Augusta is the state capital, located in central Maine along the flowing Kennebec River. Its population of about 18,000 residents makes it the ninth largest city in Maine. Augusta is situated along the I-95 corridor and it is approximately one hour from Portland and Bangor, and about 40 minutes from Lewiston/Auburn.
Central Maine is home to Augusta, the state’s proud capital, as well as several other smaller cities like Waterville, Gardiner, and Lewiston/Auburn. There are dozens of beautiful lakes scattered throughout the region and the Atlantic coastline is less than an hour away.
Lewiston and Auburn are neighboring communities in southern Central Maine. These small cities gained prominence in the late 1800’s as the preeminent shoe manufacturers in the United States. While the shoe industry is no longer prominent, these bustling communities remain popular because of their friendly residents and great location along the Androscoggin River.
Lewiston is home to Bates College, which is considered among the best liberal arts schools in the country.
Located on the banks of the Kennebec River, and right off of I95, Waterville is a great place to call home!
Litchfield is a historic, small town located 16 miles southwest of Augusta. There is a small commercial village area north of Woodbury Pond.
Located in the heart of Maine, Eastern Maine boasts the third largest city in the state, Bangor, as well as dozens of other charming towns and communities. The winding Penobscot River bisects this region and flows down into the Penobscot Bay, making this a great place for those who enjoy spending time in and around the water. The northern section of Eastern Maine extends along the I-95 corridor, so it is easy to travel from town to town.
The state’s third largest city has seen significant revitalization over the last few decades, making it a popular center of culture and commerce in Central Maine. Bangor originally gained prominence in the 1800’s as a booming lumber port, due to its advantageous location on the Penobscot River. Today, Bangor’s steady economy is driven by the services and retail industry, finance, and tourism.
Residents of Bangor tend to be active and enjoy a high quality of living, with access to a great public school system, relatively short commutes, and plenty of options for outdoor recreation.
Hampden, Maine, is a quiet, rural town located just outside of Bangor, Maine, along the Penobscot River. The public school system in Hampden has a great reputation and the lovely homes make this a highly desirable place to live, especially for families.
The shoreline of Mid-Coast Maine is a sight to behold. These friendly, hard working waterfront communities epitomize what it means to be a Mainer. In the summer, towns like Rockland and Wiscasset come alive with fantastic annual events and festivals, although, locals know that this is truly a great place to live year-round.
Wiscasset is a wonderful mix of families and retirees who are active and enjoy being outdoors. It is a community of approximately 3,000 people who enjoy the small village feeling near the waterfront a short distance from Portland, Augusta, and Rockland.
Rockland is a hip, up-and-coming community on the beautiful coast of Maine. This small town has a population of about 7,000 and is considered very family friendly. The downtown area is well-known for its historic brick roads, lovely boutiques, and great restaurants.
Damariscotta is an active, four-season community, located at the intersection of Route 1 and the Damariscotta River in the mid-coast region of Maine. This family-friendly town is only 30 minutes from Augusta and about an hour from Portland, making it attractive for commuters.
Bath, Maine, is located on a beautiful broad stretch of the Kennebec River, whose deep waters helped create and sustain a centuries-old shipbuilding tradition. Beautiful Downtown Bath has a unique mix of services, shops, and restaurants, which cater to locals and visitors alike. Many residents who move to Bath cite community involvement as a big reason for their move to Bath and often comment on how much this “small city” offers for its size. Bath is located about 45 minutes north of Portland.
Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor are located in Lincoln County along the middle of Maine’s expansive Atlantic coastline. Residents are a mixture of both year-round and seasonal but everyone can agree that the quiet charm of Boothbay/Boothbay Harbor is irresistible.
Warren, Maine, is a small town in Knox County about 5 miles from the coast with a population of about 5,000. Warren is a welcoming, classic New England town centered around community and a mutual appreciation of the beautiful surroundings.
Camden is truly a special place because of its unique geography and culture. This welcoming town offers residents and visitors access to both mountains and the ocean and it also has great shopping and restaurants. While Camden first gained popularity as a summer destination, it has grown into a great place to live year round.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Portland, many residents commute into the city for work.
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 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.
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 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, 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, 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, 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 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.
Home to Southern Maine’s largest housing development, Waterboro is a quiet town located 45 minutes west of Portland.
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 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 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.
Western Maine is known for its breathtaking landscape and welcoming communities. This region shares a border with New Hampshire and the iconic White Mountains span across the state lines. These mountains, in addition to those in the northern section of Western Maine, give local residents easy access to some of the best skiing, hiking and rock climbing in the northeast.
While Western Maine comprises many quaint rural towns, economic centers like North Conway, NH, and Portland, ME, are only a short drive away.
Fryeburg is situated along Maine’s western border in the foothills of New Hampshire’s magnificent White Mountains. Fryeburg’s location makes it ideal for commuters and adventurers alike. The town is less than an hour from bustling Portland and the Sunday River ski resort, 30 minutes from Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, NH, and only about 10 minutes from North Conway, NH.
Bethel is a beautiful, active community nestled in the mountains of western Maine. Bethel has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade and now has a bustling local economy, centered around tourism and retail. This lovely town is well-known because of its close proximity to Sunday River ski resort.
Norway, Maine, and Paris, Maine are neighboring towns in the state’s western region. While these are designated as separate towns, the area functions as a single community, residents share local resources and take part in many of the same events throughout the year. Much of the region is rural but there are several community centers with lovely shops, parks, and restaurants.
Hiram, Maine, is a small town in southwestern Maine close to the New Hampshire border. This quaint New England farm town has rolling hills and plenty of open space. Residents enjoy a pleasant balance of community and privacy.