Facts about Maine

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Statehood:  March 15, 1820, the 38th state

Capital:  Augusta

Total Area:  39th among states, 91,646 sq km (35,385 sq mi)

Water Area:  7,449 sq km (2,876 sq mi)

Highest Point:  Mount Katahdin, 1,605 m (5,267 ft)

Total Population:   41st among states
2010 census -  1,328,361

Population Density in 2010:  43.1 people per sq mi

Distribution in 2000:  40.2% Urban, 59.8% Rural

Gross State Product - $53.2 billion (2010)
Personal income per Capita - $36,745 (2009)

Largest cities in 2010: 
Portland:  66,194
Lewiston:  41,592
Bangor:  3

  • More wooden toothpicks are produced in Maine than in any other state. 

  • Eastport is the most eastern city in the United States, receiving the first rays of the morning. 

  • Freeport is home to the L.L. Bean Company. 

  • Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one syllable. 

  • Almost 40 million pounds, 90%, of the nationís lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.  Maine also produces 99% of all the blueberries in the country. 

  • The first sawmill in the nation was established near York in 1623. 

  • In Wilton there is a cannery that imports and cans only dandelion greens. 

  • Founded in 1866, Togus became the first Veteranís Hospital in the U.S. 

  • York became the nationís first incorporated city in 1642.
  • More than nine-tenths of Maine's total land area is forested, the highest percentage of forest coverage of any state.

  • One of Maine's most important industries, cotton and woolen textiles, emerged in the 1840s in towns along the Androscoggin and Kennebec rivers.

  • American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow spent much of his childhood in Portland.

  • Maine's coastal waters attract a steadily increasing number of saltwater sports fishing enthusiasts.