Welcome to Augusta, Maine!
Mayor: Roger J. Katz
Maine is a geographically
large, but sparsely populated state, with approximately 55% of its
1,274,923 residents living in rural communities (1).
Augusta, Maine's capital and my hometown, is a city of approximately
18,560 people (as of the 2000 census). The first people to
live in the area were the Wabanaki Indians, but it was explored by
the Plymouth Pilgrims as early as 1625, and was officially chartered
as a city in 1849. Today, Augusta is home to nearly all of
Maine's governmental offices, and because of its small size, safety,
and close proximity to Portland (Maine's largest city) and Belgrade
Lakes (a popular vacationing area), it attracts homebuyers and
visitors of all ages.
As demonstrated in Table 1, AIDS is not currently a problem in Augusta compared to the rest of the United States. Specifically, the cumulative AIDS rate for Augusta is merely 1/3 of the national AIDS rate (i.e., 102 cases per 100,000 people and 339, respectively). Upon first glance, Augusta's AIDS rate appears to be a problem compared to the statewide rate of 95 cases per 100,000 people (see Table 1). However, closer analysis suggests that this difference between Augusta's AIDS rate and the statewide AIDS rate is so small that it is likely to only reflect about two more people with AIDS in Augusta over the past 25 years. Indeed, when compared to other select cities and towns in Maine, Augusta has only the seventh highest cumulative AIDS rate in the entire state.
Nevertheless, it is important to note that, despite having a low cumulative AIDS rate compared to the national figures, AIDS still poses a threat (albeit minimal) in Maine, and for this reason, it should not be completely ignored in Augusta.
Median Income: $43,230
Number of Households: 8,565
Racial Makeup: 95.21% White, 0.50% Black, 0.48% Native American, 0.01% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander