Maine Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Maine
  • U.S. State: Maine
  • Abbreviation: ME
  • Joined the USA: March 15th, 1820 (23rd State)
  • Located: Northeastern United States
  • Capital City: Augusta, ME
  • Most Populated City: Portland, ME

34 Maine Facts for Kids

  1. Maine is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Maine became a U.S. State on Wednesday, March 15th, 1820.
  3. Maine was the 23rd state to join the United States.
  4. The U.S. state of Maine covers 35,385 square miles.
  5. Maine is the 39th largest state by area in the United States.
  6. In 2019, the population of Maine was estimated to be 1,344,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  7. In 2019, Maine was the 42nd most populated state in the United States.
  8. A person who is from or lives in Maine is called a Mainer or a Down Easter.
  9. The capital city of Maine is Augusta.
  10. The three most populated cities in Maine are Portland, Lewiston and Bangor.
  11. The largest city by population in Maine is Portland.
  12. The largest metropolitan area in Maine is the Greater Portland metropolitan area.
  13. The U.S. state of Maine has 16 counties.
  14. The most populated county in Maine is Cumberland County with 295,003 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  15. The largest county by area in Maine is Aroostook County with 6,829 square miles.
  16. The highest elevation point in Maine is Mount Katahdin at 5,270 feet above sea level.
  17. The lowest elevation point in Maine is the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean at sea level.
  18. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Maine is 45.4 inches.
  19. Maine is the 17th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  20. The average temperature in Maine is 43 °F.
  21. Maine is the 47th warmest state in the United States.
  22. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Maine was 105 °F on July 10th, 1911.
  23. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Maine was -50 °F on January 16th, 2009.
  24. A few natural disasters that can affect Maine are hurricanes, ice storms and nor’easters.
  25. Maine is in one time zone, Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  26. The USPS abbreviation for Maine is ME.
  27. The coastline and off the coast of Maine is the largest source of American lobster (Maine Lobster).
  28. The official state flower of Maine is the pinecone of the white pine tree.
  29. The official state tree of Maine is the white pine tree (Pinus strobus).
  30. The official state insect of Maine is the honeybee (Apis).
  31. The official state fish of Maine is the landlocked salmon.
  32. The official state bird of Maine is the chickadee (Poecile).
  33. The official state animal of Maine is the moose (Alces alces).
  34. The official state fossil of Maine is the pertica quadrifaria.

Additional Resources on Maine

  • About Maine – Learn about the U.S. state of Maine on the National Geographic Kids website.
  • History of Maine – Discover the history of the U.S. state of Maine on the Maine State Government website.
  • Facts About Maine – Find more facts about the U.S. state of Maine on the Visit Maine website.
  • Maine – Britannica – Read the Britannica article on the U.S. state of Maine to learn more about it.