Maine, the northernmost state in the New England region, is known for its rocky coastline, maritime history and natural areas such as the granite and spruce islands of Acadia National Park. Lighthouses dot the coast, as do lobster shacks and sandy beaches like Ogunquit and Old Orchard. The coastal regions of the state, supported over the years by fishing, lobstering, and tourism, are the most heavily populated.
The top industries in Maine have shifted dramatically over the past several decades. Today, the Pine Tree State is still home to one of the nation’s largest ship manufacturers. It still produces more paper, farms more wild strawberries, and catches more lobster than most other states combined. Those industries, however, have all shrunk in recent years, with booms in areas such as technology and tourism shifting jobs in Maine.