33 Interesting Facts About Maine

Last updated on March 12th, 2020

31. In 2016, Maine became the first state to enact ranked-choice voting for statewide elections for governor, state legislature, and Congress.[21]

32. The Maine DOT requires the people to clear the snow off the windshield before operating their car. However, the state’s legislature does not compel its people to clean the snow off their vehicle unless it is obstructing the operator’s clear view of the way or an intersecting way.[22]

33. It is the only state bordered on three sides by Canada

Maine – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationME
State CapitalAugusta
Largest CityPortland
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 35,385 sq miles; Land Only: 30,862 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodMarch 15, 1820
State rank by population42nd
State rank by date of formation23rd
State rank by area39th
Number of Counties16
Bordering StatesNew Hampshire
Official LanguageNone
Highest PointMount Katahdin
5,270 ft (1606.4 m)
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
Sea level
Length320 miles (515 km)
Width210 miles (338 km)
GovernorJanet Mills (D)
Electoral Votes4
State MottoDirigo (I lead)
State NicknamePine Tree State
% Water13.5
Famous peopleAnna Kendrick
Patrick Dempsey
State Flag

Flag of Maine

State seal

Seal of Maine.svg

State coat of arms

Coat of arms of Maine.svg

State quarter

Maine quarter

State AnimalMoose

Moose superior.jpg

State BerryBlueberry


State BirdChickadee


State CatCoon Cat

Maine Coon cat by Tomitheos.JPG

State DogChinook

Mountan Laurel Ajax the Chinook dog.jpg

State FishLandlocked salmon

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State Floral EmblemWhite Pine Cone and Tassel

Pollen (male) cones and candle on white pine, Woodbury MN
State FossilPertica quadrifaria

Pertica quadrifaria reconstruccion.jpg

State GemTourmaline


State InsectHoney bee

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State CrustaceanLobster

American lobster, Homarus americanus in Newfoundland, Canada
State TreeEastern white pine

Pinus strobus trees.jpg

State HerbWintergreen


State VesselBowdoin

Bowdoin SableIsland.jpg

Longitude66° 57′ W to 71° 5′ W
Latitude42° 58′ N to 47° 28′ N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Area Codes207
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020