Somerset County, ME

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Population

50,994

0.718% decline

Median Age

45.8


Median Household Income

$41,549

2.63% growth

Poverty Rate

17.8%


Number of Employees

22,217

0.238% decline

Median Property Value

$108,000

0.84% growth

About

In 2017, Somerset County, ME had a population of 51k people with a median age of 45.8 and a median household income of $41,549. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Somerset County, ME declined from 51,363 to 50,994, a -0.718% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,484 to $41,549, a 2.63% increase.

The population of Somerset County, ME is 96% White Alone, 1.85% Two or More Races, and 1.01% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Somerset County, ME speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Somerset County, ME are Kennebec Valley Community College (404 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Somerset County, ME is $108,000, and the homeownership rate is 76.1%. Most people in Somerset County, ME commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Somerset County, ME is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Skowhegan, the county seat of Somerset County, Maine,

Economy

The economy of Somerset County, ME employs 22.2k people. The largest industries in Somerset County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,929 people), Retail Trade (2,969 people), and Manufacturing (2,825 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($56,818), Public Administration ($44,915), and Wholesale Trade ($36,936).

Median household income in Somerset County, ME is $41,549. Males in Somerset 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 Somerset County, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,549

2017 value

± $1,522

2.63%

1 Year Growth

± 5.67%

Households in Somerset County, ME have a median annual income of $41,549, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,484 in 2016, which represents a 2.63% 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.

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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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Somerset 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 9661

  2. Census Tract 9670

  3. Census Tract 9669

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Somerset County, ME was Census Tract 9661 with a value of $49,792, followed by Census Tract 9670 and Census Tract 9669, with respective values of $47,917 and $47,647.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Somerset 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

17.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Somerset County, ME (8.93k out of 50.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 45 - 54.

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

    8,446 ± 541

  2. Two Or More

    266 ± 115

  3. Hispanic

    207 ± 117

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

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

22.2k

2017 Value

± 914

-0.238%

1 Year decline

± 5.75%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Somerset County, ME declined at a rate of -0.238%, from 22.3k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Somerset County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,967 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,096 people), and Production Occupations (1,997 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Somerset County, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Somerset County, ME, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,967 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,096 people), and Production Occupations (1,997 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Somerset County, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.11 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.59 times), and Production Occupations (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Somerset County, ME, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($122,976), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,788), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($53,451).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.2k

2017 Value

± 914

-0.238%

1 Year decline

± 5.75%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Somerset County, ME declined at a rate of -0.238%, from 22.3k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Somerset County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,929 people), Retail Trade (2,969 people), and Manufacturing (2,825 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Somerset County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Somerset 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 Somerset County, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,929 people), Retail Trade (2,969 people), and Manufacturing (2,825 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Somerset County, ME has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.21 times higher than expected), Construction (1.48 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Somerset County, ME, by median earnings, are Utilities ($56,818), Public Administration ($44,915), and Wholesale Trade ($36,936).

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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. $7.7B

  2. $3.41B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $7.7B, followed by Fuel oils ($3.41B) and Gasoline ($3.1B).

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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$41.8B

2015 Value

$56.8B

Projected 2045 Value

36.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Maine trade was $41.8B. This is expected to increase 36.1% 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. $3.48B

  2. $3.07B

  3. $2.42B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $3.48B, followed by New Hampshire with $3.07B and New York and $2.42B.

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

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Health

88.7% of the population of Somerset County, ME has health coverage, with 36.9% on employee plans, 23.6% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 3.05% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, ME see 1420 patients per year on average, which represents a 19.5% decrease from the previous year (1764 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5657 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 613 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

1,420 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, ME see an average of 1,420 patients per year. This represents a 19.5% decrease from the previous year (1,764 patients).

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

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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%).

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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

11.3%

Uninsured

36.9%

Employer Coverage

23.6%

Medicaid

12.5%

Medicare

12.7%

Non-Group

3.05%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Somerset County, ME declined by 0.587% from 11.3% to 11.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Somerset 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%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Maine by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Somerset County, ME is home to a population of 51k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.81% of Somerset County, ME residents were born outside of the country (923 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Somerset County, ME is composed of 48.9k White Alone residents (96%), 943 Two or More Races residents (1.85%), 514 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.01%), 205 Black or African American Alone residents (0.402%), 202 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.396%), 160 Asian Alone residents (0.314%), 21 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0412%), and 1 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.00196%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Somerset County, ME are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

61

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Somerset County, ME was 45.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 61. But people in Somerset County, ME are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Somerset County, ME residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.81%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

923 people

1.75%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

897 people

As of 2017, 1.81% of Somerset County, ME residents (923 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 Somerset County, ME was 1.75%, 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

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of Somerset County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Somerset County, ME was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    48.9k ± 23

  2. Two or More Races

    943 ± 127

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    514 ± 97.8

In 2017, there were 51.9 times more White Alone residents (48.9k people) in Somerset County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 943 Two or More Races and 514 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Somerset County, ME as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Somerset County, ME citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Somerset County, ME was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Somerset County, ME are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,811 ± 225

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    576 ± 162

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    470 ± 125

Somerset County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Somerset County, ME awarded 404 degrees. The student population of Somerset County, ME is skewed towards women, with 910 male students and 1,641 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Somerset County, ME are White (387 and 95.8%), followed by Two or More Races (4 and 0.99%), Asian (3 and 0.743%), and Black or African American (3 and 0.743%).

The largest universities in Somerset County, ME by number of degrees awarded are Kennebec Valley Community College (404 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Somerset County, ME are Registered Nursing (39 and 9.65%), Lineworker (31 and 7.67%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (23 and 5.69%).

The median tuition costs in Somerset County, ME are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Somerset County, ME was Registered Nursing with 39 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Somerset County, ME according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

404 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Somerset County, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kennebec Valley Community College with 404 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

170

Degrees Awarded to Men

234

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 170 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Somerset County, ME, which is 0.726 times less than the 234 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    387 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    4 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    3 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Somerset County, ME were to White students. These 387 degrees mean that there were 96.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 4 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Somerset County, ME was $108,000 in 2017, which is 0.496 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $107,100 to $108,000, a 0.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Somerset County, ME is 76.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Somerset County, ME have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Somerset County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,549

Median Household Income

± $1,522

21.4k

Number of Households

± 851

In 2017, the median household income of the 21.4k households in Somerset County, ME grew to $41,549 from the previous year's value of $40,484.

The following chart displays the households in Somerset 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$108,000

2017 Median

± $3,590

$107,100

2016 Median

± $3,555

In 2017, the median property value in Somerset County, ME grew to to $108,000 from the previous year's value of $107,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Somerset 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 Somerset County, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Somerset County, ME distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Somerset County, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

76.1%

2017 Homeownership

76.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.1% of the housing units in Somerset County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.5%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Somerset County, ME have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.75% of the workforce in Somerset County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.19%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Somerset County, ME was Drove Alone (82.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.2%) and those who Worked At Home (4.19%).

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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