Down East 2013 ©
So far the U.S. Census has informed Mainers they are the oldest and whitest state in the nation, and now they can lay claim to being the most rural as well. With a clear trend of populations moving towards urban area across the country, 61.3 percent of Maine's population has been classified as living in "Rural areas." Although the state's urban areas grew, it wasn't by enough to be more urban than Vermont's population, 61.1 percent of which is rural. According to the census 80 percent of the country's population now reside in urban areas and 98.83 percent of Maine's 33,125 square miles are considered rural.