Community. Natural beauty. Opportunity. Momentum. These 12 Maine towns — from coastal villages to mountain hamlets to the state capital — just might have what you’re looking for in your next home base. (Anyway, it’s fun to daydream.)
A Bangor bedroom community with an A+ school system.
The good life in McCloskey country.
A historic mill town in the midst of a revival.
Quirky and coastal — and a bargain.
A southern Maine gem at the intersection of nature and history.
North Haven in winter has a quiet beauty.
Population, income, age, and poverty data come from the most recent U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. Walk Score (walkscore.com) awards scores based on an assessment of a community’s walkability. GreatSchools (greatschools.org) rates Maine institutions based on publicly reported standardized test scores; Down East has calculated an average of ranked elementary, middle, and high schools, public and private. All of these stats provide only a generalized snapshot of a community and a starting point for further research, and factors like walkability can vary substantially from one area of town to the next.