Penobscot County, ME

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2020 Population
151,696
0.0514% 1-year decline
US Senator
Susan Collins
Republican Party
US Senator
Angus King
Independent Party
2020 Median Age
42.2
0.476% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
13.4%
9.75% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$52,128
2.6% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$148,300
2.49% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
73,848
1.21% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Penobscot County, ME had a population of 152k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $52,128. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Penobscot County, ME declined from 151,774 to 151,696, a −0.0514% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,808 to $52,128, a 2.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Penobscot County, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (93.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.3%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.09%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.808%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.773%).

None of the households in Penobscot 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.

98.6% of the residents in Penobscot County, ME are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Penobscot County, ME are University of Maine (2,494 degrees awarded in 2020), Husson University (1,031 degrees), and Eastern Maine Community College (386 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Penobscot County, ME was $148,300, and the homeownership rate was 70.1%.

Most people in Penobscot County, ME drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Penobscot County, ME was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: The older suspension bridge is in front of the new cable-stayed bridge across the Penobscot River. Taken from Fort Knox. Verona Island across the water.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Penobscot County, ME is home to a population of 152k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.87% of Penobscot County, ME residents were born outside of the country (4.36k people).

In 2020, there were 40.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Penobscot County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.49k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.65k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.6%
2020 Citizenship
98.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.6% of Penobscot County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Penobscot County, ME was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Penobscot County, ME
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    142k ± 178
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.49k ± 346
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.65k ± 220
1.45%
Hispanic Population
2.2k people

In 2020, there were 40.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Penobscot County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.49k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.65k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.45% of the people in Penobscot County, ME are hispanic (2.2k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    9,473 ± 2,381 people
  2. Philippines
    2,837 ± 1,306 people
  3. Germany
    2,823 ± 1,303 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 9,473 Maine residents, followed by Philippines with 2,837 and Germany with 2,823.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.87%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
4.36k people
2.89%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
4.39k people

As of 2020, 2.87% of Penobscot County, ME residents (4.36k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Penobscot County, ME was 2.89%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,608 ± 317
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,110 ± 392
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,427 ± 235

Penobscot County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Penobscot County, ME employs 73.8k people. The largest industries in Penobscot County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,929 people), Retail Trade (10,700 people), and Educational Services (9,885 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($205,813), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($110,521), and Utilities ($59,483).

Males in Maine have an average income that is 1.24 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,223. The income inequality in Maine (measured using the Gini index) is 0.434, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

73.8k
2020 Value
± 1,955
1.21%
1 Year growth
± 3.55%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Penobscot County, ME grew at a rate of 1.21%, from 73k employees to 73.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Penobscot County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,440 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,234 people), and Management Occupations (6,177 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Penobscot County, ME.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

73.8k
2020 Value
± 1,955
1.21%
1 Year growth
± 3.55%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Penobscot County, ME grew at a rate of 1.21%, from 73k employees to 73.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Penobscot County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,929 people), Retail Trade (10,700 people), and Educational Services (9,885 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Penobscot County, ME, though some of these residents may live in Penobscot 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

$39,393
Median earning men ± $1,277
$30,563
Median earning women ± $979

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($56,068), Wholesale Trade ($54,859), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,753).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,561), Public Administration ($43,722), and Information ($39,679).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Maine. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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. 1,636
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 919
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 872
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $1.58M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $582k
    Manufacturing
  3. $458k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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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. $5.2B
  2. $3.72B
  3. $3.13B

In 2020, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $5.2B, followed by Gasoline ($3.72B) and Fuel oils ($3.13B).

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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$51.4B
2020 Value in Maine
$92.1B
Projected 2050 Value in Maine
79% growth

In 2020, total outbound Maine trade was $51.4B. This is expected to increase 79% to $92.1B by 2050.

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. $5.09B
  2. $4.73B
  3. $2.51B

In 2020, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $5.09B, followed by New Hampshire with $4.73B and New York and $2.51B.

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

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Penobscot County, ME went to Donald J. Trump with 52% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.15%).

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

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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In 2020, universities in Penobscot County, ME awarded 4,002 degrees. The student population of Penobscot County, ME in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 8,218 male students and 9,531 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Penobscot County, ME are White (3,399 and 87.6%), followed by Unknown (147 and 3.79%), Hispanic or Latino (85 and 2.19%), and Two or More Races (81 and 2.09%).

