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Friday, October 21, 2005

Where Maine Works

Some interesting data was released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first time, the Bureau has estimated daytime population for American counties and selected places. Some towns and cities experience dramatic shifts in population at the beginning of each workday: Washington D.C.'s population increases by 71.88%, while Lake Buena Vista, Florida, sees 30,758 workers join its measly 16 permanent residents.

Maine as a state loses 1.2% of its population each day to commuting. Only Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, and Penobscot Counties gain population, while Lincoln, Waldo, and York are the biggest losers.
Androscoggin-2.7%
Aroostook-0.9%
Cumberland10.5%
Franklin-0.8%
Hancock-0.6%
Kennebec1.2%
Knox3.0%
Lincoln-9.4%
Oxford-8.5%
Penobscot2.4%
Piscataquis-3.0%
Sagadahoc-2.1%
Somerset-5.7%
Waldo-11.3%
Washington-1.1%
York-15.4%
Among American cities with population between 50,000 and 99,999, Portland ranks 18th, based on percent change in daytime population. 30,320 people commute to work in Portland, increasing the city's population by 47.2%. 61.9% of Portland's workforce lives in town.

Of the 39 Maine towns and cities included in the report, Freeport topped the list in daily gain, nearly tripling its population each workday. Old Orchard is the biggest "bedroom community" listed, with an almost 40% daily drop in population.

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