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Population
  2010 2012
Population 1,328,361 1,329,192
Median Age 42.7 43.5
Total 8 year-olds 14,842 14,747
Boys 7,629 7,606
Girls 7,213 7,141
Total 9 year-olds 15,273 14,659
Boys 7,845 7,498
Girls 7,428 7,161
Total 10 year-olds 15,467 14,734
Boys 7,897 7,564
Girls 7,570 7,170
Total 11 year-olds 15,770 15,196
Boys 8,052 7,802
Girls 7,718 7,394
Total 12 year-olds 15,726 15,557
Boys 8,116 7,925
Girls 7,610 7,632
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 80.5% 76.9%
Car Pool 8.9% 11.0%
Public Transportation 0.5% 0.6%
Work at Home 5.2% 5.3%

Geography
Capital Augusta
Largest City Portland
Second Largest City Lewiston
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 43.1

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 460 472
Amusement Parks 4 4
Fast-Food Restaurants 915 922
Toy Stores 40 45
Video/Disc Rental Stores 79 20
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 8 8
Candy & Nut Stores 21 20
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 47 56
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 4 3

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: March 15, 1820
  • Population 1820: 298,335
  • Population 1850: 583,169
  • Population 1900: 694,466
  • Population 1950: 913,774
  • Population 2000: 1,274,923

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Pine Tree State
  • Flower: White Pine Cone and Tassel
  • Tree: White Pine
  • Bird: Chickadee
  • Mammal: Moose
  • Fruit: Wild Blueberry
  • Fish: Land-locked Salmon

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.