Maine is a own up in the New England region of the United States, bordered by New Hampshire to the west; the Gulf of Maine to the southeast; and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest, respectively. Maine is the 12th-smallest by area, the 9th-least populous, the 13th-least densely populated, and the most rural of the 50 U.S. states. It is then the northeasternmost in the course of the contiguous United States, the northernmost welcome east of the Great Lakes, the only own up whose pronounce consists of a single syllable, and the only divulge to affix exactly one extra US state. Approximately half the Place of Maine lies on each side of the 45th parallel north in latitude. The most populous city in Maine is Portland, while its capital is Augusta.
Maine has traditionally been known for its jagged, rocky Atlantic Ocean and bayshore coastlines; smoothly contoured mountains; heavily forested interior; picturesque waterways; and its wild lowbush blueberries and seafood cuisine, especially lobster and clams. Coastal and Down East Maine, especially in the vicinity of Portland, have emerged as an important middle for the creative economy, which is moreover bringing gentrification.