The first Island Indicators is a compilation of demographic, economic, and social data available for Maine's 15 year-round island communities. Its immediate purpose is twofold: to highlight the opportunities and challenges facing these island communities, and to provide them and the Island Institute with information to support community initiatives and advocacy efforts.
The indicators described in the following report are intended to convey a glimpse into the realities of Maine's year-round island communities; to take a snapshot, if you will, of what they look like today. Over time, the data will change; thus, the Island Indicators Report is also intended to serve as a baseline against which to measure change in the future. In this way, this and future Island Indicators Reports will become more meaningful over time as further data are collected and trends become visible.