The largest universities in Penobscot County, ME by number of degrees awarded are University of Maine (2,494 and 62.3%), Husson University (1,031 and 25.8%), and Eastern Maine Community College (386 and 9.65%).

The most popular majors in Penobscot County, ME are General Business Administration & Management (438 and 10.9%), Registered Nursing (207 and 5.17%), and General Psychology (121 and 3.02%).

The median tuition costs in Penobscot County, ME are $18,360 for private four year colleges, and $9,240 and $30,030 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Penobscot County, ME, the percentage of applicants admitted was 91.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 16.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 17,749 (46.3% men and 53.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 17,749 students enrolled in Penobscot County, ME, 46.3% men and 53.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 14,257 records, of which 54.3% were women and 45.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 128 degree-majors awarded
  2. 114 degree-majors awarded
  3. 203 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Penobscot County, ME was Registered Nursing with 128 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,494 degrees awarded
  2. 1,031 degrees awarded
  3. 386 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Maine with 2,494 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 1,795 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Penobscot County, ME, which is 0.813 times less than the 2,207 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,399 degrees mean that there were 23.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 147 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($18,360) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,504) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

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 2020, 0.38% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.412% 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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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (348k), Some college (231k), and Bachelors Degree (211k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Penobscot County, ME was $148,300 in 2020, which is 0.645 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $144,700 to $148,300, a 2.49% increase. The homeownership rate in Penobscot County, ME is 70.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Penobscot County, ME have an average commute time of 22.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Penobscot County, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Penobscot County, ME is $52,128. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Penobscot County, ME was Census Tract 20 with a value of $89,651, followed by Census Tract 62 and Census Tract 110, with respective values of $82,474 and $81,496.

In 2021, 14.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Penobscot County, ME. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.07%.

Property

$148,300
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,023
$44,198
Median Property Taxes
±$1,333

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 Penobscot County, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Penobscot County, ME compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

70.1%
Homeownership
2020
62.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 70.1% of the housing units in Penobscot County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 20
  2. Census Tract 62
  3. Census Tract 110

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Penobscot County, ME was Census Tract 20 with a value of $89,651, followed by Census Tract 62 and Census Tract 110, with respective values of $82,474 and $81,496.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$52,128
Median Household Income
± $1,836
63.1k
Number of Households
± 1,822

In 2020, the median household income of the 63.1k households in Penobscot County, ME grew to $52,128 from the previous year's value of $50,808.

The following chart displays the households in Penobscot 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 Penobscot County, ME is from Maine.
0.434
2020 Wage GINI in Maine
0.439
2019 Wage GINI in Maine

In 2020, the income inequality in Maine was 0.434 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.2% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.4%)
  2. Carpooled (8.84%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.3%)

In 2020, 79.4% of workers in Penobscot County, ME drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.84%) and those who worked at home (6.3%).

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

22.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Penobscot County, ME have a shorter commute time (22.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.95% of the workforce in Penobscot 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 Penobscot County, ME distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Penobscot County, ME have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 14.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Penobscot County, ME. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.07%.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Penobscot County, ME (19.4k out of 145k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

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 2021, 13.9% of the children was living in poverty in Penobscot County, ME. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 7.7%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 86.3 in Penobscot County, ME. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 9.6 per 100,000 population.

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91.7% of the population of Penobscot County, ME has health coverage, with 45.4% on employee plans, 17.1% on Medicaid, 11.7% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 2.38% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Penobscot County, ME see 771 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.516% decrease from the previous year (775 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1170 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 178 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Maine, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

771 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Penobscot County, ME

Primary care physicians in Penobscot County, ME see an average of 771 patients per year. This represents a 0.516% decrease from the previous year (775 patients).

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Maine across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.1% under 18 years, 21.9% between 18 and 34 years, 39.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

8.34%
Uninsured
45.4%
Employer Coverage
17.1%
Medicaid
11.7%
Medicare
15.1%
Non-Group
2.38%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Penobscot County, ME declined by 5.34% from 8.82% to 8.34%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 46.2 in Penobscot County, ME.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, 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 34.2% in Penobscot County, ME.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.7% in Penobscot County, ME.

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