When you’ve lived in Northern New England for awhile, you begin to really notice how much older the general population is compared to other regions in the country. As one travels closer to the Canadian border, the more pronounced the aging.
In a nutshell, Northern New England is facing a Demographic Winter where the number of younger folks is simply insufficient to maintain current population levels.
This is bad news for towns all across the region. Needless to say, without people it won’t be long before the town itself begins to physically deteriorate. In fact, some towns in Maine have already dis-incorporated because of falling populations such as Centerville (2004), Madrid (2000) and Greenfield (1993). Unfortunately, this trend is likely to accelerate in the future.
The chart below shows the trend in population growth for the Northern New England states versus the national average. While all 3 states lag the national average, only New Hampshire comes close. Maine and Vermont lag much farther behind. In fact, in 2009, Maine lost population for the first time since the 1960s.
If Northern New England is going to be able to save its architectural heritage, more people must come here “from away.” It is very unlikely that the existing population base will be able to reverse these trends by themselves. This fact is one, of many, reasons for this website . . . more to come.