BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division recently released updated population estimates for 2013.
NEWS CENTER's media partners at the Portland Press Herald report that the estimates reveal decreasing populations in many northern Maine cities when compared to the 2010 census.
Among those cities, Bangor has seen the biggest drop, with an estimated 366 fewer residents than the 2010 census reported.
Bangor City Council Chair Ben Sprague is optimistic, despite the new data.
"I think without a doubt you look around the community and you see Bangor growing in incredible ways," he said. "There's new businesses. There's new restaurants. There's new cultural events happening."
The estimates show large population drops in Presque Isle and Caribou as well.
Presque Isle has lost 290 people, and Caribou is down 237 people from 2010.
While many northern cities appear to be shrinking, the data shows a population increase in southern cities and towns.
Gorham, Scarborough and Saco have seen an average increase of 425 residents in the past three years.
To see the Portland Press Herald's interactive data map, click here.