Sometimes some really weird stuff comes up on Google's autoill. Thankfully, when it comes to the state of Maine, nothing too out of the ordinary comes up. But what questions are the people of the Internet asking? Here's the who, what, where, when and why. of Maine Google searches.

1. Who is Maine’s governor?


Democrat Janet Mills is the first female governor of Maine and is the 75th Governor overall. She took office in January of 2019

2. Who is Maine's largest employer?

According to, the largest private employer is MaineHealth which consists of Maine Medical Center, the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and multiple other locations throughout the state with between 17,501 and 18,000 employees. Followed by Hannaford, Walmart/Sam’s Club, and Bath Iron Works.

3. What is Maine known for?


Maine is known for a lot, from our seafood industry to our beautiful landscape, but the top Google result brings us to where they compiled a list of 10 experience-worthy things here in Maine. Their article highlights are well-known authors such as Stephen King and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It also discusses lobster and blueberries as well as moose, lighthouses, and more! I think they hit most of the highlights.

4. What is Maine sales tax?

According to, general sales tax is 5.5%

5. What is Maine's state flower?


The white pinecone. And you���re right, it’s not a flower. According to The Flower Expert, the official Maine State Flower was selected on July 21, 1945, and is the only state whose state flower isn’t actually a flower.

6. What is Maine's motto?

Maine’s motto is Dirigo which is a Latin word for “I Direct” or “I Lead” according to State Symbols USA.

7. Where is Maine Maritime Academy?


Maine Maritime Academy is located at 1 Pleasant St, Castine, ME 04420

8. Where is Maine's 2nd congressional district?


According to Ballotpedia, Maine’s 2nd congressional district encompasses the northern portion of the state including all of Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Penobscot, Pisataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties as well as parts of Kennebec County.

9. Where is Maine's Germany?

This one was a headscrather but it looks like it’s a simple typo on the serarchers part. It looks like they’re looking for Mainz, Germany. Mainz is located in west-central Germany on the left bank of the Rhine River and has a population of 200,344 according to Britannica.

10. When did Maine become a state?


Maine was originally part of Massachusetts and became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820, according to

11. When is Maine blueberry season?


Blueberries don’t do well in the harsh Maine winters so the sweet spot is between April and late September according to the Blueberry Council. It’s a huge industry especially in northeastern Maine. Machias hosts the Wild Blueberry Festival which is is scheduled for August 14th-16th of 2020.

12. When is Maine's bicentennial?


2020 is a big year for Maine as we turn 200! There will be events going on throughout the state. March 14th and 15th will be Statehood Weekend, May 16th is the Bicentennial parade, the Summer Coast Festival will be July 16th-19th, and festivities will end on Grand Finale Weekend October 9th-12th.

13. Why is Maine called Maine?

According to, it’s not completely clear but could be the result of King Charles disliking the name New Somerset. Sir Ferdinando Gorges was granted the land from the Council of New England and submitted the name New Somerset to the king who responded that the land “shall forever hereafter be called and named the Province or County of Mayne and not by any other name or names whatsoever.”

14. How is Maine excise tax calculated?


According to, the calculation is based on multiplying the MSRP by the mil rate. The mil rates break down as follows:

1st year .0240 mil rate
2nd year .0175 mil rate
3rd year .0135 mil rate
4th year 0.100 mil rate
5th year .0065 mil rate
6th year .0040 mil rate

15. Is Maine an open carry state?


Federal law has no restrictions on open carry but some states do. Maine is not one of them, in fact, Maine also allows concealed carry without a permit. Per

Concealed carry without a permit is limited to people who are 21 or older, with the following exception: If a person is 18 years of age or older, and is on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or the National Guard, and is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm, the person may carry a concealed handgun.

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