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Maine is the most northeastern state in the Union, bordered by Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada, and New Hampshire in the U.S. This beautiful state is known for its forested mountains and rugged coastlines.

Fun Facts

  • Native people lived in the area that is now Maine at least 3,000 years ago. The Viking explorer Leif Erikson might have sailed along the Maine coastline.
  • Colonists from England first settled in Maine in the 1620s; in 1677, Maine became part of Massachusetts until 1820, when it became a separate state.
  • Tourism plays a big role in Maine’s economy, as does fishing.
  • Maine is home to more than 60 lighthouses, which warn ships of the coastline’s treacherous rocks.
  • Protecting the environment is very important to the people of Maine.
  • Puffins, those cute little penguin-like birds, nest in burrows along Maine’s coast.
  • Forests grow over 90 percent of Maine’s land.
  • Maine is a leading producer of blueberries, which thrive in the state’s acidic soil. The state also produces seafood, apples, dairy products, potatoes, and poultry.
  • The first donut holes came from Rockport, Maine.
  • Maine is the largest New England state geographically. It is also the least densely populated state east of the Mississippi.

Maine Quick Stats

Population: 1,328,361

State capital: Augusta (population 19,136)

Largest city: Portland (population 66,194)

Largest Metro: Greater Portland

State bird: chickadee

State flower: white pine cone and tassel

Admission to Union: March 15, 1820

Questions and Answers

Question: What famous people have come from Maine?

Answer: Maine’s rugged natural beauty must inspire literary effort. 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow came from Maine, as does horror writer Stephen King.

Learn More

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