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Best Places To Live In Maine 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score80
  • Yarmouth, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,709
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  • Scarborough, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,268
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  • Kennebunk, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,579
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  • Topsham, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,436
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  • Brunswick, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,564
  • Although I enjoy living in Brunswick, ME, there are very few things to do unless you travel outside the town limits. I've been here for about three years and moved to the area because I love the state of
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  • Saco, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,008
  • I experienced an awesome time while living in Saco Maine. The city is in York County Maine. Saco Maine is a twin city of Biddeford and is near Portland. The town is known for its energetic Funtown
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  • North Windham, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,226
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  • Gorham, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,331
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  • Brewer, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,284
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  • Winslow, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,636
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  • Orono, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,601
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  • Belfast, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,641
  • Belfast has over 20 local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers! Want to be closely involved in how your town is run and where your food comes from? This town is for you! The setting could not be
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  • Ellsworth, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,879
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  • South Portland, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,397
  • Living in South Portland, ME I get to experience all four seasons. The winters are very cold and covered in snow. The Summers are warm and sunny. Autumn and spring offer cool temps and beautiful
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  • Auburn, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,943
  • Auburn is a small city in Maine, far enough away from any other big cities to make it feel like you're in the country, but with enough amenities to keep you active and happy. I spent a couple years
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  • Rockland, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,220
  • I moved just outside Rockland about a year ago. We had visited here for 25 years plus, each year. Finally built a house and made the move. We were blown away by the experience we've had with the people
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  • Bangor, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,491
  • I moved to Bangor with my family and it has been the greatest decision of my entire life. My wife and kids love it here. We have a great downtown, lots of nice restaurants, friendly faces, plenty of
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  • Portland, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,649
  • I joined this site for the sole purpose of writing this one review. We walked for an hour before finding the one non-juice vegan option in town (@Portland Regency Hotel & Spa-vegan “pulled pork”-not a
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  • Gardiner, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,670
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  • Westbrook, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,969
  • Westbrook, Maine is a lot of fun to live in. It is a suburb of the largest city in Maine, Portland. Westbrook has the wonderful small town feel but is within easy distance of any activity you might want
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  • Bath, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,334
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  • Lewiston, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,277
  • Lewiston has a lot to offer for a small city. I enjoy taking advantage of some of the free activities that the city offers including the festivals at Androscoggin River in the summer and Lost Valley for
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  • Caribou, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,902
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  • Augusta, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,691
  • Augusta, ME is a visual mixture of old and new woven together on a beautiful landscape. Augusta was developed from a frontier existence and has evolved into the bustling city it is today. The industries
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  • Sanford, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,887
  • If you'll be welcoming friends and family into Sanford soon, there are several activities you can take advantage of. McDougal Orchards is a wonderful place to enjoy nature and there are lots of hiking
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  • Old Orchard Beach, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,727
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  • Waterville, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,134
  • Living in Watervills is definitely NOT something I would encourage anyone to do. I have lived here for 8 years now and let me tell you, things get better instead of worse here. It seems that the
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  • Biddeford, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,341
  • Biddeford is a beautiful area in Maine. It's not very large, and I know many of the people who live in the town. It's a place where you can enjoy being yourself without worrying about what you wear or
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  • Old Town, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,655
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  • Presque Isle, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,298
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  • Skowhegan, ME
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,662

Maine: A Beautiful State

Located in the northeastern most corner of the United States, Maine evokes images of rocky, rugged coastlines, vivid Northern Lights, snowy forests, and bucolic, rural fields. While Maine is a beautiful state, it also offers its residents a solid economy, a moderate cost of living, and an above-average quality of life. If you are planning a move to Maine, we can help you find the best places to live depending on your interests.

With a population of approximately 1.4 million residents, Maine is 41st in population. The coastal and southern areas of the state have the highest population density, while the northern counties bordering Canada are more sparsely populated. It borders New Hampshire to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean is directly east. Augusta is the state capital and second largest city with just over 60,000 residents. Portland is the state's largest city with the metro area being home to nearly half a million people and one-third of Maine's total population. If you are seeking an urban area, Portland is one of the best places in Maine to live.

Maine has a diverse economy with healthcare, retail, and tourism employing more people than other industries. However, agriculture, fishing, forestry, and manufacturing are also popular job markets. The unemployment rate in Maine is significantly lower than the national average. The cost of living in Maine is about on par with the national average. Housing is much less expensive than the national average, but utilities and groceries run a bit higher than average. The median income is alongside the national average. Lewiston and Bangor are two of the most affordable cities in Maine, while Portland and South Portland offer the most "bang for your buck," when you average the cost of living to the average income in those two cities. If affordability is on your list to help determine the best places to live, be sure to check out those locations.

Whether you want to spend time outdoors, enjoy art and culture, or visit attractions, Maine has plenty to do. Spring and summer are great for taking a leisurely drive along the coast, and the fall is especially beautiful to appreciate the vivid colors of the changing leaves. Hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park or walk the trails of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art are both excellent venues to appreciate all types of art through history and local artisans.

The weather in Maine features warm summers with highs in the 70s and 80s, but the winters can be severe, especially in the northern region. While severe weather is rare, nor'easters are severe winter storms that can cripple an area for a few days. Fortunately, there is often plenty of time to prepare for bad weather.

If you are looking to find the best places to live in Maine, use our search tools. You can customize your search for the best places in Maine based on area, population, or a variety of metrics including crime rates, affordability, and local schools. Once you find your new home town, you can enjoy all of the great things Maine has to offer.