Maine Facts

State Location Maine Location In The US
State Abbreviation ME
Statehood March 15, 1820
State Capital Augusta
State Size Total (Land + Water): 35,385 sq miles; Land Only: 30,862 sq miles
Number of Counties 16
State Population (2015)1,329,328
State Population Density43.1 people / square mile
Electoral Votes4
State Quarter Issue Date June 2, 2003
State Motto Dirigo (I lead)
State Flower White pine cone and tassel
State Tree White pine
State Bird Chickadee
Nickname Pine Tree State
State Flag Maine State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.3001 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$2.00 / Pack
Area Codes 207
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Portland (66,194)
Lewiston (36,592)
Bangor (33,039)
South Portland (25,002)
Auburn (23,055)
Major Sports Teams None

Maine Fun Facts

  • Maine is the only state in the United States with one syllable.
  • Maine is the only state with just on other state on its border, New Hampshire.
  • Eastport, Maine is the eastern most U.S. city
  • Maine is the biggest harvester of lobsters in the United States.
  • In 1641, York became America’s first chartered city.
  • The nation's first sawmill was established near York in 1623.
  • You can be charged a fine in Maine for leaving your Christmas decorations up after January 14.
  • Maine is one of two states with an official State Herb, wintergreen.
  • Retailer L. L. Bean was founded in Freeport, Maine, in 1912.

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