Waldo County, ME

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Population

39,280

0.535% growth

Median Age

45.7


Median Household Income

$50,162

10.3% growth

Poverty Rate

14.3%


Number of Employees

18,698

1.7% growth

Median Property Value

$159,800

0.884% growth

About

In 2017, Waldo County, ME had a population of 39.3k people with a median age of 45.7 and a median household income of $50,162. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Waldo County, ME grew from 39,071 to 39,280, a 0.535% increase and its median household income grew from $45,480 to $50,162, a 10.3% increase.

The population of Waldo County, ME is 95.8% White Alone, 1.77% Two or More Races, and 1.18% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Waldo County, ME speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waldo County, ME are Unity College (131 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Waldo County, ME is $159,800, and the homeownership rate is 79.2%. Most people in Waldo County, ME commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Waldo County, ME is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Waldo County, ME employs 18.7k people. The largest industries in Waldo County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,392 people), Retail Trade (2,381 people), and Educational Services (2,006 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,313), Utilities ($56,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,750).

Median household income in Waldo County, ME is $50,162. Males in Waldo 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 Waldo County, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,162

2017 value

± $2,047

10.3%

1 Year Growth

± 5.32%

Households in Waldo County, ME have a median annual income of $50,162, 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 $45,480 in 2016, which represents a 10.3% 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Waldo 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 410

  2. Census Tract 430

  3. Census Tract 440

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waldo County, ME was Census Tract 410 with a value of $68,571, followed by Census Tract 430 and Census Tract 440, with respective values of $59,260 and $58,422.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waldo County, ME (5.5k out of 38.4k 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 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

    5,042 ± 361

  2. Two Or More

    245 ± 90

  3. Hispanic

    96 ± 109

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waldo 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

18.7k

2017 Value

± 712

1.7%

1 Year growth

± 5.24%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Waldo County, ME grew at a rate of 1.7%, from 18.4k employees to 18.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waldo County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,149 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,925 people), and Management Occupations (1,799 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waldo County, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Waldo County, ME, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,149 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,925 people), and Management Occupations (1,799 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Waldo County, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.17 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.57 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.29 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Waldo County, ME, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($55,789), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($55,329), and Legal Occupations ($53,021).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.7k

2017 Value

± 712

1.7%

1 Year growth

± 5.24%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Waldo County, ME grew at a rate of 1.7%, from 18.4k employees to 18.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waldo County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,392 people), Retail Trade (2,381 people), and Educational Services (2,006 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waldo County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Waldo 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 Waldo County, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,392 people), Retail Trade (2,381 people), and Educational Services (2,006 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Waldo County, ME has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.4 times higher than expected), Construction (1.36 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Waldo County, ME, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,313), Utilities ($56,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,750).

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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

88.9% of the population of Waldo County, ME has health coverage, with 38.5% on employee plans, 18.3% on Medicaid, 14% on Medicare, 15.4% on non-group plans, and 2.63% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Waldo County, ME see 1398 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.215% increase from the previous year (1395 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3280 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 414 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

1,398 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Waldo County, ME see an average of 1,398 patients per year. This represents a 0.215% increase from the previous year (1,395 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Waldo 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%).

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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

11.1%

Uninsured

38.5%

Employer Coverage

18.3%

Medicaid

14%

Medicare

15.4%

Non-Group

2.63%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waldo County, ME declined by 7.1% from 11.9% to 11.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Waldo 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

Waldo County, ME is home to a population of 39.3k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.5% of Waldo County, ME residents were born outside of the country (982 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Waldo County, ME is composed of 37.6k White Alone residents (95.8%), 696 Two or More Races residents (1.77%), 463 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.18%), 201 Black or African American Alone residents (0.512%), 176 Asian Alone residents (0.448%), 115 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.293%), 17 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0433%), and 1 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00255%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Waldo County, ME was 45.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Waldo County, ME are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Waldo County, ME residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

982 people

2.58%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.01k people

As of 2017, 2.5% of Waldo County, ME residents (982 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 Waldo County, ME was 2.58%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Waldo County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Waldo County, ME was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    37.6k ± 18

  2. Two or More Races

    696 ± 95.3

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    463 ± 108

In 2017, there were 54 times more White Alone residents (37.6k people) in Waldo County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 696 Two or More Races and 463 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 Waldo 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 Waldo 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 Waldo County, ME was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Waldo 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

    1,342 ± 150

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    470 ± 134

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    384 ± 121

Waldo County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.86 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Waldo County, ME awarded 131 degrees. The student population of Waldo County, ME is skewed towards women, with 358 male students and 381 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waldo County, ME are White (113 and 86.3%), followed by Two or More Races (15 and 11.5%), Hispanic or Latino (2 and 1.53%), and Asian (1 and 0.763%).

The largest universities in Waldo County, ME by number of degrees awarded are Unity College (131 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Waldo County, ME are Wildlife, Fish, & Wildlands Science (41 and 31.3%), Natural Resource Law Enforcement & Protective Services (34 and 26%), and Wildlife Biology (16 and 12.2%).

The median tuition costs in Waldo County, ME are $26,370 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 Bachelors Degree recipients in Waldo County, ME was Wildlife Biology with 16 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

131 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$26,370

Median Private

In 2016, the Waldo County, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was Unity College with 131 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

69

Degrees Awarded to Men

62

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 69 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waldo County, ME, which is 1.11 times more than the 62 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

    113 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    15 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Waldo County, ME were to White students. These 113 degrees mean that there were 7.53 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 15 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waldo County, ME was $159,800 in 2017, which is 0.734 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $158,400 to $159,800, a 0.884% increase. The homeownership rate in Waldo County, ME is 79.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Waldo County, ME have an average commute time of 24.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Waldo 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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$50,162

Median Household Income

± $2,047

17k

Number of Households

± 669

In 2017, the median household income of the 17k households in Waldo County, ME grew to $50,162 from the previous year's value of $45,480.

The following chart displays the households in Waldo 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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Housing

Property Value

$159,800

2017 Median

± $3,278

$158,400

2016 Median

± $3,910

In 2017, the median property value in Waldo County, ME grew to to $159,800 from the previous year's value of $158,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Waldo 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 Waldo County, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

79.2%

2017 Homeownership

77.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 79.2% of the housing units in Waldo County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 77.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Waldo 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 Waldo County, ME distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Waldo County, ME have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

24.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waldo County, ME have a shorter commute time (24.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.93% of the workforce in Waldo County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.9%

  2. Carpooled

    10.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.92%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Waldo County, ME was Drove Alone (75.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.6%) and those who Worked At Home (7.92%).

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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