Yesterday, I posted a map here (link) that offered a striking visualization of how much a small handful of metropolitan areas contribute to the nation's economy.
Maine's commonly perceived as a rural state, but as it happens, a similar pattern holds up here. Here's a view of Maine's economy split in half: half of the state's economic activity happens in the relatively small southern corner, colored orange, and the other half happens in the much larger blue-shaded portion.
Here's some of the data behind the map (from the same report from the US Conference of Mayors that I cited in yesterday's post):
- Portland-Biddeford metropolitan area (York, Cumberland, and Sagadahoc Counties)
- $25.94 billion
- Bangor metropolitan area
- $5.49 billion
- Lewiston-Auburn metropolitan area
- $3.82 billion
- Maine's total gross state product:
- $51.6 billion