The answer, of course, depends on what you’re looking for. We considered every one of Maine’s 494 cities, towns, and plantations and asked our hearts: which places would we most like to call home? Then we turned to you, our readers, and hundreds of you responded. Some of your choices matched ours; others did not. Next, we compared census and state planning data, took scouting trips, and talked to residents, whittling our selections — and yours — down to eight communities that we think deserve your attention.