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Maine Education and State Information

Located in New England, Maine is known for its scenery and its seafood. The state has nearly 30 nonprofit colleges and universities, including the University of Maine and Bowdoin College.

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Information about Maine

Nicknamed the Pine Tree State, Maine had an estimated population of over 1.3 million people, based on 2015 U.S. Census figures. Around 94 percent of Maine's residents identified as white alone, as of 2014, compared to about 64 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 11,200 students in Fall 2014. 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 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Bowdoin College in Brunswick the nation's fourth best liberal arts college. Other nationally recognized liberal arts colleges in Maine include Bates College in Lewiston and Colby College in Waterville, ranked 25th and 19th respectively, and the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ranked 82nd. Additionally, U.S. News honored Maine Maritime Academy in Castine as the seventh best regional college in the North.

Maine Economy

Top employers in Maine, as of 2014, include Hannaford Bros., Walmart/Sam's Club, Maine Medical Center, L.L. Bean, Bath Iron Works, Maine General Medical Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center and TD Bank. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of April 2016, education and health services employed about 126,000 people. Trade, transportation, and utilities employed about 119,000 people, while government employed about 98,000 people.

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