What makes a great Maine hometown? The answer, of course, depends on what you’re looking for. Nonetheless some towns stand out when you start combing through census and other data. That’s what we did with 494 cities, towns, and plantations. After much number crunching and debate (for an explanation of our methodology, scroll to the bottom of the page), we turned to subjective knowledge. We compared our own experiences and we talked to residents, whittling our selections down to six well-rounded communities that we think deserve your attention. The list may surprise you. These are not the towns that typically attract attention from travel writers, but when it comes to people putting down roots, they are Maine’s sleeper hits. Along the way, we recognized dozens more communities with unique characteristics that anyone thinking of relocating should consider (buy the March 2014 issue to discover more places to live in Maine or see our 2015 Best Places list).