Interesting Facts about Maine: 10 Facts about The Pine Tree State

Maine is the largest state by total area in the New England region. Maine is also included in the Northeastern region of the United States. Maine is bordered by the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest, the Gulf of Maine to the southeast and New Hampshire to the west. The nickname of Maine is The Pine Tree State as 80% of its land is forested or unclaimed. In this article, we will talk about 10 interesting facts about Maine, The Pine Tree state.

1. Maine is the Northeasternmost Among the Contiguous United States

As the largest state by total area in New England, Maine is also the northeasternmost. It’s also the northeasternmost state of the United States. Although it’s the largest state in New England, Maine is the 12th-smallest of the United States by area while it’s the 9th-least populous that makes Maine the 13th-least densely populated state of the United States.

Flag of Maine
Flag of Maine

2. As of 2010, Maine was the Most Rural State in the United States

According to the data of the U.S. Census Bureau, Maine was the most rural state in the United States as of 2010. Only 38.7% of Maine’s population lived within urban areas. At 2020 census, Maine is the least densely populated state east of Mississippi River with only 41.3 people per square mile.

Maine Rural Area
Maine Rural Area

3. Maine is the Only State Whose Name Consists of a Single Syllable

From 50 states of the United States, Maine is the only state that its name consists of only a single syllable. There’s no clear answer about the origin of the Maine name. It was popularly believed that the word “Maine” came from the traditional province of Maine in France. Maine has the highest percentage of French Americans of any US state.

Lighthouse in Maine
Lighthouse in Maine

4. Maine is the Only State to Border Exactly One Other U.S. State

Maine is only bordered with one other US State, New Hampshire. The other borders are Canadian provinces (New Brunswick and Quebec) and the Gulf of Maine. It makes Maine the only state that is only bordered with exactly one other U.S State (New Hampshire).

Maine Location in the United States
Maine Location in the United States

5. The Capital City of Maine is Augusta, While Its Largest City is Portland

Augusta has been the capital city of Maine since 1832 while the largest city of Maine is Portland. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is also the largest metropolitan area in Maine with 40% of Maine population living on this area. Portland was named after Isle of Portland, Dorset in England while Portland, Oregon was named after Portland, Maine.

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine

6. Maine Has the Most Forest Cover Percentage of any U.S. State

Maine is ranked first when it comes to percentage of area covered by forest. According to a 2016 report, 89.46% of the land area of Maine is forested. Much of the interior land of Maine is wooded and uninhibited. It’s also very sparsely populated. For example, The Northwest Aroostook unorganized territory in the northern Maine has an area of 2,668 square miles (6,910 km2) and a population of 10 or only one person for every 267 square miles (690 km2).

Forest in Maine
Forest in Maine

7. Maine Has the Highest Percentage of Non-Hispanic Whites of any State

According to the 2010 census, 94.4% of the total population are non-Hispanic whites that makes Maine the highest in percentage of non-Hispanic whites among all US states. Maine also has the highest percentage of French Americans of any state. Most of them are of Canadian origin, many French-Canadians came from Quebec as immigrants between 1840 and 1930.

Map of Maine
Map of Maine Bordering Canada

8. Mount Katahdin is the Highest Natural Point of Maine

Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine as well as the highest natural point of Maine. Mount Katahdin was designated as a NationalĀ Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1967. It is the centerpiece of Baxter State Park that is located within Northeast Piscataquis, Piscataquis County. Katahdin means Great Mountain by Penobscot Native Americans.

Mount Katahdin
Mount Katahdin

9. Black-Capped ChickadeeĀ is The Official State Bird of Maine

The official state bird of Maine is Black-Capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) that was designated in 1927. Black-capped chickadee is a non-migratory, small, North American songbird. It lives in deciduous and mixed forests. Besides the official state bird of Maine, Black-capped chickadee is also the official state bird of Massachusetts.

Black-capped chickadee
Black-capped chickadee

10. Eastern White Pine is the Official State Tree of Maine

The official state tree of Maine is Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) that was designated in 1945. The “pine cone and tassel” of Eastern white pine is also the state flower of Maine. Eastern white pine is a large pine tree that is native to eastern North America. It’s the tallest tree of eastern North America along with the deciduous tulip tree.

Eastern white pine
Eastern white pine

If you know other interesting facts about Maine, you are welcome to share with us here since surely there are more interesting facts about Maine that we haven’t talked in this article.

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