Reliable, accurate community-scale data is important for local decision-making, but often difficult for Maine’s island and remote coastal communities to access. The Island Institute works with partners at the county, state, and federal level, as well as the academic and private sectors, to gather and analyze data to meet the needs of these communities.

By providing easy access to quality information, our goal is to allow community leaders to invest more of their limited time and resources in action, and empower them with hard data so they can hold informed discussions, guide local planning processes, weigh in on policy initiatives, and anticipate future concerns.


The Island Institute’s "Waypoints: Community Indicators" series uses engaging, often never-before-seen data to communicate the character of our communities along with the challenges and opportunities before us.

Community Profiles

Community Profiles

Maine's year-round island communities are at the heart of everything we do. Learn more about each of these unique areas and discover everything from details about population, schools, infrastructure, and more.

Resource Library

Our Resource Library provides easy access to our vast array of research, program information, and other island-related resources. Search our website and archives and for information related to our work and our communities.