All but four counties in Maine showed a population rise in 2017 over the previous year, with more people moving in contributing to most of the increases, according to local estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Northern Maine counties, including Washington and Penobscot, grew by only a few hundred people, compared with bigger gains in York and Cumberland in the south, and Bangor’s population nudged up. Despite modest numbers, that’s an improvement over last year, when Bangor and northern counties saw population declines.
Cumberland and York counties saw the biggest growth, with Cumberland up close to 1,600 people and York up 1,868 from 2016 to 2017. Penobscot County’s population rose by 442.
Aroostook, Franklin, Piscataquis and Somerset counties saw slight population declines.
From 2010 to 2017, only six counties gained population.
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