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Maine Full Overview:
Similar to most states in America, Maine’s early days were reliant and based on its geography. The first industry in Maine was the fishing industry. Following fishing, lumbering also became a major part of the economy as more than 90% of its land is forested. A thriving shipbuilding industry was also part of Maine’s economy in the 19th century. This was due to the abundance of timber and white pines in the area.
Maine is home to more than 5,000 rivers and streams courtesy of its retreating glaciers. Rivers such as St. John, Penobscot, Kennebec, Saco and so on are used to generate hydroelectric power as they are quite powerful rivers.
Agriculture in Maine
Affectionately known as The Pine Tree State, Maine’s heavy forestation and rocky soil don’t make it an ideal place to practice agriculture. This has made Maine focus on the production of things which are suited to their environment such as poultry, eggs as well as dairy products.
It’s not known by many that Maine is the top producer of low-bush blueberries. These low-bush blueberries are one of the four fruit-crops which are native to North America. The state produced more than 100 million pounds of wild blueberries in 2014 which is the second highest yield recorded in Maine.
Global warming has had an effect on Maine’s fishing industry. It has manifested by cold-water species such as haddock and cod dwindling in numbers. However, in a fortunate turn of events, lobster fishing is booming in Maine. $456 million was earned by Maine in 2014. When looked at as a whole, Maine’s fishing industry is important to the state in spite of the reduction in fish and changing environment.
Maine Historical Demographics
The earliest known inhabitants of Maine have burial ground which dates back to 3000 B.C., which is much before the Micmacs and Abnakis (native American tribes) appeared. In the past, Maine was inhabited by many different Native American tribes. However, only two tribes, namely the Penobscots and Passamaquoddies remain in existence today.
Europeans first settled in Maine at Popham in 1607. However, they soon perished as they were unprepared for the harsh winters in Maine. Jamestown in Virginia is credited as being the first permanent settlement in America. After the American Revolution, the citizens of Maine successfully campaigned for statehood which Massachusetts agreed to in 1819.
If you list all of Americas states in terms of land size, Maine would be the 12th smallest. It supports a population of more than 1.3 million people which makes it one of the least populated states in America. Maine is also one of the slowest growing states in America.
Maine Crime Statistics
Crime has been decreasing all over the United States as the years go by. However, it is important to look at the data on smaller scales as national trends aren’t indicative of local criminal activity.
The data from 2006 is as follows –
- Violent Crimes – 1526
- Murder – 23
- Rape – 339
- Aggravated Assault – 780
- Robbery – 384
- Property Crimes – 33286
- Burglary – 6779
- Larceny – 25167
- Vehicle Thefts - 1340
The data from 2015 is as follows –
- Violent Crimes – 1729
- Murder – 23
- Rape – 828
- Aggravated Assault – 921
- Robbery – 311
- Property Crimes – 24327
- Burglary – 4684
- Larceny – 18829
- Vehicle Thefts – 814
As can be seen, crime has gone up in many areas and gone down in a few. Overall, more needs to be done to curb criminal activity in Maine.
If you are concerned about safety, remember that a clear head and a bit of common sense go a long way in ensuring that you, as well as everyone around you, stay safe.
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