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Posted: Feb 20, 2014

Map: the urban-rural divide of Maine’s economy

Commercial Confidential — Business and economics news for greater Portland

Yesterday, I posted a map here (link) that offered a striking visualization of how much a small handful of metropolitan areas contribute to the nation’s economy.

Maine’s commonly perceived as a rural state, but as it happens, a similar pattern holds up here. Here’s a view of Maine’s economy split in half: half of the state’s economic activity happens in the relatively small southern corner, colored orange, and the other half happens in the much larger blue-shaded portion.

Portland-South_Portland-Biddeford_Metropolitan_Area_and_Portland-Lewiston-South_Portland_CSA

Here’s some of the data behind the map (from the same report from the US Conference of Mayors that I cited in yesterday’s post):
 

Portland-Biddeford metropolitan area (York, Cumberland, and Sagadahoc Counties)
$25.94 billion
Bangor metropolitan area
$5.49 billion
Lewiston-Auburn metropolitan area
$3.82 billion
Maine’s total gross state product:
$51.6 billion

 

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