"ME" is the abbreviation for Maine. Maine is the 41st-most-populous state in the United States, and it is home to 1.3 million people as of 2013.
Maine is one of nine states and territories beginning with the letter "M" and one of four with the first two letters "Ma." The Post Office Department previously recommended that the name of the state be spelled out in full, but once ZIP codes were assigned and implemented in 1963, the department devised a list of two-letter abbreviations to use in place of the names of states. Each state or territory has the first initial of its name as the first letter in its abbreviation. To prevent duplication, however, some creativity was needed in determining the second letter. In the case of Maine, the abbreviation consists of the first and last letters of the state's name.
Maine's nickname is "The Pine Tree State," and its capital is Augusta. Maine was admitted to the United States on March 15, 1820. It was the 23rd state to be admitted.
Maine's coat of arms features a moose resting under a pine tree. The moose is flanked by a seaman and a farmer, who represent the early workers who travelled to Maine. The state flag consists of the coat of arms against a blue background.
Maine is bordered by New Hampshire.