Maine Population 2013
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Maine in 2013 was 1,329,192, which is ranked the 41st largest population in the United States. This estimate shows a 0.1% increase since the last census in 2010, also conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The population density of the state is 43.0 people per square mile, ranked 38th largest density in the United States.
Maine Population Projections
By the year 2015, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.329 million people, which is an approximate 0.2% increase from the current population. By the year 2020, the population is expected to reach 1.331 million people, which is an approximate 0.2% increase from the current population. By the year 2025, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.330 million people, which is an approximate 0.1% decrease from the projected population for the year 2020. By the year 2030, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.325 million people, which is an approximate 0.4% decrease from the projected population for the year 2025. Over the next 20 years, there is an expected net decrease of 0.1% in the total population of the state of Maine.
Maine Land Mass
The state of Maine is approximately 320 miles long and 190 miles wide with a square area of 35,387 making it the 39h largest state in the Untied States. Of the 35,387 square miles, 4,523 square miles are covered by water. The highest point in the state of Maine is Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, which reaches 5,276 feet above sea level. The lowest point in the state is at the Atlantic Ocean, reaching sea level. The geographic center of Maine is located in Piscataquis County, 18 miles north of Dover-Foxcroft. Canada on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and New Hampshire on the west border the state.
Maine can be broken up into three distinct geographic land areas: Coastal Lowlands, Eastern New England Uplands, and the White Mountains. The Coastal Lowlands stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to about forty miles inland. This area is made up of beaches and islands off the coast of the land. The Eastern New England Uplands are to the northwest of the Coastal Lowlands. This area is made up of plateaus, fertile soil, and mountains. Lastly, the White Mountains are extended from New Hampshire. These mountains cover the northwestern portion of the state. The highest point in Maine is in this part of the state.
Of the approximate 1.33 million people in the state of Maine, about 51.1% of the population is female, while 48.9% is male. Also, approximately 95% of the population identifies as white (including Hispanic or Latino). But, out of that 95%, only about 1% do identify as Hispanic or Latino and the other 94% as Caucasian. Those that identify as Black or African American make up only 1% of the entire population of the state of Maine. The rest of the population is made up of those that identify as Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or those that identify as two or more races. These other races make up only about 4% of the Maine population.
The population of Maine identifies as religious at a much lower rate than the national average. About 28% of the state population identifies as religious, compared to the national average of 49%. Out of the 28%, about 14% identify as members of the Catholic Church, making it the largest denomination in Maine. All the other Christian denominations make up about 13.5% of the population. Those who identify as Jewish, Islamic, or as an Eastern religion only make up 0.5% of the population.
Four Seasons in Maine
The largest sector in Maine’s economy is the manufacturing sector. The state is the leading producer of wood and paper products. The state used to be a large producer of leather goods, especially shoes, but that has recently declined. The main agricultural output in the state is seafood especially lobster. The western portion of the state is big in bottled water as well. The state is home to many smaller to middle sized businesses instead of large companies. Lastly, the unemployment rate in the state has been decreasing in the past few years and is around 6%.