Augusta is the state capital for Maine and is America’s third-least populated state capital city. Back in August 1797, Maine’s capital was named after Augusta Dearborn–daughter of American soldier and statesman Henry Dearborn.
Augusta is notable for the National Historic Landmark named Fort Western, a former British colonial outpost on the Kennebec River that today is the oldest wooden fort in the United States. Augusta is also America’s easternmost state capital.
The biggest employers in Augusta include the Central Maine Power Company, Maine General Medical Center, grocery store chain Shop ‘n Save and O’Connor GMC Buick.
Maine shipped U$2.875 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from Maine are lobsters, civilian aircraft, electronic integrated circuits, natural gas, paper and chemical woodpulp according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Augusta was 3.5% as of December 2016.
Capital Facts for Augusta, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Augusta Civic Center, Children’s Discovery Museum, Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western, Old Post Office, and The Governor Hill Mansion
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Augusta, United States:
- Rachel Nichols, actress & producer (born Jan. 8, 1980)
- David Peoples, professional golfer (born Jan. 9, 1960)
- Julia Clukey, Olympic luger (born Apr. 29, 1985)
- Amy Thomas, actress (born Oct. 10, 1976)
- Ben Lucas, college football quarterback (born Jan. 21, 1996)
- Manch Wheeler, professional football quarterback (born Mar. 2, 1939)
- Clark Gesner, music composer, songwriter & author (born Mar. 27, 1938)
- Thurlow Cooper, professional football player (born Mar. 18, 1933)
- Niles Perkins, athlete & physician (born Jul. 1, 1919)
- Don Brennan, MLB baseball pitcher (born Dec. 2, 1903)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Augusta resident: Augustan
Population: 18,494 (Augusta city limits)
Density: 335 people per square mile (130 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,331,479 (Maine state area)
Density: 44 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$4.143 billion as of March 2015 (Lewiston-Auburn metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $38,635
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Augusta: U.S. dollars
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United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 28, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 28, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 28, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Augusta city flag. Accessed on June 28, 2017
Wikipedia, Augusta, Maine. Accessed on June 28, 2017
Wikipedia, Kennebec County, Maine. Accessed on June 28, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 28, 2017
Wikipedia, Maine. Accessed on June 28, 2017
Within city limits, Augusta occupies 55.13 square miles (142.79 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 18,494 Augustans in 2016.
The state of Maine has a land area of 30,608 square miles (79,274 square kilometers) with an overall population of 1.331 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Augusta’s population density is 335 residents per square mile (130 per square kilometer).
Population density diminishes within Maine state to an average 44 inhabitants per square mile (17 per square kilometer).
Augustans celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.