Maine Facts, Stats and Information

Maine Facts

  • U.S. State Name: Maine
  • U.S. State Abbreviation: ME
  • U.S. Region: Northeastern United States
  • Admission to the Union: March 15th, 1820
  • Total Area: 35,385 sq. mi.
  • Total Population: 1,362,359 (2020 USCB)
  • Capital City: Augusta, ME
  • Largest City: Portland, ME

62 Maine Facts

  1. Maine is one of the 50 states of the United States of America.
  2. Maine was the 23rd state to join the United States on March 15, 1820.
  3. Maine is in the northeastern region of the United States.
  4. Maine is the 39th largest U.S. state, covering a total of 35,379.74 square miles or 0.93% of the total area of the United States.
  5. Maine's 35,379.74 square miles is 87.18% land and 12.82% surface water.
  6. Maine is ranked 39th with the most land area in the United States, with 30,842.92 square miles of land area.
  7. Maine is ranked 12th with the most water area in the United States, with 4,536.82 square miles of water area.
  8. Maine is the 42nd most populated U.S. state with a population of 1,362,359 or 0.41% of the total population of the United States.
  9. The state capital of Maine is the city of Augusta.
  10. Maine is divided into 16 counties statewide.
  11. Cumberland County is the most populated county in Maine
  12. The most populated city in Maine is Portland with an estimated 66,417 residents.
  13. The five most populated city in Maine are Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland and Auburn.
  14. A native or resident Maine is called a Mainer.
  15. Maine's average elevation statewide is 600 feet.
  16. Maine's highest elevation point is Mount Katahdin at 5,270 feet.
  17. Maine's lowest elevation point is the Atlantic Ocean at 0 feet.
  18. Maine is all in the Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  19. The two letter abbreviation for Maine is ME.
  20. The ISO 3166 code for Maine is US-ME.
  21. Maine is called the Pine Tree State.
  22. The estimated median household income in Maine is $58,924.
  23. Maine is the 25th most expensive U.S. state to buy a home with an estimated median home price of $242,316.
  24. Maine is ranked 12th on the cost of living index out of all 50 U.S. states.
  25. Maine has the oldest population in the United States with a median age of 45.
  26. Maine's average temperature is 43.09°F making it the 47th warmest state in the United States.
  27. Maine on average has 45.49 inches of precipitation per year, making it the 17th wettest U.S. state.
  28. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Maine was 105 °F on Monday, July 10, 1911, in North Bridgton, ME.
  29. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Maine was -50 °F on Friday, January 16, 2009, in Clayton Lake, ME.
  30. There is an estimated 6,000 lakes and ponds in Maine.
  31. There is more than 32,000 miles of rivers and streams that run through Maine
  32. Maine’s coastline, when you include inlets and islands, is 3,478 miles long.
  33. Maine has more than 4,000 islands, only 1,200 of them are bigger than an acre.
  34. There are an estimated 4,500 lobstermen in Maine, and they harvest around 40 million pounds of lobster every year.
  35. There is an estimated 17 million acres of forest in Maine
  36. Maine’s state and national parks are collectively more than 500,000 acres in total size.
  37. Maine is the only U.S. state with a one syllable name.
  38. The most eastern city in the United States is Eastport, Maine.
  39. Maine is home to some of the oddest museums, such as the Maine Coast Sardine History Museum and the I nternational Cryptozoology Museum.
  40. In 1000s, evidence suggests Norse explorer Leif Erikson may have reached modern-day Maine.
  41. In 1524, Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano sails along the coast of Maine.
  42. In 1604, French explorer Pierre Dugua de Mons establishes the first European colony in Maine on St. Croix Island.
  43. In 1775, the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War is fought off the coast of Maine.
  44. In 1794, Bowdoin College is established and becomes the first post-secondary institution in Maine.
  45. In 1820, Maine becomes the 23rd state of the United States of America.
  46. In 1863, the Battle of Portland Harbor was fought in Maine and was the only battle fought in Maine during the American Civil War.
  47. In 1866, a major fire known as Portland's Great Fire of 1866 burns a large portion of Portland, Maine.
  48. In 1888, Melville Fuller becomes the first Maine born native to join the United States Supreme Court.
  49. In 1974, James B. Longley becomes Governor of Maine and first elected independent governor in the United States.
  50. In 1987, the Maine Flood of 1987 causes $215 million (2017 USD) in damage and results in the death of five people.
  51. In 1998, Maine is hit by a devastating ice storm, resulting in electricity loss for over 50% of the state.
  52. Poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine on February 27th, 1807. He is known for translating the Italian narrative poem Divine Comedy.
  53. Politician Hannibal Hamlin was born in Paris, Maine on August 27th, 1809. He is known for serving as the 15th vice president of the United States.
  54. College professor Joshua Chamberlain was born in Brewer, Maine on September 8th, 1828. He is known for his courageous behavior during the Battle of Gettysburg.
  55. Professional baseball manager and player Bill Carrigan was born in Lewiston, Maine on October 22nd, 1883. He is known for winning three World Series titles during his career, two of the consecutively.
  56. Author Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine on September 21st, 1947. He is known for selling more than 350 million copies of his various horror novels.
  57. Actor Patrick Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine on January 13th, 1966. He is known for his success in television and movies, such as Grey’s Anatomy and Sweet Home Alabama respectively.
  58. Professional ice hockey player Brian Dumoulin was born in Biddeford, Maine on September 6th, 1991. He was the 51st overall draft pick for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
  59. Maine's official state motto is "Dirigo" (Latin: I direct).
  60. Maine's official state bird is the Chickadee (Not specified in state law).
  61. Maine's official state tree is the Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus).
  62. Maine's official state flower is the White pine cone and tassel (Pinus strobus).

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Maine on a Map of the United States of America

The state of Maine and its regional area on a Map of the United States of America.

The Official State Flag of Maine

The official state flag of Maine waving in the wind on a flag pole.

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The official state seal of Maine that is used by the state's government.

Augusta the state capital of Maine

Augusta the capital city of Maine.

Portland, Maine, United States

Portland, Maine, United States of America.

Portland Head Lighthouse In Casco Bay

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