A wrap-up of our Data Monitor feature: The numbers tell the story

We looked at teacher salaries, warming temperatures, income levels, and a host of other metrics to describe life in Maine.
Partial graphic showing poverty levels in Maine. Shown in this partial graph is Washington County (18.1 percent), Piscataquis County (17.3), Aroostook County (14.3), Oxford County (13.4), Penobscot County (13.4), U.S. (12.8), Franklin County (12.5) and Waldo County (12.5).
A snapshot of data compiled by The Maine Monitor.

Since launching the Data Monitor vertical in May, The Maine Monitor newsroom has produced 16 stories providing snapshots of the data figures that shape Maine — from the money flowing across the state to how Mainers live.

We looked at how median household income jumped in many Maine communities between 2010 and 2020 and how Maine experienced the 12th highest percentage increase in overdose deaths in 2021 among all states.

In countywide snapshots, the newsroom examined Maine’s poverty levels and educational attainment.

Salaries across Maine were examined by the Monitor: these are the highest paid state of Maine employees; these are the highest paid University of Maine System employees; and these are the highest earners at Maine’s private colleges and universities.

We also noted that Maine’s average K-12 teacher salaries lag compared to the other New England states. At the same time, Maine’s private school leaders can make as much as twice the salary as public school principals.

Maine’s population grew by 3% from 2016 to 2021, and continued to grow in 2022, fueled by new out-of-state residents.

Plus, we took a historical look at climate change’s impact on Maine’s temperatures and at Maine’s bicycle crash data, the latter fueled by the increasing popularity of bicycling and a fatal crash in Windham.


Know of another data snapshot we should dive into? Send us an email and we just might: contact@themainemonitor.org

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George Harvey is the Multimedia Editor for The Maine Monitor. He oversees digital and newsletter production, coordinates social media content and shares the work of The Maine Monitor’s staff writers and contributors with media partners around the state. George previously worked in athletics administration, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University.
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