The Working Waterfront

Cumberland is Maine’s fastest growing county

Census bureau updates numbers

Staff Writer
Posted 2015-03-26
Last Modified 2015-03-26

The U.S. Census Bureau reported on where the heaviest population growth in Maine was concentrated last year.

The fastest-growing county in Maine between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, was Cumberland, whose population rose 0.67 percent over the period. Cumberland was followed by York (0.62 percent), Knox (0.22 percent), Waldo (0.19 percent) and Kennebec (0.04 percent).

With respect to numerical growth, Cumberland added 1,931 people over the period, more than any other county in the state. It was followed by York, which grew by 1,247 people, Knox (88), Waldo (76) and Kennebec (56). Cumberland is the most populous county in Maine, with 287,797 residents, followed by York and Penobscot.

This information is based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, county equivalents, metropolitan statistical areas, and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2014. Internet tables are available showing rankings and components of population change (births, deaths, migration).