Maine - The Pine Tree State

  • An inlet at Acadia National Park
  • Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge
  • Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness
  • Along the Kennebunk Coast
  • The Portland skyline

The first European settlers in Maine tried to set up fishing villages along the coast starting in the 1620's. Between the climate and resistance from the local Native Americans, the folks didn't do well at all. By 1700, there were only a few small settlements clinging to life along the coast. In those days, Maine was a "red-headed, left-handed stepchild" province of Massachusetts and remained that way until the Missouri Compromise of 1820. The population had been growing slowly over the years, mostly in far south Maine, but it was the political necessity of balancing slave states with free states that helped Maine become a state on its own.

Aroostook County in north Maine, with 6,829 square miles is one of the 40 largest counties in the United States.

Fast Facts about Maine
Capital: Augusta
Largest City: Portland
Admitted to the Union: March 15, 1820 : 23rd
Area: 35,385 square miles : 39th
Highest Point: Mount Katahdin : 5,268'
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean : 0'
2010 Maine Population Demographics
Total Population 1,328,361
Males 650,056
Females 678,305
Population by Age
Under 18 274,533
18 & over 1,053,828
20-24 79,646
25-34 144,624
35-49 278,995
50-64 303,057
65 & over 211,080
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 16,935
Non Hispanic or Latino 1,311,426
Population by Race
White 1,264,971
African-American 15,707
Asian 13,571
Native American 8,568
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 342
Other 4,261
Two or more 20,941
Map of Maine