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 many Haunted Inns and Lighthouses
• 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, over 75,000 moose, second only to Alaska.
• 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. Also Mainers don't pronounce their R's - see our Guide to Maine Slang.
• 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.
• John D Rockefeller Jr. funded the majority of Acadia National Park's carriage roads and trail systems between 1915-1933.
• Nelson Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor, Maine 1908.
• Author Steven King, amous US horror story writer, 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, founded in 1912.
• 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.