Best Places to Live in Maine 2015

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What makes a great Maine hometown?

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.

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On vacation every day.


The Little Easy.

The Kennebunks

Sisters by the sea.


Oxford Hills comeback.

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New urban energy.


Small city. Big sophistication.

South Bristol

Saltwater pastoral.


One smart town.

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Want to see more? Don’t miss our new list of Maine’s Best Places to Live 2016!



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