Maine

Facts & Figures

Maine
  • Capital: Augusta

  • State abbreviation/Postal code: Maine/ME

  • Governor: Paul LePage, R (to Jan. 2019)

  • Senators: Susan Collins, R (to Jan. 2021); Angus King, I (to Jan. 2019)

  • U.S. Representatives: 2

  • Historical biographies of Congressional members

  • Secy. of State: Matthew Dunlap, D (to Dec. 2016)

  • Treasurer: Terry Hayes, Unenrolled

  • Atty. General: Janet T. Mills, D (to Dec. 2016)

  • Entered Union (rank): March 15, 1820 (23)

  • Present constitution adopted: 1820

  • Motto: Dirigo (I lead)

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  • Nickname: Pine Tree State

  • Origin of name: First used to distinguish the mainland from the offshore islands. It has been considered a compliment to Henrietta Maria, queen of Charles I of England. She was said to have owned the province of Mayne in France.

  • 10 largest cities (2012): Portland , 66,214; Lewiston , 36,460; Bangor , 32,817; South Portland , 25,088; Auburn , 22,972; Biddeford , 21,309; Augusta , 18,946; Saco, 18,758; Westbrook, 17,606; Windham, 16,901

  • Land area: 30,862 sq mi. (79,933 sq km)

  • Geographic center: In Piscataquis Co., 18 mi. N of Dover-Foxcroft

  • Number of counties: 16

  • Largest county by population and area: Cumberland, 281,674 (2010); Aroostook, 6,672 sq mi.

  • State forests: 1 (21,000 ac.)

  • State parks: 30+

  • State historic sites: 18 (403 ac.)

  • Residents: Mainer

  • 2013 resident population: 1,328,302

  • 2010 resident census population (rank): 1,328,361 (39). Male: 650,056; Female: 678,305. White: 1,264,971 (94.4%); Black: 15,707 (1.1%); American Indian: 8,568 (0.6%); Asian: 13,571 (1.0%); Other race: 4,261 (0.1%); Two or more races: 20,941 (1.4%); Hispanic/Latino: 16,935 (1.3%); 2010 population 18 and over: 1,053,828; 65 and over: 211,080; median age: 42.7.

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