The state nickname of Maine is “Vacationland” and Southern Maine deserves a lot of credit for earning this moniker. With beautiful suburban, oceanfront communities like Falmouth and Yarmouth, as well as the gorgeous Lake Region communities of Sebago, Bridgton and Windham, it’s no wonder why over one-third of Maine’s population lives in Southern Maine.
Oh, and don’t forget about Portland, the state’s vibrant cultural hub and one of New England’s most attractive cities. Southern Maine is where artists, foodies, entrepreneurs, skiers and sailors all find common ground.
Portland, MaineMore Info
The bustling city of Portland is the epicenter of culture and commerce in Maine. This vibrant waterfront community boasts award-winning restaurants, a thriving economy and a captivating arts and music scene.
Portland’s population of 67,000 annual residents makes it the largest city in the state. The Greater Portland Metropolitan Area accounts for one-third of Maine’s total population.
Falmouth, MaineMore Info
Falmouth is a lovely, suburban waterfront community, just north of Portland. Many residents choose to live in Falmouth because of its excellent public school system, close proximity to cities like Portland and Augusta, and its beautiful residential neighborhoods.
Falmouth has a population of about 12,000 annual residents; although, it is busiest in the summer due to the passionate boating/sailing culture here.
South Portland, MaineMore Info
South Portland is a community that has it all. This idyllic suburban town is just minutes from downtown Portland, making it particularly popular for those who commute to the city for work or school. South Portland is a thriving, family-friendly and business-friendly community with all the necessary resources to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Westbrook, MaineMore Info
Westbrook is a comfortable, friendly suburban-style city located just west of Portland. Westbrook is situated along the I-95 corridor making it easy to travel north toward Augusta or south toward Kennebunkport. The population is about 18,000, in large part consisting of families and couples.
Bridgton, MaineMore Info
Bridgton Maine is located in the northwest corner of Cumberland County, about 20 minutes from the Maine/New Hampshire border and about 45 minutes west of Portland. Bridgton is great for outdoor enthusiasts and vacationers but is still primarily made up of year-round residents.
Brunswick, MaineMore Info
Brunswick is one of the largest towns in Maine, spanning 54 square miles at the north end of Casco Bay. Brunswick is well known because of its thriving local economy, beautiful coastline, and as the home of Bowdoin College.
Sebago, MaineMore Info
Sebago is a small town located in southwestern Maine along the shore of Sebago Lake. While Sebago is very popular among vacationers, it is also a great place to live year round. Many full-time residents choose to live in Sebago because of the beautiful natural surroundings and commute about 45 minutes to Portland for work during the week.
Windham, MaineMore Info
Windham is a family-friendly, rural town located about 20 minutes north of Portland in the lakes region of southern Maine. The majority of residents here year-round, but the beautiful landscape and lakefront property in Windham make it popular for vacationers as well.
Kennebunk & Kennebunkport, MaineMore Info
Kennebunk/Kennebunkport are neighboring towns along the southern coast of Maine. These suburban towns are very popular, especially in the summer, because of the festive atmosphere and great restaurants and shopping. These towns are located only about a half hour from Portland.
Buxton, MaineMore Info
Buxton is a quiet country town located close to many of the greatest attractions in Southern Maine. In a mere 15-20 minutes you can be shopping or dining in the Old Port of Portland, relaxing on the beach or having fun at the arcade in Old Orchard Beach, sailing or fishing on Sebago Lake, paddling or tubing down the Saco River, skiing at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton or gazing at the White Mountains in NH. It’s about 1.5 hours drive to Boston. The median income is $60K and there are a little over 8000 residents in town. Buxton is bordered by Standish, Gorham, Saco, and Hollis. Residents are primarily year-round; there are some seasonal residents who own property on Bonny Eagle Pond.
Yarmouth, MaineMore Info
Yarmouth is a mid-sized suburb of Portland, Maine, with gorgeous oceanfront and riverfront neighborhoods. Like many towns in this area, Yarmouth has a prevalent boating/sailing community.
