Maine Education and State Information

Jul 07, 2020

Information about Maine

Nicknamed the Pine Tree State, Maine had an estimated population of over 1.34 million people, based on 2019 U.S. Census figures. Around 94.4 percent of Maine's residents identified as white alone, as of 2019, compared to about 76.3 percent nationwide.

Sport fishing and hunting, especially bear, deer and moose, are popular activities in Maine. Other favored outdoor pursuits include boating, camping and hiking in the summer and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Portland, Maine's largest city, hosts an art museum, children's museum, symphony orchestra and stage company, while the capital city of Augusta is home to Viles Arboretum and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. Bar Harbor, which features parts of Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain, is a popular destination with tourists.

Maine Educational Opportunities

The University of Maine in Orono is the largest nonprofit postsecondary school in the state, with more than 11,404 students in Fall 2018. Other public schools in the state include the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College, both in Portland, the University of Maine's Augusta campus and Central Maine Community College in Auburn, among others.

In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Bowdoin College in Brunswick the nation's sixth best liberal arts college. Other nationally recognized liberal arts colleges in Maine include Bates College in Lewiston and Colby College in Waterville, ranked 21st and 11th respectively, and the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ranked 82nd. Additionally, U.S. News honored Maine Maritime Academy in Castine as the fifth best regional college in the North.

Maine Economy

Top employers in Maine, as of 2020, include Army National Guard, Hall Erika Pa, Iamaw, Northern Light Eastern ME Med, Mainegeneral Medical Ctr, Mid Coast Group Physician, Togus VA Hospital Medical Ctr, and Unum. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2020, education and health services employed about 111,700 people. Trade, transportation, and utilities employed about 108,200 people, while government employed about 92,000 people.

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