Augusta, Maine
A Water Street block in Augusta has been spruced up like a child’s paint box. Photographed by Michael D. Wilson.

The Best Places to Live in Maine Right Now

Can you picture yourself in one of these 12 Maine towns?

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.)

Best Places to Live in Maine: Augusta, Maine


A new crop of downtown entrepreneurs has a message: Don’t Dis ’Gusta.

Best Places to Live in Maine: Rangeley, Maine


Who really needs a ski mountain, anyway?

Best Places to Live in Maine: Hope, Maine


All the perks of the Camden Hills, with way more affordable homes than in neighboring Camden.

Best Places to Live in Maine: Ellsworth, Maine


A town with momentum at Acadia’s front door.

Best Places to Live in Maine: Brunswick, Maine


A vibrant college town with back-door access to the coast.

Best Places to Live in Maine: Westbrook, Maine


Is Westbrook Stealing Portland’s thunder?

Best Places to Live in Maine: Hampden Academy, Maine


A Bangor bedroom community with an A+ school system.

Best Places to Live in Maine: Brooksville, Maine


The good life in McCloskey country.

Best Places to Live in Maine: Biddeford, Maine


A historic mill town in the midst of a revival.

Best Places to Live in Maine: Eastport hosts the state’s largest 4th of July festival


Quirky and coastal — and a bargain.

Best Places to Live in Maine: The scenic Salmon Falls River, South Berwick, Maine

South Berwick

A southern Maine gem at the intersection of nature and history.

Best Places to Live in Maine: North Haven

North Haven

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 ( awards scores based on an assessment of a community’s walkability. GreatSchools ( 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.