Yarmouth has a diversified commercial base of small businesses offering everything one could possibly be looking from its locally owned and operated shops, to the greenhouse/garden center and restaurants. Because Yarmouth is only 12 miles north of Portsmouth, many residents commute into the city for work.
Standish, MaineMore Info
Standish is a wonderful community in southern Maine within commuting distance to Portland. Residents choose to live in Standish for its affordability and its beautiful lakes. Standish has several wonderful neighborhoods to choose from with large lot sizes that you don't typically see in neighborhoods in other communities.
Cumberland, MaineMore Info
Cumberland Maine is ideally situated along the Casco Bay, about 15 minutes from Portland, Maine. Cumberland is home to about 7,000 annual residents who share a common passion for their community.
Biddeford, MaineMore Info
The city of Biddeford is a blend of urban, suburban and rural with an up and coming vibrant downtown. The mill complexes, covering 35 acres of the downtown, are amidst a 10+ year renaissance, now housing thousands of residents and hundreds of businesses.
Convenient access to the Interstate 95 means Portland is only a 20-minute ride to the north, and Kennebunkport is a 15 ride to the south using Route 1.
New Gloucester, MaineMore Info
New Gloucester is a charming town in southern Maine, about 15 minutes south of Lewiston/Auburn and 30 minutes north of Portland. This beautiful community has rolling hills and valleys, and many operating farms. New Gloucester treasures its rural character yet seeks to blend its future growth with the traditions of the past.
Saco, MaineMore Info
Saco, Maine, is an energetic and welcoming town with several beautiful historic neighborhoods. Portland, Maine, is only about 20 mins from Saco and many residents choose to commute for work.
Over the years, Saco has earned a reputation as both family-friendly and business-friendly. It’s no surprise why nearly 19,000 people choose to call Saco home.
Scarborough, MaineMore Info
Scarborough, Maine, is a beautiful waterfront community in southern Maine. The residents of Scarborough share a passion for coastal Maine and many spend time sailing and boating during the summer.
Scarborough is ideally located just 10 mins south of Portland and many residents commute into the city for work. This is lovely town is one of Maine’s fastest growing communities.
Wells, MaineMore Info
Wells, Maine, is a small town on the southeast coast of Maine. In addition to its coastal location, Wells is attractive because it is about 30 mins from both Portland, ME, (to the north) and Portsmouth, NH, (to the south).
Freeport, MaineMore Info
Freeport Maine is a small town in eastern Maine along the northern coast of the Casco Bay. Freeport is located about 20 mins north of Portland and 40 mins south of Augusta. Freeport is well-known for its great shopping including L.L. Bean’s flagship store.
Waterboro, MaineMore Info
Home to Southern Maine’s largest housing development, Waterboro is a quiet town located 45 minutes west of Portland.
Raymond, MaineMore Info
Located on beautiful Sebago Lake, Raymond offers a healthy, and uniquely peaceful environment. Raymond is an all-season recreation center close to the Western Maine and New Hampshire mountain regions.
Gorham, MaineMore Info
Gorham is a rural, up and coming, family friendly town located about 20 minutes west of Portland. This charming small town is close to all the great things Maine has to offer. The ocean is about 20 minutes away from some of the best sandy beaches in the country. Gorham is one of those towns where you truly feel like everyone knows your name.
Gray, MaineMore Info
Gray is a rural town with a mix of suburban neighborhoods. Centrally located between the two largest cities in Maine, Lewiston and Portland, Gray is a mix of suburban neighborhoods and rural living. Within 30 minutes are many of Maine’s major employment hubs. Five state highways and I95 intersect in Gray Village, which is often referred to as the “Crossroads of Maine”. 90% of Gray consists of forestland and lakes.
Pownal, MaineMore Info
Pownal is a community of about 1500 residents located between North Yarmouth, Freeport, Durham, and New Gloucester. The rural charm offers residents many recreational activities.