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Maine is the easternmost state of the United States of America. Comprising the northeasternmost portion of New England, the state has 3,478 miles (5,597 km) of coastline on the North Atlantic Ocean. Once a separated region of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd State on March 15, 1820. Maine ranks 39th in total area and 40th in population among the 50 states. Maine is the most sparsely populated U.S. state east of the Mississippi River. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 1,318,301 in 2009. Augusta is the capital of Maine, and Portland is the most populous city and the center of the most populous metropolitan area.

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State Facts

State of Maine

  1. Chellie Pingree (D)
  2. Bruce Poliquin (R)

State Symbols

State flag:
Flag of the State of Maine
State seal:
Great Seal of the State of Maine
State motto: Dirigo (LatinI lead)
State nickname: The Pine Tree State
State animal: Moose (Alces alces)
State berry: Wild Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
State bird: Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
State cat: Maine Coon (Felis catus)
State dessert: Blueberry pie
State fish: Landlocked Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
State flower: Eastern White Pine cone and tassel (Pinus strobus)
State herb: Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
State insect: European honey bee (Apis mellifera)
State tree: Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
State fossil: Pertica (Pertica quadrifaria)
State beverage: Moxie
State gemstone: Tourmaline
State soil: Chesuncook
State song: State of Maine Song
State tartan: Maine State Tartan
State treat: Whoopie pie
State vessel: Arctic exploration schooner Bowdoin
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2003 U.S. quarter-dollar Maine
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