AUGUSTA — New U.S. Census figures show about 121,000 Maine residents, or 9.4 percent, lacked health coverage in 2010, a slight improvement from the previous year and much better than the national rate.

The figures show an improvement since 2000, when 10.4 percent of Mainers lacked coverage.

The report says 16.3 percent of Americans, or 49.9 million, lacked health coverage in 2010. The percentage without coverage was not statistically different from the rate in 2009.

Maine figures from 2009 showed roughly 133,000 people, or about 10 percent of Maine’s population, without any kind of health coverage. That was lower than the national percentage and among the lowest nationally.