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Economic Impact

BrunswickFor over 200 years, Bowdoin College's cultural, educational, and economic contributions to Brunswick, Greater Midcoast Region, and the State of Maine have been important drivers of stable employment and investment in local businesses. The College has also made—and continues to make—significant financial contributions to local non-profits and municipalities.

This year, Bowdoin is the 24th largest private employer in Maine. The College has contributed over $42 million in salaries to Brunswick area residents, more than $20.8 million in purchases from Maine vendors (of which $3.1 million were spent in Brunswick), and attracted thousands of visitors to the Midcoast area.

The collection of data below may be used as a reference to document Bowdoin's ongoing economic impact and contributions.  Download a PDF of this information.

Unless otherwise noted, the source of all data is Bowdoin College.


Bowdoin College Total Employment

  • 199 Faculty (Full Time Equivalent)
  • 344 Administrators (Full Time Equivalent)
  • 362 Support Staff (Full Time Equivalent)
  • 905 Employees (Full Time Equivalent)

(As of September 2013)

Largest Employers in Brunswick

500 – 1000 employees:

  • Bowdoin College
  • Mid Coast Hospital

(As of June 2013. Source: Maine Dept. of Labor)

Employment Rank of Bowdoin College in Maine

24th Largest Private Employer in Maine

(As of 1st Quarter 2013. Source: Maine Dept. of Labor, Center for Workforce Research)

Bowdoin College Total Payroll

$61.7 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2013)

Bowdoin College Salaries Paid to Area Residents*

$42.6 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2013) * includes Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Freeport, Georgetown, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Topsham, and West Bath.

Bowdoin College Salaries Paid to Brunswick Residents

$28.7 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2013)

Taxes and Fees

Ten Largest Tax Payers in Brunswick

  1. Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Association
  2. Bath Iron Works Corp.
  3. Affordable Midcoast Housing, LLC
  4. BIF II US Renewable, LLC
  5. Developers Diversified Cooks Corner, LP
  6. Wal-Mart Stores
  7. Thornton Oaks Homeowners Assn. Corp.
  8. W/S Brunswick Properties, LP
  9. Central Maine Power Company
  10. Bowdoin College

(Year Ending June 30, 2013. Source: Town of Brunswick Tax Assessor)

Property Taxes Paid by Bowdoin College


(Year Ending June 30, 2013)

Fees Paid by Bowdoin College to the Town of Brunswick

  • $7,731 Tipping Fees (Refuse, dump fees)
  • $11,432 License Fees, Vehicle License Fees and Permit Fees
  • $3,666 Fire/Police/Rescue Details, Alarms & Related Fees

$22,829 Total Fees Paid

(Year Ending June 30, 2013)

State Income Taxes Collected by Bowdoin College

$3.04 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2013)

Charitable and Other Contributions

Community Investment

Community Service and Volunteerism

Maine Students at Bowdoin College