Many Mainers embrace the unofficial slogan “Maine, the way life should be” with gusto, but if the current trend continues, there may not be many Mainers left to celebrate life in Maine. WABI TV reports on March 16 that Maine’s death rate is on track to exceed its birthrate for the second year.
Although Washington and Piscataquis counties show the widest discrepancy between birth and death rate, deaths outnumber births in 11 of Maine’s 16 counties.
Economists, such as State Economist Amanda Rector, are concerned about the impact this will have on Maine’s economy.
If the trend of deaths outweighing births in Maine continues, Maine may have a difficult time filling the workforce as businesses continue to expand.
Maine currently ranks 24 out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in terms of life expectancy with the average life expectancy of 78.68 years. Hawaii ranks number one with a life expectancy of 81.48, while Mississippi brings up the rear at 74.61 years, says World Life Expectancy.