
0.49
1985
 
1,162,935
117.2
0.63
0.49
1986
 
1,170,126
118.0
0.62
0.49
1987
 
1,184,577
119.4
1.23
0.49
1988
 
1,203,840
121.4
1.63
0.49
1989
 
1,219,961
123.0
1.34
0.49
1990
 
1,231,719
124.2
0.96
0.49
1991
 
1,237,081
124.7
0.44
0.49
1992
 
1,238,508
124.8
0.12
0.48
1993
 
1,242,302
125.2
0.31
0.48
1994
 
1,242,662
125.3
0.03
0.47
1995
 
1,243,480
125.4
0.07
0.47
1996
 
1,249,060
125.9
0.45
0.46
1997
 
1,254,774
126.5
0.46
0.46
1998
 
1,259,127
126.9
0.35
0.46
1999
 
1,266,808
127.7
0.61
0.45
2000
 
1,277,072
128.7
0.81
0.45
2001
 
1,285,692
129.6
0.67
0.45
2002
 
1,295,960
130.6
0.80
0.45
2003
 
1,306,513
131.7
0.81
0.45
2004
 
1,313,688
132.4
0.55
0.45
2005
 
1,318,787
132.9
0.39
0.45
2006
 
1,323,619
133.4
0.37
0.44
2007
 
1,327,040
133.8
0.26
0.44
2008
 
1,330,509
134.1
0.26
0.44
2009
 
1,329,590
134.0
-0.07
0.43
2010
 
1,327,568
133.8
-0.15
0.43
2011
 
1,327,968
133.9
0.03
0.43
2012
 
1,328,101
133.9
0.01
0.42
2013
 
1,327,975
133.9
-0.01
0.42
2014
 
1,328,903
134.0
0.07
0.42
2015
 
1,327,787
133.8
-0.08
0.41
2016
 
1,330,232
134.1
0.18
0.41
2017
 
1,335,907
134.7
0.43
0.41
Source: Calculations by the Maine Regional Economic Analysis Project (ME-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
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United States:
Population, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,338,421
153.7
0.84
2011
 
311,644,280
154.8
0.75
2012
 
313,993,272
156.0
0.75
2013
 
316,234,505
157.1
0.71
2014
 
318,622,525
158.3
0.76
2015
 
321,039,839
159.5
0.76
2016
 
323,405,935
160.7
0.74
2017
 
325,719,178
161.8
0.72
Source: Calculations by the Maine Regional Economic Analysis Project (ME-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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