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Maine State Profile

Where is Maine ?
Maine is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick on the north; by the Atlantic Ocean on the southeast and south; and by New Hampshire and Quebec on the west.

What is the capital of Maine ?
Augusta is the capital city of Maine. It is the third-smallest state capital after Montpelier, Vermont and Pierre, South Dakota.

What is the largest city of Maine ?
The largest city in Maine is Portland covering an area of 52.6 square miles. As per the 2010 census, the state had an estimated population of 66,194. The city houses more than one-third of the state's total population.

How big is Maine ?
The total area covered by Maine is 33,265 square miles, including 30,995 square miles of land and 2,270 square miles of inland water. The estimated population of the state is 1,328,361.

What are the administrative divisions of Maine ?
Maine is divided into sixteen political jurisdictions designated as counties. Cumberland is the most populous county while the largest county in terms of area is Aroostook.

What is the nickname of Maine ?
Maine is nicknamed the "Pine Tree State." The nickname refers to the pine tree that is the official state tree. The tree also features on the state flag and state seal. There are over seventeen million acres of forests in Maine.

Who are the political leaders of Maine ?
Governor: Paul LePage
President of the Senate: Kevin Raye

What is the official language of Maine ?
The official language of Maine is English. French, German, Chinese, Italian and Russian are the minority languages.

What are the religions practiced in Maine ?
Christianity is the official religion of the US state of Maine. Protestantism is the largest denomination. The other denominations include Roman Catholicism, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Episcopal and Methodist Church.

What is the economy of Maine like ?
The total gross state product of Maine in 2010 was $52 billion while the per capita personal income was $33,991. Agriculture, transportation, textiles, biotechnology, paper products, electrical equipment, ship-building, leather products are the major sectors/industries of the state. Poultry, eggs, dairy products, cattle, wild blueberries, apples, and potatoes are the principal agricultural products. Fishing is an important industry. The unemployment rate of Maine is 7.4 percent.

When did Maine achieve statehood ?
Maine is the twenty-third US state admitted to the Union on March 15, 1820. Before achieving statehood, it was known as the District of Maine.

What are the famous places in Maine ?
Maine is home to a number of tourist destinations. There are numerous historic sites and museums in the state like James G. Blaine House, Fort Kent, Fort Knox, Hamilton House, Morse-Libby Mansion, and Penobscot Marine Museum. The state is also home to a number of amusement parks such as the Funtown. Old Orchard Beach, Baxter State Park, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and the Stanton Bird Sanctuary are other major attractions.

What are the state symbols of Maine ?
  • State Animal : The moose (Alces alces) was designated the official state animal in 1979. The animal is mostly found in the northern forests of North America, Europe, and Russia.

  • State Bird : The black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is the official state bird of Maine. It was adopted as the state bird in 1927. It is a common backyard bird inhabiting the northern two-thirds of the United States and much of Canada.

  • State Tree : The Eastern white pine was designated the official state tree in 1945. Maine gets its nickname the "Pine Tree State" from the state tree. It is the tallest tree in eastern North America.

  • State Flower : The white pine cone and tassel (Pinus strobus, Linnaeus) was designated the official state floral emblem in 1895. It is also the state tree and is considered the largest conifer in the northeastern United States.

  • State Flag : Maine adopted the state flag in 1909. The flag has a blue background that displays Maine's coat-of-arms. Above the coat of arms is the shining North star and the state's motto "Dirigo" (I Lead, or I Direct). The farmer and the sailor on the flag symbolize agriculture and strong ties to the sea, respectively. In the center of the shield are symbols depicting the natural richness of the state: a pine tree, a moose, sea, and sky.


Last Updated on: August 9th, 2017