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10 Largest Cities in Maine




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Maine State Facts

Capital: Augusta

Largest city: Portland

Highest point: Mount Katahdin, 5,270 ft in Baxter State Park

Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean, sea level

Admission to Union: March 15, 1820 (23rd)

Maine State Information

Maine state seal

Maine is the most peaceful state in America

Almost 89% of Maine is forested

U.S. Route 1 starts in Fort Kent and runs to Florida

Maine is the only U.S. state to have a name one syllable long

Knox County hosts a Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blues Festival each summer

Over 90% of the nation's lobsters are caught all along the Maine coasts

Maine has 62 lighthouses, of which more than 50 are still in use.

Maine is the only state to border only one other state, New Hampshire to the west.

In 2010, a study named Maine as the least religious state in the United States.

Our Story

The state of Maine is located within the New England region of the United States and it bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to its east and south, New Hampshire to its west, and the Canada provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to its northwest and northeast. It is also the northernmost and easternmost region of New England, and is primarily known for the breathtaking scenery along with its jagged and rocky coastline, mountains, and forest.

For many thousands of years, only indigenous people were inhabiting the regions that now consists of Maine. It wasn't until 1604 when the Europeans first settled in Maine on St. Croix Island. Shortly after a large number of English settlements were created along the coastline in the 1620s, however many of these failed over those years due to the rough climate, conflict with local people, and deprivations. During the American Revolution and the War of 1812, Patriot and British force contended for this territory. The state of Maine was actually part of Massachusetts until it became the 23rd state on March 15th, 1820 due to the Missouri Compromise. Maine is the 39th ranked most extensive state with a land area of roughly 35,400 square miles, and is also the 41st ranked most populated state with a population of roughly 1.32 million in 2011.

The capital of Maine is Augusta, however the largest city in the state is Portland. The states major thriving industries are agriculture (particularly potatoes), fishing (lobsters), ship manufacturing, machinery, electronics, tourism, and footwear. The state has a handful of major rivers and lakes such as the Androscoggin River, Kennebec River, St. John River, and Penobscot River along with Lake Mooshead and Richardsons Lakes. The highest point of elevation in the state is Mt. Katahdin which is 5,268 feet above sea level.

The state animal in Maine is considered to be the Moose, while the state bird is the Black-Capped Chickadee, and the state fish is the Landlocked Salmon. The state flower is the White Pine Cone and Tassel, while the state tree is the Eastern White Pine Tree. Overall the state of Maine has a strong economy and a very unique geography which continue to attract many people from all across the country each and every year

Maine was an exclave of Massachusetts until 1820, when as a result of the growing population, it became the 23rd state on March 15 under the Missouri Compromise.

Maine is the easternmost state in the United States in both its extreme points and its geographic center. The municipalities of Eastport and Lubec are, respectively, the easternmost city and town in the United States.

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