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Fast Facts named the City of Bangor to its list of America’s Top 100 Places to Live. Bangor’s qualities included local leadership, employment opportunities, community commitment, real estate markets, green initiatives, recreational options and an overall high quality of life.


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U. S. Census 2010 data shows Bangor’s population is 33,039. Bangor is the third largest city of Maine’s (State of Maine population 1,328,361) five hundred thirty-two minor civil divisions, and is one of only three cities that have populations over 30,000. Bangor is the hub city of the second largest MSA in Maine, the Bangor MSA with a population of 153,923. (2010 Census Bureau estimate)

Bangor’s population is 53 percent female and 47 percent male. The median age was 36.8 years. Bangor’s population age distribution is shown in the charts below. In 2010, 18% of Bangor’s population was under the age of 18, 24% from 18 to 29, 12% from 30 to 39, 13% from 40 to 49, 13% from 50 to 59, 9% from 60 to 69, and 11% who were 70 years of age or older. (Source: 2010 Census).


The City of Bangor is largely homogenous, but Bangor’s minority population is growing. In 2010, minorities made up about 7 percent of Bangor’s population, up from 5 percent in 2000. For people reporting one race alone, 93 percent was White; 1 percent was Black or African American; 1 percent was American Indian and Alaska Native; 3 percent was Asian; less than 0.5 percent was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 1 percent was some other race. Two percent reported two or more races. One percent of the people in Bangor were Hispanic. Ninety-three percent of the people in Bangor were White non-Hispanic. (Source: U. S. Census American Community Survey, 2005-2009)

Household and Families

In 2005-2009 there were 14,000 households in Bangor. The average household size was 2.1 people. Families made up 50 percent of the households in Bangor. This figure includes both married-couple families (34 percent) and other families (16 percent).

Nonfamily households made up 50 percent of all households in Bangor city. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

The Types of Households in Bangor city, Maine in 2005-2009

In terms of housing units, 2010 Census data show 15,674 housing units in Bangor, up from 14,587 housing units in 2000. Of the 15,674 units, 92.4 percent were occupied and 7.6 percent were vacant.

Geographic Mobility

In 2005-2009, 74 percent of the people at least one year old living in Bangor city were living in the same residence one year earlier; 16 percent had moved during the past year from another residence in the same county, 6 percent from another county in the same state, 3 percent from another state, and 1 percent from abroad.

Geographic Mobility of Residents of Bangor city, Maine in 2005-2009