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Maine

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Location of Maine State


Capital: Augusta

Population: 1,329,192 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, Auburn, Biddeford

Borders: New Hampshire, Canada, and the Atlantic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $53,656 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including poultry, cattle, fishing, apples, and maple syrup
Paper, wood products, lumber, electronic equipment, and textiles

How Maine got its name: There is no clear answer as to where the name Maine came from. It first appeared in a charter that granted land to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Mason. When the land was split between the two, the land that was Gorges became known as Maine. It is likely that the name came from a nautical reference to the main land.

Atlas of Maine State
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Maine State Symbols

State Nickname: Pine Tree State

State Slogan: It Must Be Maine; The Way Life Should Be

State Motto: Dirigo (I lead)

State flower: White pine cone and tassel

State bird: Black-capped Chickadee

State fish: Land-locked salmon

State tree: White Pine

State mammal: Moose

State foods: Moxie, Wild Blueberry

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Wednesday, March 15, 1820

Number admitted: 23

Prior Name: Massachusetts

Postal Abbreviation: ME

Maine State Map


The Geography of Maine

Total Size: 30,862 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Mt. Katahdin at 5,268 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Piscataquis (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Piscataquis County approx. 18 miles north of Dover (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 16 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Maine, Lake Moosehead, Kennebec River, Penobscot River, St. John River

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Professional Sports Teams

Maine does not have any major professional sports teams.

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