PORTLAND, Maine — Maine was one of seven states with fewer people in 2015 than the year before, according to census estimates released Tuesday.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Maine’s population dropped by about 928 people from July 2014 to July 2015. The Pine Tree State joined Connecticut, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, Vermont and West Virginia as states with estimated population declines.
Decreases in each of the states reflected minor dips relative to each state’s total population. Maine’s decline represented about a 0.1 percent drop, to an estimate of 1,329,328.
The decreases in two states — Mississippi and New Mexico — were basically zero when measured as a percentage of each state’s population.
The estimates are the first stab at population change and what drove those changes for the year that’s coming to a close.
Maine’s population was estimated to increase in 2014 because migration from other states and international migration offset a higher number of deaths than births for the year.
The latest data estimated Maine had about 450 more deaths than births for the year, with negative domestic migration outpacing an influx of about 1,500 new international immigrants to the state.