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The goal of our study was to determine how human population changed in the towns of the Belgrade Lakes Region and to project future population trends using existing rates of increase. We obtained population data for the towns in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine (from 1950 to 2000 by decade) from Maine Office of GIS and proceeded to analyze them. Our analysis concluded that town populations in the Belgrade Lakes region increased by an average rate of 21.47%. The township of Oakland experienced the most population growth, increasing by 3,280 people, while Vienna experienced the least population growth, increasing by 296 people. All twelve townships experienced their highest percent population increase between 1970 and 1980. If current growth rates were to continue at the same pace, the towns of Sidney and Belgrade would experience dramatic growth at rates of 83.65% and 57.23% between 2000 and 2020, respectively.

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Alex is an Environmental Studies major with a science concentration.

Matthew is an Environmental Studies major with a concentration in policy.

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