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
 
Photo of downtown Portland courtesy of Jeffrey B. Ferland, CCA-by-SA 2.5 License
Photo of the Kennebunk coast courtesy of Wikipedia userid Fundamentaldan, CCA-by-SA 2.5 License
Photo of Acadia National Park courtesy of Wikipedia userid chensiyuan, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License
Map courtesy of Cartesia MapArt US Terrain