Knox County, ME

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Population

39,700

0.0428% decline

Poverty Rate

11.6%


Median Age

47.8


Median Household Income

$53,117

1.68% growth

Number of Employees

19,568

1.24% growth

Median Property Value

$199,600

0.757% growth

About

In 2017, Knox County, ME had a population of 39.7k people with a median age of 47.8 and a median household income of $53,117. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Knox County, ME declined from 39,717 to 39,700, a -0.0428% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,239 to $53,117, a 1.68% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Knox County, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (95.6%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.45%), White (Hispanic) (0.907%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.632%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.612%). N/A% of the people in Knox County, ME speak a non-English language, and 98.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Knox County, ME is $199,600, and the homeownership rate is 76.3%. Most people in Knox County, ME commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Knox County, ME is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Knox County, ME employs 19.6k people. The largest industries in Knox County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,083 people), Retail Trade (2,556 people), and Educational Services (1,702 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,875), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,077), and Transportation & Warehousing ($43,176).

Median household income in Knox County, ME is $53,117. Males in Knox County, ME have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,792. The income inequality in Knox County, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,117

2017 value

± $2,506

1.68%

1 Year Growth

± 5.7%

Households in Knox County, ME have a median annual income of $53,117, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,239 in 2016, which represents a 1.68% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,075

Average Male Salary

± $2,642

$44,792

Average Female Salary

± $1,926

In 2017, full-time male employees in Maine made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Maine by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $48,746 ± $19,436

  2. White

    $43,832 ± $1,466

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $41,588 ± $101,474

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Maine workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Maine by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Knox County, ME is from Maine.

0.447

2017 Wage GINI

0.45

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Maine was 0.447 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.62% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Maine was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maine in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Maine across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9705

  2. Census Tract 9709

  3. Census Tract 9708

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Knox County, ME was Census Tract 9705 with a value of $62,625, followed by Census Tract 9709 and Census Tract 9708, with respective values of $57,188 and $56,645.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Knox County, ME colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Knox County, ME (4.47k out of 38.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,317 ± 460

  2. Hispanic

    129 ± 103

  3. Two Or More

    78 ± 99

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Knox County, ME is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

19.6k

2017 Value

± 874

1.24%

1 Year growth

± 6.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Knox County, ME grew at a rate of 1.24%, from 19.3k employees to 19.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Knox County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,748 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,935 people), and Management Occupations (1,847 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Knox County, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Knox County, ME, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,748 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,935 people), and Management Occupations (1,847 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Knox County, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (7.57 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.44 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Knox County, ME, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($77,875), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($72,625), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($65,313).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19.6k

2017 Value

± 874

1.24%

1 Year growth

± 6.19%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Knox County, ME grew at a rate of 1.24%, from 19.3k employees to 19.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Knox County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,083 people), Retail Trade (2,556 people), and Educational Services (1,702 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Knox County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Knox County, ME and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Knox County, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,083 people), Retail Trade (2,556 people), and Educational Services (1,702 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Knox County, ME has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.47 times higher than expected), Construction (1.36 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.32 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Knox County, ME, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,875), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,077), and Transportation & Warehousing ($43,176).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $8.58B

  2. $3.57B

  3. $3.34B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $8.58B, followed by Fuel oils ($3.57B) and Machinery ($3.34B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Maine products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$45.4B

2020 Value

$56.8B

Projected 2045 Value

25.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Maine trade was $45.4B. This is expected to increase 25.2% to $56.8B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Maine trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $3.76B

  2. $3.36B

  3. $2.86B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $3.76B, followed by New Hampshire with $3.36B and New York and $2.86B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Maine shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.1% of the population of Knox County, ME has health coverage, with 38.8% on employee plans, 14.1% on Medicaid, 16.6% on Medicare, 17.9% on non-group plans, and 1.76% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Knox County, ME was $9,531 in 2014. This is a 4.36% increase from the previous year ($9,133).

Primary care physicians in Knox County, ME see 1107 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.85% increase from the previous year (1017 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1590 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 203 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.6%). Additionally, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,107 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Knox County, ME see an average of 1,107 patients per year. This represents a 8.85% increase from the previous year (1,017 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Knox County, ME in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,531

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,015

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,504

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,325

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Maine (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.36%, from $9,133 to $9,531.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.9%

Uninsured

38.8%

Employer Coverage

14.1%

Medicaid

16.6%

Medicare

17.9%

Non-Group

1.76%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Knox County, ME declined by 12.4% from 12.4% to 10.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Knox County, ME changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.6% prevalence

  2. 12.3% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maine, at 12.6%.

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Diversity

Knox County, ME is home to a population of 39.7k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.84% of Knox County, ME residents were born outside of the country (1.13k people).

In 2017, there were 65.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (38k people) in Knox County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 576 Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) and 360 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

48

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

48

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 9.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Knox County, ME was 47.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 48, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Knox County, ME are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Knox County, ME residents was 48.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.84%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.13k people

2.78%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.11k people

As of 2017, 2.84% of Knox County, ME residents (1.13k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Knox County, ME was 2.78%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    9,674 ± 2,406 people

  2. Philippines

    2,503 ± 1,227 people

  3. China

    2,372 ± 1,195 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 9,674 Maine residents, followed by Philippines with 2,503 and China with 2,372.

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Citizenship

98.6%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.6% of Knox County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Knox County, ME was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Knox County, ME

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    38k ± 22

  2. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    576 ± 116

  3. White (Hispanic)

    360 ± 43

In 2017, there were 65.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (38k people) in Knox County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 576 Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) and 360 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Knox County, ME as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,446 ± 190

  2. Korea

    389 ± 118

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    307 ± 91

Knox County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.72 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Knox County, ME was $199,600 in 2017, which is 0.869 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $198,100 to $199,600, a 0.757% increase. The homeownership rate in Knox County, ME is 76.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Knox County, ME have an average commute time of 16.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Knox County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$199,600

2017 Median

± $7,519

$198,100

2016 Median

± $6,673

In 2017, the median property value in Knox County, ME grew to to $199,600 from the previous year's value of $198,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Knox County, ME compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Knox County, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$53,117

Median Household Income

± $2,506

17k

Number of Households

± 804

In 2017, the median household income of the 17k households in Knox County, ME grew to $53,117 from the previous year's value of $52,239.

The following chart displays the households in Knox County, ME distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Knox County, ME distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Knox County, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

76.3%

2017 Homeownership

76.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.3% of the housing units in Knox County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Knox County, ME compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

16.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Knox County, ME have a shorter commute time (16.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.18% of the workforce in Knox County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.78%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.62%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Knox County, ME was Drove Alone (76.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.78%) and those who Worked At Home (6.62%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Knox County, ME distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Knox County, ME have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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