Maine Fun Facts and Pine Tree State Trivia
• Maine is most famous for... Lobster and harvests the majority of the lobster in the United States.
• Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline - more than California (3,427), and over 5,000 miles of coast if you include all of the islands as well. Only Florida and Louisiana (mostly bayou) have more miles of coastline.
• Maine has 3,166 off-shore islands. Only about 1,200 Maine coast islands have an acre or more, 600 comprise 95% of the island acreage.
• Maine has over 32,000 miles of Rivers and Streams.
• Maine has over 6,000 Lakes and Ponds.
• The Vikings are believed to have discovered Maine 1,000 years ago.
• Maine State Capital: Augusta - Population: 18,560
• Maine State Population: 1.3 million
• Maine State Bird: The Chickadee
• Maine State Tree: The White Pine
• Maine State Fish: Landlocked Salmon
• Maine State Berry: The Wild Maine Blueberry - (More blueberries grow in Maine than any other state, over 90% of the country's blueberry crop)
• Maine State Cat: Wild Coon Cat
• Maine State Animal: The Moose - (Maine has more Moose per mile than any other state)
• Maine State Insect: Officially - Honeybee - (unofficially - the mosquito on the coast and black fly in the mountains)
• Maine State Nickname: Vacation State or Vacationland
• Maine's Highest Mountain: Mt. Katahdin at 5,268 ft. elevation
• Maine's Largest City: Portland at 66,363 population. Greater Portland comprises 1/4 of the state's 1.3 million population
• Number of Maine Islands: 3,166
• Number of Maine Lighthouses: 67 (Quoddy Head Light is the eastern most point in the U.S.)
• Average Summer Temperature in Maine: 70 degrees
• Average Winter Temperature in Maine: 20 degrees
Maine is the only state in the U.S. with one syllable.
Maine is the only state with just on other state on its border, New Hampshire.
York, Maine, was America's first chartered city in 1641.
Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state on March 15, 1820.
Portland was first selected as the Maine state capital until 1832, when the capital was moved to Augusta.
Acadia National Park is one of the most visited U.S. National Parks, with over 2 million annual visitors. The Park was first established and opened in 1916.
Maine Lobster yield annually is 40 million pounds, nearly 90 percent of the nation's lobster supply.
Maine produces 90% of the country's toothpick supply.
Maine is rich in gems -among the biggest zinc and copper deposits in the country plus tourmaline, amethyst, topaz and garnet.
Maine is home to many of the best boat builders in the world: Hinckley, Sabre, Back Cove, Duffy, Morse Yachts, Egg Harbor, Calvin Beal, Robert Stevens, Old Town Canoe, Downeast, LL Bean, Atlantic, and The Landing School.
Geographically Maine is bigger than the other five New England States combined.
Maine's Aroostook County at 6,453 square miles is larger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
Eastport, Maine is the eastern most U.S. city, and the first in the country to see the sun.
Maine contains 542,629 acres of State and National Parks.
Maine's government is comprised of 16 counties, 22 cities, 435 towns, 33 plantations, 424 townships and 3 Indian reservations.
Portland is the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Nelson Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Author Steven King is a resident of Bangor.
Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara summer at Walkers Point in Kennebunkport.
Freeport is the home to the L.L. Bean Company, the first retail clothier to be open 24/7/365.
The first ship built by English colonists in Americas was launched on the Kennebec River in 1607.
The first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought off Machias, Maine in 1775.
Maine's coastline has so many deep harbors it could provide anchorage for all the Navy fleets in the world.