Maine General Information
Maine is a US state. It is probably named after the French landscape Maine, but perhaps the name is also a short form of Mainland (mainland). According to ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG, the postal abbreviation of the state is ME.
Pine Tree State
Rank (within the US): 39th out of 50 states
Total: 86,542 km²
Land: 80,005 km²
Water (%): 11,724 km² (13.5%)
Rank (within the US): 40th out of 50 states
Total (2000): 1,274,923
Density: 15 / km²
Since: March 15, 1820
Time zone: Eastern: UTC -5 / -4
Latitude: 43 ° 4’N to 47 ° 28’N
Longitude 66 ° 57’W to 71 ° 7’W
Width: 305 km
Length: 515 km
Highest position: 1,608 m
Average location: 180 m
Lowest position: 0 m
Maine is in the extreme northeast of the United States. The Atlantic is found in the south and east of Maine. In the northeast in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Québec, which is also Canadian, is to be found in the northwest. To the west is New Hampshire. Eastport, Maine is the easternmost city in the United States. The state is one of the poorest populations east of the Mississippi. The forest in particular is enormous.
Since more than 90% of the area is covered with pine and other forests, the state is also known as the “pine state”. The scenic tranquility attracts numerous tourists. Acadia National Park is the only national park in the area and one of the most visited in the United States.
There are 1,274,923 residents in Maine.
During the American struggle for independence, Maine was part of the state of Massachusetts, although it is not directly adjacent to it. It was not until the Missouri Compromise that Maine became the 23rd state in the USA on March 15, 1820. Initially, Portland was the capital (until 1832). Then the seat was moved to the geographic center of the state in Augusta.
Maine’s gross national product was US $ 34 billion in 1999 (rank 43). The per capita income in the USA in 2000 was 25,623 US dollars (36th place). The agricultural products of particular importance are seafood, poultry, eggs, potatoes, dairy products, cattle, blueberries and apples. Industrial products include paper, wood and furniture, electronics, food, leather, textiles and tourism.
The main national language is English. In addition, French plays a major role, especially thanks to French-Canadian immigration. There are also the Indian languages Abnaki, Micmac and Passamaquoddy, which belong to the Algonquin languages, but are threatened with extinction.
Maine Counties and County Seats
According to Countryaah, there are a total of 16 counties in the state of Maine.
- Androscoggin County (County Seat: Auburn)
- Aroostook County (County Seat: Houlton)
- Cumberland County (County Seat: Portland)
- Franklin County (County Seat: Farmington)
- Hancock County (County Seat: Ellsworth)
- Kennebec County (County Seat: Augusta)
- Knox County (County Seat: Rockland)
- Lincoln County (County Seat: Wiscasset)
- Oxford County (County Seat: Paris)
- Penobscot County (County Seat: Bangor)
- Piscataquis County (County Seat: Dover-Foxcroft)
- Sagadahoc County (County Seat: Bath)
- Somerset County (County Seat: Skowhegan)
- Waldo County (County Seat: Belfast)
- Washington County (County Seat: Machias)
- York County (County Seat: Alfred)