The One Minute Geographer: The Triplets: Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont

Jim Fonseca
2 min readJan 8, 2022
Satellite image of northeastern forests (technically, ‘aboveground woody biomass’). This is a cropped enlargement from the full map of the US by Robert Simmon on

The three states of northern New England are quite alike on many measures of geography and demography. And, believe it or not, they are also quite a bit like West Virginia. (Quadruplets?)

When I mention rankings among the 50 states, keep in mind that what state is 1, 2 or 3 may mean a difference of a decimal. States change rankings from…

Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.