Somerset County, ME

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2022 Population
50,656
0.46% 1-year growth
US Senator
Susan Collins
Republican Party
US Senator
Angus King
Independent Party
2022 Median Age
47
0.213% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
16.8%
6.06% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$53,527
12.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$150,500
21.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
22,575
3.11% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Somerset County, ME had a population of 50.7k people with a median age of 47 and a median household income of $53,527. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Somerset County, ME grew from 50,424 to 50,656, a 0.46% increase and its median household income grew from $47,488 to $53,527, a 12.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Somerset County, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.59%), White (Hispanic) (0.681%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.464%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.428%).

None of the households in Somerset County, ME reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Somerset County, ME are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Somerset County, ME are Kennebec Valley Community College (398 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Somerset County, ME was $150,500, and the homeownership rate was 76.8%.

Most people in Somerset County, ME drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 28.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Somerset County, ME was 2 cars per household.

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

Population & Diversity

Somerset County, ME is home to a population of 50.7k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.53% of Somerset County, ME residents were born outside of the country (773 people).

In 2022, there were 36.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (48.1k people) in Somerset County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.31k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 345 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.3%
2022 Citizenship
99.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.3% of Somerset County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Somerset County, ME was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Somerset County, ME
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    48.1k ± 144
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.31k ± 175
  3. White (Hispanic)
    345 ± 104
1.28%
Hispanic Population
648 people

In 2022, there were 36.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (48.1k people) in Somerset County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.31k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 345 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.28% of the people in Somerset County, ME are hispanic (648 people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    9,723 ± 2,412 people
  2. China
    2,585 ± 1,247 people
  3. Germany
    2,409 ± 1,204 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 9,723 Maine residents, followed by China with 2,585 and Germany with 2,409.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.53%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
773 people
1.61%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
813 people

As of 2022, 1.53% of Somerset County, ME residents (773 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Somerset County, ME was 1.61%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,696 ± 231
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    968 ± 263
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    745 ± 187

Somerset County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Somerset County, ME employs 22.6k people. The largest industries in Somerset County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,640 people), Retail Trade (3,242 people), and Manufacturing (2,668 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($59,028), Information ($58,947), and Wholesale Trade ($54,828).

Males in Maine have an average income that is 1.23 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,509. The income inequality in Maine (measured using the Gini index) is 0.437, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

22.6k
2022 Value
± 1,072
3.11%
1 Year growth
± 6.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Somerset County, ME grew at a rate of 3.11%, from 21.9k employees to 22.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Somerset County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,840 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,186 people), and Production Occupations (2,039 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Somerset County, ME.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

22.6k
2022 Value
± 1,072
3.11%
1 Year growth
± 6.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Somerset County, ME grew at a rate of 3.11%, from 21.9k employees to 22.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Somerset County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,640 people), Retail Trade (3,242 people), and Manufacturing (2,668 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,237
Median earning men ± $2,002
$30,850
Median earning women ± $1,402

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($64,531), Wholesale Trade ($64,471), and Information ($62,932).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($46,061), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,149), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($38,750).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.54%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 627k people employed in Maine. This represents a 1.54% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Maine.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 375
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 257
    Retail Trade
  3. 252
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Somerset County, ME went to Donald J. Trump with 59.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (36.6%), followed by Other (2.02%).

Susan Collins and Angus King are the senators currently representing the state of Maine. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Maine is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Maine

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Susan Collins
Senator from Maine2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Angus King
Senator from Maine1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont join meetings of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Susan Collins and Angus King are the senators currently representing Maine.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Maine

Maine is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Maine have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Somerset County, ME awarded 398 degrees. The student population of Somerset County, ME in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 697 male students and 1,422 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Somerset County, ME are White (356 and 89.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (12 and 3.03%), Unknown (11 and 2.78%), and Two or More Races (8 and 2.02%).

The largest universities in Somerset County, ME by number of degrees awarded are Kennebec Valley Community College (398 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Somerset County, ME are General Health Services (68 and 17.1%), General Studies (38 and 9.55%), and Registered Nursing (33 and 8.29%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 2,119 students enrolled in Somerset County, ME, 32.9% men and 67.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,848 records, of which 68% were women and 32% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 38 degrees awarded
  2. 33 degrees awarded
  3. 28 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Somerset County, ME was General Studies with 38 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
398 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kennebec Valley Community College with 398 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 128 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Somerset County, ME, which is 0.474 times less than the 270 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 356 degrees mean that there were 29.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 12 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,880) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($807) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.538% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.438% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (355k), Some college (229k), and Bachelors Degree (225k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Somerset County, ME was $150,500 in 2022, which is 0.534 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $124,200 to $150,500, a 21.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Somerset County, ME is 76.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Somerset County, ME have an average commute time of 28.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Somerset County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Somerset County, ME is $53,527. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Somerset County, ME was Census Tract 9670 with a value of $71,413, followed by Census Tract 9661 and Census Tract 9657, with respective values of $65,234 and $56,691.

In 2022, 16.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Somerset County, ME. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.429%.

Property

$150,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,229
$16,954
Median Property Taxes
±$821

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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

76.8%
Homeownership
2022
61.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76.8% of the housing units in Somerset County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 77.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9670
  2. Census Tract 9661
  3. Census Tract 9657

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Somerset County, ME was Census Tract 9670 with a value of $71,413, followed by Census Tract 9661 and Census Tract 9657, with respective values of $65,234 and $56,691.

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

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Household Income

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$53,527
Median Household Income
± $2,736
22.1k
Number of Households
± 1,036

In 2022, the median household income of the 22.1k households in Somerset County, ME grew to $53,527 from the previous year's value of $47,488.

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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Somerset County, ME is from Maine.
0.437
2022 Wage GINI in Maine
0.436
2021 Wage GINI in Maine

In 2022, the income inequality in Maine was 0.437 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.204% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Maine was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maine in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76%)
  2. Carpooled (10.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (9.94%)

In 2022, 76% of workers in Somerset County, ME drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.7%) and those who worked at home (9.94%).

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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Commute Time

28.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Somerset County, ME have a longer commute time (28.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.44% of the workforce in Somerset County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 16.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Somerset County, ME. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.429%.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Somerset County, ME (8.33k out of 49.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 18.5% of the children was living in poverty in Somerset County, ME. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 136 in Somerset County, ME. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 37.6 per 100,000 population.

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Health

92% of the population of Somerset County, ME has health coverage, with 38.1% on employee plans, 24.1% on Medicaid, 13.6% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 2.61% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, ME see 1870 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.49% increase from the previous year (1807 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4603 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 569 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,870 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Somerset County, ME

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, ME see an average of 1,870 patients per year. This represents a 3.49% increase from the previous year (1,807 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 its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.7% under 18 years, 16.8% between 18 and 34 years, 41.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.96%
Uninsured
38.1%
Employer Coverage
24.1%
Medicaid
13.6%
Medicare
13.6%
Non-Group
2.61%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Somerset County, ME declined by 7.54% from 8.6% to 7.96%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 52.4 in Somerset County, ME.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33.5% in Somerset County, ME.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.1% in Somerset County, ME.

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