Maine is the 41st-most populous state in the United States. With a median age of over 40 years, Maine also has the oldest population of the 50 states. The combination of the harsh winter climate, an aging population, and at-times stark variances in income between counties has created a unique picture of poverty in Maine. Concerns center on ensuring access to services for at-risk seniors, as well as the unique challenges of rural poverty. Additionally, following the 2010 U.S. Census, a deep concern arose regarding Maine’s statewide child poverty rate. Surpassing that of the overall population, this issue has garnered much attention and has become a point of controversy within the state.

Rural Poverty

Although poverty affects both the urban (e.g., areas of Lewiston-Auburn and Bangor) and ...

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