People flock to Maine for the natural beauty, it has an incredible coastline, mountains, lakes and quaint towns that make you feel like you’re always welcome.  There is a reason that Maine is referred to as “Vacationland”.  You may have spent your summers there fishing and swimming but Maine is a great place to live all year round.

The Friendliness of the People of Maine

The friendliness of the people of Maine is something you have to experience to understand.  As you go about your day you will meet helpful shop keepers and genuinely friendly employees that will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and help you find whatever you need.  After the horrific ice storm hit the state back in 1998 line crews came from all over the country to help restore the power and were amazed by the hospitality they received here.

Only about half of the current residents in Maine were actually born and raised there so you tend to find many people in the same predicament as you, a newcomer in a new town.  This may explain why people tend to be so warm and welcoming.  Remember that at most of Maine is very rural so you’re new arrival will be noticed by neighbors so don’t be surprised when they drop by and say hello.

The Honor System

Maine has one of the lowest crime rates in the country so if you’re looking for a safe place to raise a family then Maine is ideal.  Random violent crime is virtually unheard of and the entire state sees 15-20 homicides per year whereas the city of Detroit sees one every day.  In some of the smaller towns in Maine the local store is open even when staff aren’t there, you can buy a bag of potatoes and leave your money in a can…can you imagine doing that anywhere else?

These aren’t the only perks to making Maine your permanent home, here are some more.

  • No more dealing with the drought/flood cycle that you find in other states, Maine actually has pretty stable weather. Summers rarely see temps above 90F and winters are milder than upstate NY, MI or most of the Midwest.
  • No more sales tax at LL Bean
  • Stephen King lives here
  • Maine has 4 very distinct and incredible seasons, you get completely new scenery every 3 months, the summer flowers, the changing leaves in fall, the pristine snow drifts in winter and spring flowers seeking the sun.
  • You get to live where other people go on vacations…how cool is that?