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Maine
( The Pine Tree State )
Maine Map Maine used to be a French territory and its name comes from the French province of the same name. The largest of the New England states in area, Maine, in 1820, was the 23rd state to join the Union. The most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River is appropriately called the "Pine Tree State", as 90 percent of its land is forest. Maine forms the northeastern corner of the United States. West Quoddy Head is the country's easternmost piece of land. Along the famous rock-bound coast of Maine are lighthouses, sandy beaches, quiet fishing villages and thousands of offshore islands. Jagged rocks and cliffs, and thousands of bays and inlets add to the rugged beauty of Maine's coast. Inland, there are sparkling lakes, rushing rivers, green forests and towering mountains. Maine's Acadia National Park is the only national park in New England. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Maine include: Judd Nelson,

The Flag of Maine
Maine state flag Entered the Union in 1820 as the 23rd State; flag adopted in 1909. The motto refers to the North Star, Maine having once been the Northernmost State. Agriculture, shipping, and forestry are symbolized by other elements in the coat of arms.
 

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Portland, 64,249; Lewiston, 35,690; Bangor, 31,473; South Portland, 23,324; Auburn, 23,203; Brunswick town, 21,172; Biddeford, 20,942; Sanford town, 20,806; Augusta, 18,560; Scarborough town, 16,970
 
Business and Trade in Maine
Agriculture: Seafood, poultry and eggs, potatoes, dairy products, cattle, blueberries, apples.

Industries: Paper, lumber, and wood products, electric equipment, food processing, leather products, textiles, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Chickadee
  • Flower: White pine cone and tassel (pinus strobus, linnaeus)
  • Tree: Eastern White Pine
  • Song(s): State Song of Maine
  • Motto: Dirigo (I Direct)

Maine Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery - East Orland
Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge - Milbridge
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve - Wells
Roosevelt Campobello International Park - Lubec
Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge - Limestone
capital  Capital: Augusta

statehood  Statehood: 1820-03-15

population  Population:
1,274,923 (41.3 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 35,384.65
    Water 4,523.10
    Land 30,861.55
    Rank 39th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: New Hampshire

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Maine, there are 651,901 housing units, averaging to 21.1 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Down East
 
Posters and Artwork
Close-up of Rocks, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
Close-up of Rocks, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
Photographic Print 96" x 32"

 
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