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State nickname: Pine Tree State

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Capital Augusta
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water
 - % water
Ranked 39th
86,542 km2
80,005 km2
11,724 km2
 - Total (2000)
 - Density
Ranked 40th
Admittance into Union
 - Order
 - Date

March 15, 1820
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
43°4'N to 47°28'N
66°57'W to 71°7'W
305 km
515 km
1608 meters
180 meters
0 meters
ISO 3166-2:US-ME

Maine is a state of the United States that is named after the French province of Maine-et-Loire. Its U.S. postal abbreviation is ME.

USS Maine was named in honor of this state.

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At the time of the American Revolution, Maine was part of Massachusetts. It became the 23rd state under the Missouri Compromise of 1820, on March 15, 1820. Maine's original capitol was Portland until 1832, when it was moved to the more geographically central city of Augusta.

Law and Government

The capital of Maine is Augusta and its governor is John Baldacci[?] (Democrat). Its two U.S. senators are Susan Collins[?] (Repulican) and Olympia J. Snowe[?] (Republican).

In June of 2003, the Maine Legislature passed a comprehensive health insurance plan. See: List of Maine Governors Geography See: List of Maine counties

To the south and east is the Atlantic Ocean, and to the northeast is New Brunswick, a province of Canada. The Canadian province of Quebec is to the northwest. Maine is the northernmost state in the New England region and the easternmost state in the country (the easternmost city in the United States is Eastport, Maine), bordered on the west by New Hampshire. The highest mountain is Mt. Katahdin and the largest lake is Moosehead Lake.

It is the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River, owing in part to its relative size -- its land mass exceeds that of the other New England states combined. It is appropriately called the "Pine Tree State", as 90 percent of its land is forest. West Quoddy Head is the country's easternmost piece of land. Along the famous rock-bound coast of Maine are lighthouses, sandy beaches, quiet fishing villages and thousands of offshore islands, including the Isles of Shoals, which straddles the state border. Jagged rocks and cliffs, and thousands of bays and inlets add to the rugged beauty of Maine's coast. Inland, there are sparkling lakes, rushing rivers, green forests and towering mountains. Maine's Acadia National Park is the only national park in New England, and the second most visited national park in the United States.


Maine's total gross state product for 1999 was $34 billion, placing it 43rd in the nation. Its Per Capita Personal Income for 2000 was $25,623, 36th in the nation.

Maine's agricultural outputs are seafood, poultry and eggs, potatoes, dairy products, cattle, blueberries, and apples. Its industrial outputs are paper, lumber, and wood products, electric equipment, food processing, leather products, textiles, and tourism.

Demographics As of 2000, the state's population was 1,274,923.

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Maine has a long tradition of personal self-reliance, and Yankee ingenuity.

see also:

Maine is also the name of a place in New York State and one in Wisconsin: see Maine, New York and Maine, Wisconsin.
Maine is also one of the provinces of France before 1790: see Maine (province of France)[?]

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