Baby boomer in Maine? Ha, no. It’s actually more of a baby bust.

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Remember all the talk about a COVID baby boom?

I remember when the lockdown first happened there was a lot of speculation that there could be a baby boom. You know … all kinds of people locked in the house doing nothing, alcohol delivery had just become a thing, and you would assume it was the perfect storm to bring on a flood of little babies.

There were press articles about it. There were actors who did entire sketches about it. We just assumed the lockdown was just a bunch of people running around naked, with an insatiable appetite for nothing but procreating like real rabbits. Well, it turns out the data doesn’t support any of that. And it started before the pandemic.

Mainers die faster than they are born.

As it turns out, over the past two years, 2019 and 2020, the death rate has exceeded the birth rate here in Maine. Besides, not just Maine. New Hampshire and Vermont have been through the same thing, according to UNH Carsey School of Public Policy.

As it turns out, over the past two years, 2019 and 2020, the death rate has exceeded the birth rate here in Maine.

Granted, there were a record number of deaths in 2020 compared to 2019 nationally. 18% more people died in 2020 than the year before, which is quite significant. But 5 states, including Maine, have been living this since before the start of the pandemic. Probably before, people were leaving Maine at a higher rate.

Will Maine bounce back?

Probably? People have moved here at an all-time high over the past 18 months. So there is a chance that over time we can gain ground on this issue. It would be nice to see the number increase. Maine is a wonderful place to live, and it would be nice to have a strong workforce for the future, as well as a strong population.

Hopefully that’s a case where it’s not “As Maine goes, so goes the nation …”

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