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The Pine Tree State
Maine is recognized as one of the most healthful states in the nation with summer temperatures averaging 70F and winter temperatures averaging 20 F. It has 5,500 miles of coastline, is about 320 miles long and 210 miles wide, with a total area of 33,215 square miles or about as big as all of the other five New England States combined. It’s comprised of 16 counties with 22 cities, 435 towns, 33 plantations, 424 unorganized townships and 3 Indian reservations.
Maine abounds in natural assets - 542,629 acres of state and national parks, including the 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Acadia National Park (one of the top ten most visited national parks in the United States), and Baxter State Park (location of Mt. Katahdin and the northern end of the Appalachian Trail). It has one county (Aroostook) so big (6,453 square miles) that it actually covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Maine has one mountain which is approximately one mile high - Mt. Katahdin (5,271 ft. above sea level) and also claims America’s first chartered city: York, 1641.
Maine produces 99% of all the blueberries in the country making it the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States. Potatoes rank 7th in acreage and 10th in annual production. Maine is nationally famed for its shellfish; over 47 million pounds of lobster were harvested in 1998. The total of all shellfish and fin fish harvested was approximately 247 million pounds with a total value of $277 million in 1998.
Maine . . .
Capital: Augusta
Population: Approximately 1.3 million (2019)
Gemstone: Tourmaline
Fossil: Pertica quadrifaria
Cat: Maine Coon Cat
Insect: Honeybee
Animal: Moose
Fish: Landlocked Salmon
Bird: Chickadee (Parus atricapillus) Adopted by the Legislature of 1927.
Tree: White Pine, adopted by the Legislature of 1945
Floral Emblem: White pine cone and tassel (Pinus strobus, linnaeus). Adopted by the Legislature of 1895
Flag: The coat of arms of the State of Maine is placed on a blue field of the same shade of blue in the flag of the United States. Adopted by the Legislature of 1909.
Motto: Dirigo (I lead)
Maine’s four seasons offer a healthy, invigorating environment for the traveler. The state has one of the most comfortable summer climates in the U.S., with daytime temperatures averaging about 70F (21C) and occassionally hitting the 90s. (32C). Summer nights are usually cool and comfortable. In winter, temperatures average about 22F (-5.5C), but prolonged cold spells are rare. A total winter snowfall averages between 60 inches (152cm) and 90 inches (228cm), making the state very popular with skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts.
This article is an excerpt from The Maine Office of Tourism.









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