Bangor 80 Exceptional
Bangor Livability #10 ranked city in Maine#1,414 ranked city in the USARanks better than 95% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Bangor

  • Commute

    High commute scores indicates that public transit should be easily accessible in this area and the average commute time to work is less than average.

  • Housing

    This area has received high scores in the housing category. This could be due to a positive home affordability ratio, high appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Health & Safety

    A high score in the health and safety category is a result of good air quality and the accessibility to health facilities such as hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacies and fire stations.

  • Schools

    High test scores, elevated graduation rates as well as the conveniently located elementary and high schools in this area have all contributed to the high score in the schools category.

  • Nothing Found

    No cons were found for this area, as there were no categories that scored well below average.

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What's it like Living in Bangor?

Bangor, Maine is a medium-sized city with a population of 32,029 people. The majority of Bangor residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. All the single ladies and all the single fellas might want to take notice as only 47% of the Bangor population is married. If you're not a fan of traffic congestion and long commute times to work, Bangor is the place to be. Commutes to work here are shorter, with an average one-way commute time taking only 17 minutes, significantly lower than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Bangor could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Maine if you know where to look. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Bangor and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Bangor to Maine and the national average.

Bangor has a livability score of 80 out of 100 and is ranked #11 in Maine and #1,280 in the USA. This is a great score, as Bangor ranks well in multiple categories! Another exciting tidbit, is that Bangor ranks better than 90% of all US cities! For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Bangor ranks very well for cost of living (A-), education (A-) and housing (B). Regrettably for Bangor, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: employment (D).

Low rates of violent crime, encompassing offenses such as murder, rape, robbery and assault, contribute significantly to a safer living environment. This reduction in crime minimizes the chances of personal harm, property theft, or violent incidents. Furthermore, low crime rates can have a positive impact on property values and the overall desirability of an area. There were 162 crimes per 100,000 residents, which signifies that Bangor boasts an impressively low violent crime rate that falls well below the national average.

Unemployment rates can vary significantly among cities, impacting job prospects, wage levels and the overall economic health of an area. In Bangor, the unemployment rate stands at 2.75%, suggesting increased job opportunities and a heightened demand for workers. This scenario can lead to higher wages, as the demand for employees outpaces job availability. Importantly, a low unemployment rate often signifies a robust and flourishing local economy.

A robust real estate market serves as a crucial economic indicator, reflecting the local area's strength, stability and the confidence of its residents. Bangor excels in the housing sector, scoring high marks based on factors such as median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability. These calculations suggest that the apartment rental and real estate market in the region is exceptionally healthy, highlighting the area's economic vitality and attractiveness to potential homebuyers and renters.

Bangor real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Bangor. The median home price for Bangor homes is $155,200, which is 11.8% lower than the Maine average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Bangor, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 5.7% lower than the Maine average.

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      Bangor transportation information

      Statistic Bangor Maine National
      Average one way commute17min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.3%78.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.1%10.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.0%0.6%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%0.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.1%4.0%2.8%
      Working from home6.9%5.5%4.6%
      Source: The Bangor, ME data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).