Welcome to Maine
Maine is the easternmost state in the United States.
Maine’s nickname is “The Pine Tree State” because over 80% of the total land in Maine is covered by forest or is unclaimed.
Maine is the least densely populated U.S. state east of the Mississippi River.
The capital city of Maine is Augusta and the most populous city in Maine is Portland. From the beginning Maine’s state capital was Portland until it was moved to the more central Augusta in 1832.
Maine is the 12th smallest state by area and the 9th least populous state of all the 50 U.S states.
Maine is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, New Hampshire to the west and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Québec to the northeast and northwest.
Maine is the only U.S state to border just one other state, New Hampshire.
Maine is known for its rocky coastline with low, rolling mountains and picturesque waterways. Maine is also covered with forest.
Maine is well known for its seafood cuisine, especially lobster and clams.
The well known and recognized West Quoddy Head Light Station is the easternmost point in the U.S.A. and the closest place in the United States to Africa and Europe. The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 4, 1980.
the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse was built in 1858 and has distinctive red-and-white stripes.
Maine has a humid continental climate with warm humid summers and cold winters.
The winters in Maine are very snowy and are especially severe in the Northern and Western parts of Maine.
The immediate coastal areas in Maine have milder winters and cooler summers and the late spring and summer months are usually driest.
Maine has fewer days of thunderstorms than any other state east of the Rocky Mountains and tornados are rare in Maine. Maine only occasionally sees tropical cyclones.
If the state of Maine have thunderstorms and tornadoes they often occur in the Sebago Lakes & Foothills region of the state.
Commercial fishing was once a mainstay of the Maine state’s economy and even today maintains a presence, particularly lobstering and groundfishing. Lobster is the main seafood focus for Maine but the harvest of both oysters and seaweed are on the rise.
With an ever-decreasing Northern shrimp population, Maine fishermen are no longer allowed to catch and sell shrimp.
Maine’s industrial outputs consist chiefly of paper, wood and lumber products, electronic equipment, textiles, leather products, food products and bio-technology.
Maine is the number one US producer of low-bush blueberries and is also one of the largest blueberry producer state in the US including both low (wild), and high-bush (cultivated) blueberries.
The largest toothpick manufacturing plant in the United States used to be located in Strong, Maine and closed in May 2003.
Tourism is very important for Maine and the state is a popular destination for sport fishing, sport hunting (particularly moose, deer and bear), snowmobiling, boating, skiing, camping and hiking, among other activities.
Quick facts about Maine
- Nickname: The Pine Tree State
- Capital city: Augusta
- Largest city: Portland
- Area: 35,385 sq mi (91,646 km²) (ranked 39th of 50)
- Population: Est, 1,338,404 (ranked 42 of 50)
- Highest point: Mount Katahdin
- Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean
- Latitude: 42° 58′ N to 47° 28′ N
- Longitude: 66° 57′ W to 71° 5′ W
- Bordering states: New Hampshire