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A look at Maine, where Romney and Paul are vying

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Feb. 11 2012 3:55 p.m. MST

Mike Donahue climbs a snowy hill to plant signs in support of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul outside a caucus, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Portland, Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty, Associated Press

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A profile of Maine, site of the Republican caucus on Feb. 11:

NUMBERS

Population: 1,328,361

AGE

Median age: 42.7

Percentage of population 65 and over: 15.9 percent

RACE AND ETHNICITY

95.2 percent white, 1.3 percent Hispanic or Latino origin, 1.2 percent black, 1 percent Asian

LANGUAGE

Language other than English spoken at home: 7.1 percent

EDUCATION

High school graduate or higher: 89.8 percent

Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.5 percent

MONEY

Median household income: $46,933

People below poverty level: 12.6 percent

Home ownership rate: 73.1 percent

2008 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS:

Barack Obama, 57.6 percent; John McCain, 40.4 percent; Ralph Nader, 1.4 percent.

REGISTERED VOTERS (as of 11/2/11):

Republican: 275,978

Democratic: 324,435

Undeclared: 355,037

Green Independent: 34,435.

MAINE QUICK FACTS:

— Maine is the nation's most heavily forested state.

— Maine has 3,500 miles of coastline and 6,000 lakes and ponds.

— Maine fishermen harvested more than 100 million pounds of lobster in 2011.

— Hannibal Hamlin of Paris, Maine, served as vice president under Abraham Lincoln.

— Writer Stephen King was raised in Maine and lives in Bangor.

— Maine is nearly as large as the other five New England states combined.

— Maine is home to Mount Katahdin, the northern end of the Appalachian Trail and the state's highest mountain at 5,268 feet

— Maine has the nation's oldest median age.

Sources: 2010 U.S. Census data; Maine Office of the Secretary of State; State of Maine website.

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