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Home to a Small Liberal Arts College, Down-to-Earth Brunswick Sits on Maine's Beautiful Mid-Coast and is Dotted with Classic Architecture
On Maine's gorgeous mid-coast, down-to-earth Brunswick is bounded on the north by the Androscoggin River and on the south by Maquoit Bat and Middle Bay. It is home to Bowdoin College, a small, selective liberal arts college with 1,800 students.
The city is dotted with classic New England architecture, and the downtown, authentic and well-maintained, has red brick buildings with shops, galleries, banks and offices. The active downtown association sponsors festivals, a farmers' market and a music series. Neighborhoods, whether modest or affluent, are leafy and have a variety of home styles, including Cape Cod, Colonial, arts and crafts and bungalow. Two of Bowdoin's museums, the Museum of Art and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, play an integral part in the city's cultural life. Residents have a good selection of restaurants, from fine dining to burger joints.
The Bay Bridge Landing offers access to ice fishing and Merrymeeting Bay. Wolf's Neck Woods State Park has a guided nature program, and Popham Beach is a rare geologic landform and a sunbathers' favorite. There is also an award-winning bike path. Commutes to Portland and Augusta take less than an hour.
Population: 21,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 45%
Cost of Living: 7% above the national average
Median Home Price: $450,000
Climate: This area has cool summers with temperatures in the 60s, 70s and 80s and cold winters with temperatures in the teens, 20s and 30s. On average, it receives 46 inches of rain and 72 inches of snow per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes. The city is also served by Amtrak and an excursion railroad.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 38%
Is Maine Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Notes: Brunswick has maintained its population during the last decade, and home prices have increased 1% since last year. Mainers are very practical people, and the hardy residents of Brunswick are no exception.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The most northern state of the seven New England states, Maine is characterized by a rugged, scenic coast and an interior peppered with pristine lakes, rolling hills and thick forests. Parts of the state are very remote, while other areas, most notably the southern coastal and mid-coastal towns, are more easily accessible. They are also very crowded during tourist season.
Vacationers come for the amazing scenery. In fact, Maine has some of the country's prettiest coastal areas. People also come for the lobster and other tempting seafood. Some of the most popular tourist towns include Portland, Camden, Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Kennebunkport and Freeport, where L.L. Bean and dozens of outlet stores are located.
Apple cider stands, winding country roads, friendly, down to earth people and roadside cafes that serve delicious blueberry pancakes and sumptuous lobster dinners are highlights of the Maine that few tourists ever see.
Summers are humid but not too hot. Autumn's crisp, cool air begins to arrive in late August. Winters are not for the faint of heart, but they are breathtakingly beautiful.
Mainers like to say, "Ayuh, you can't thare from here," but everyone should visit magical Maine at least once.
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