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Moving to Maine


About Maine - Maine is a state in the New England region of the United States. maine
The five largest ancestries in the state are: French or French Canadian (22.8%), English (21.5%), Irish (15.1%), American (9.4%). Maine is second only to New Hampshire in the percentage of French Americans among U.S. states. It also has the largest percentage of non-Hispanic whites of any state and the highest percentage of current French-speakers. Franco-Mainers tended to settle in the industrial cities of inland Maine (especially Lewiston) whereas much of the midcoast and downeast sections remain strongly Anglo. Smaller numbers of various other groups, including Germans, and Italians, settled around the state. If current population trends remain the same, Maine is expected to be the last of the U.S. states to obtain majority-minority status, which it is expected to receive somewhere near the year 2146

Living in Maine

People of Maine - As of 2005, Maine has an estimated population of 1,321,505, which is an increase of 6,520, or 0.5%, from the prior year and an increase of 46,582, or 3.7%, since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 6,413 people (that is 71,276 births minus 64,863 deaths) and an increase due to net migration of 41,808 people into the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 5,004 people, and migration within the country produced a net increase of 36,804 people.

Maine is a popular tourist destination, but it also experiences harsh winters and, consequently, the great temporary influx of visitors occurs during the warmer months. Many of these visitors establish an alternate secondary residence in Maine during some or all warm months and then depart for their primary residence in the off-season. These are the summer people of Maine lore. Official census figures normally count a person as a resident only once, at the place of the primary home. Therefore, there are some situations in which official census figures could be misleading for Maine. For example, some communities may have a much larger seasonal retail sector than their official, small population figure would imply.

The racial makeup of the state is:

  • 96.5% White non-Hispanic
  • 0.7% Hispanic
  • 0.7% Asian
  • 0.5% Black
  • 0.6% American Indian
  • 1% Mixed race

The religious affiliations of the people of Maine are shown below:

  • Christian - 82%
  • Protestant - 56%
  • Baptist - 16%
  • Methodist - 9%
  • Pentecostal - 6%
  • Church of Christ - 3%
  • Lutheran - 3%
  • Other Protestant or general Protestant - 18%
  • Roman Catholic - 25%
  • Other Christian - 1%
  • Other Religions - 1%
  • Non-Religious - 17%

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