Here's a closer look at Maine's top 30 exports

It's time for a little word association. Are you ready? Here we go.


I'd venture a guess that you said “lobster.” Or maybe it was “seafood.” There is a good reason for this; This is what Maine is best known for. Sure, the state is beautiful, with its rocky coastline and majestic forests and parks, but the true symbol of Maine is a crustacean.

But this crustacean and all its sea friends are not just a symbol. They help drive this state's economy. In fact, they are probably the most important factor in a financially healthy economy in Maine.

Thanks to Stacker, we got our hands on a list of the state's biggest exports. It should come as no surprise that seafood is Maine's top export. The industry is still going strong, even though more regulations have been introduced over the years.

However, we cannot say the same for all sectors, as some have unfortunately declined. Whether it's due to outsourcing, regulations, modernization or other factors, I'm sure the top of the export list looks very different than it did a few decades ago.

Despite the shift, there are still some strong industrial exports. Even though the future is uncertain, paper still remains in the top 5. On the other hand, there is the aerospace and aircraft parts industry. This has continued to grow and clearly deserves the top 4 placement.

The largest export list is quite diverse. There is everything from pharmaceutical products to carpets and textiles. And besides seafood, there are many other foods that come into question.

You can view the list below. It's a unique look at Maine's economy, where it is, and what the future might hold.

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