Somerset County, ME

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2020 Population
50,573
0.105% 1-year growth
US Senator
Susan Collins
Republican Party
US Senator
Angus King
Independent Party
2020 Median Age
46.9
1.08% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
19.5%
4.12% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$45,382
2.54% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$122,400
5.79% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
22,318
1.73% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Somerset County, ME had a population of 50.6k people with a median age of 46.9 and a median household income of $45,382. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Somerset County, ME grew from 50,520 to 50,573, a 0.105% increase and its median household income grew from $44,256 to $45,382, a 2.54% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Somerset County, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (95.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.81%), White (Hispanic) (0.773%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.601%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.579%).

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.

99.2% of the residents in Somerset County, ME are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Somerset County, ME are Kennebec Valley Community College (494 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Somerset County, ME was $122,400, and the homeownership rate was 76.5%. Most people in Somerset County, ME drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.7 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,

Diversity

Somerset County, ME is home to a population of 50.6k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.74% of Somerset County, ME residents were born outside of the country (878 people).

In 2020, there were 52.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (48.3k people) in Somerset County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 916 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 391 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Somerset County, ME
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    48.3k ± 62
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    916 ± 136
  3. White (Hispanic)
    391 ± 92
1.13%
Hispanic Population
572 people

In 2020, there were 52.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (48.3k people) in Somerset County, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 916 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 391 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.13% of the people in Somerset County, ME are hispanic (572 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.74%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
878 people
1.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
859 people

As of 2020, 1.74% of Somerset County, ME residents (878 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 Somerset County, ME was 1.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

47
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
60
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.6

In 2020, the median age of all people in Somerset County, ME was 46.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 47, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 60. But people in Somerset County, ME are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Somerset County, ME residents was 46.

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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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Citizenship

99.2%
2020 Citizenship
99.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.2% of Somerset County, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Somerset County, ME was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,630 ± 202
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    979 ± 279
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    547 ± 179

Somerset County, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

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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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Maine (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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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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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Economy

Median household income in Somerset County, ME is $45,382. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Somerset County, ME was Census Tract 9670 with a value of $59,475, followed by Census Tract 9661 and Census Tract 9653.01, with respective values of $52,411 and $49,075.

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.

The economy of Somerset County, ME employs 22.3k people. The largest industries in Somerset County, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,674 people), Retail Trade (3,391 people), and Manufacturing (2,547 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,482), Information ($48,510), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,327).

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,382
2020 value
± $2,694
2.54%
1 Year Growth
± 8.13%

Households in Somerset County, ME have a median annual income of $45,382, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,256 in 2019, which represents a 2.54% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$62,031
Average Male Salary in Maine
± $2,650
$50,223
Average Female Salary in Maine
± $2,206

In 2020, full-time male employees in Maine made 1.24 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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 in Maine
  1. Asian
    $50,179 ± $15,705
  2. White
    $48,440 ± $1,571
  3. Other
    $44,658 ± $29,377

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Maine workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Maine.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Somerset 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.

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 9670
  2. Census Tract 9661
  3. Census Tract 9653.01

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Somerset County, ME was Census Tract 9670 with a value of $59,475, followed by Census Tract 9661 and Census Tract 9653.01, with respective values of $52,411 and $49,075.

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 Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Somerset County, ME (9.71k out of 49.8k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 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
    9,259 ± 676
  2. Two Or More
    232 ± 132
  3. Hispanic
    92 ± 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

22.3k
2020 Value
± 1,050
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 6.22%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Somerset County, ME grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 21.9k employees to 22.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Somerset County, ME, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,008 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,210 people), and Production Occupations (2,186 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 (3,008 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,210 people), and Production Occupations (2,186 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 (3.95 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.75 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Somerset County, ME, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($121,333), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($104,167), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,329).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.3k
2020 Value
± 1,050
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 6.22%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Somerset County, ME grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 21.9k employees to 22.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Somerset County, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,674 people), Retail Trade (3,391 people), and Manufacturing (2,547 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 (3,674 people), Retail Trade (3,391 people), and Manufacturing (2,547 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Somerset County, ME has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.4 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.38 times), and Construction (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Somerset County, ME, by median earnings, are Utilities ($58,482), Information ($48,510), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,327).

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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. $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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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%). The most partisan county was Cumberland County, ME with 65.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Somerset County, ME
59.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Maine
  1. 65.7% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 61.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 59.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Maine was Cumberland County, ME with 65.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Maine colored by their party leaning.

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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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Maine over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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 2020, universities in Somerset County, ME awarded 494 degrees. The student population of Somerset County, ME is skewed towards women, with 772 male students and 1,525 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Somerset County, ME are White (452 and 91.9%), followed by Unknown (14 and 2.85%), Hispanic or Latino (8 and 1.63%), and Black or African American (5 and 1.02%).

The largest universities in Somerset County, ME by number of degrees awarded are Kennebec Valley Community College (494 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Somerset County, ME are General Health Services (45 and 9.11%), Registered Nursing (38 and 7.69%), and Medical Assistant (36 and 7.29%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 38 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 35 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 26 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Somerset County, ME was Registered Nursing 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
494 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Somerset County, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kennebec Valley Community College with 494 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

192
Degrees Awarded to Men
302
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 192 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Somerset County, ME, which is 0.636 times less than the 302 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Somerset County, ME by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    452 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    14 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    8 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Somerset County, ME was White students. These 452 degrees mean that there were 32.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 14 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Somerset County, ME was $122,400 in 2020, which is 0.533 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $115,700 to $122,400, a 5.79% increase. The homeownership rate in Somerset County, ME is 76.5%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Somerset County, ME have an average commute time of 27.7 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.

Housing

Property Value

$122,400
2020 Median
± $3,817
$115,700
2019 Median
± $3,234

In 2020, the median property value in Somerset County, ME grew to to $122,400 from the previous year's value of $115,700.

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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Household Income

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$45,382
Median Household Income
± $2,694
21.6k
Number of Households
± 1,009

In 2020, the median household income of the 21.6k households in Somerset County, ME grew to $45,382 from the previous year's value of $44,256.

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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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

76.5%
2020 Homeownership
76.1%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 76.5% of the housing units in Somerset County, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Somerset County, ME compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

27.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Somerset County, ME have a longer commute time (27.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 4.28% of the workforce in Somerset County, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.3%)
  2. Carpooled (9.95%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.79%)

In 2020, 79.3% of workers in Somerset County, ME drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.95%) and those who worked at home (7.79%).

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in 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 false.

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Health

90.7% of the population of Somerset County, ME has health coverage, with 37.1% on employee plans, 24.9% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.91% 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 Somerset County, ME see 1807 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.7% increase from the previous year (1633 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5609 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 574 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15%). Additionally, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,807 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Somerset County, ME

Primary care physicians in Somerset County, ME see an average of 1,807 patients per year. This represents a 10.7% increase from the previous year (1,633 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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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

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

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

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Health Care Spending

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$9,531
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Maine
$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

9.27%
Uninsured
37.1%
Employer Coverage
24.9%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
12.9%
Non-Group
2.91%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Somerset County, ME declined by 1.08% from 9.37% to 9.27%.

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. 15% prevalence
  2. 13.1% prevalence
  3. 12.3% prevalence

Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maine, at 15%.

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

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