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Old 09-14-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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Are they really that different?

I know there are some major differences, such as climate, religion, and population...and some other differences such as unemployment and crime rates etc.

But all in all do they have a lot of similarities?

Being from Maine, I know a lot of people who have primary residence in Maine, and go to NC for the Winters, and I know plenty of NC people who have vacation homes in Maine for the Summers, or visit yearly for the summer. Climate is a huge roll, but from what I have heard both seem to like one another.

When looking at other places, say California wondering about NC...the cons are usually humid and bugs. But when comparing Maine to NC, Maine has tons of bugs also, to the point where we used to keep a handivac at the door to suck out the mosquitoes on the ceiling after the door was opened. Huge June beetles, and tons of other pests, esp if you are near water. Also Maine can be very humid too, even though it is not hot and humid, sometimes it can be cool and soaking wet-just as sticky and gross, but less people have central air from there, so it's noticeable. We have had summers that have had NO sun, and it has rained for 7 weeks straight, and your sofa's were damp. I also find that people in Maine are very friendly, and will help their neighbors, like NC I hear. That both have tons of wildlife, just different species, that both have beautiful mountains, and oceans a like. Both even depend of a certain amount of tourism, esp on the beaches. Both seem to be rated as a great place to raise a family, and do outdoor activities, just one is more devout to cold weather sports, the other warm weather sports.

So....... would it be that much of a change from one side or the other to move permanently to the other state? As far as people and such? What are other differences, and other similarities.

I would love to hear from people who have lived in both, been to both, or also vaca in one-live in the other.
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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The people alone are quite different in my opinion and much more varied in NC with regional differences between the mountains, piedmont and the coast whereas in Maine outside of Portland and a few tourist areas people tend to be more the same.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:57 PM
 
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Maine is like a whole other world to me for some reason. Too many differences between the two states to list.
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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You can find a bit of Maine on the coast of North Carolina...the Outer Banks brogue is more New England than it is NC. Other than that I can't think of too many similarities. The topography of the western end of NC might have somewhat of a Maine feel, but NC is much more urban and populated than Maine.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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Are they really that different?

and I know plenty of NC people who have vacation homes in Maine for the Summers, or visit yearly for the summer.
That surprises me. I never heard of any NC people going to Maine for the summer - are these people who originally came from the North ? If they want cooler weather, they could just go to western NC.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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That surprises me. I never heard of any NC people going to Maine for the summer - are these people who originally came from the North ? If they want cooler weather, they could just go to western NC.
You know, I am not sure why. Maine has a very cool summer. Lots of beauty and things to see. I think a lot of the NC ppl stay towards the coastline...near all the light houses and other touristy but still secluded type things. Or even have houses with in a towns drive of the coast line.

Maybe they are just looking for peace and quiet along the coast, where NC beaches have a lot more people crowding them? Maybe they are looking for a place to retire when they get older? I have even seen a lot of NC license plates, so some people drive up there too. Maybe because it might be the next closest thing to their state, but you actually have to get through the crazy populated mid-Atlantic states to get to it? I have no idea on the why. That was why I was asking this question. And, no one I have met up there, has been from Maine originally.

No one who posted stated if they have lived in both, or even where you are from. That's what I am interested in. Are you all from NC?
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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Oh, and I am sure people who live in NC don't just ONLY go to Western NC. I am sure lots of them actually leave the state!
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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The people alone are quite different in my opinion and much more varied in NC with regional differences between the mountains, piedmont and the coast whereas in Maine outside of Portland and a few tourist areas people tend to be more the same.


How long have you spent in Maine?
I don't find people to be the same at all. Many varied artists, and writers, and musicians...a lot of them famous people too. Yes, there is not much demographic difference, but I do find that there are a lot of people with a variety of beliefs, and faiths, and ways of life...completely unique to one another. I don't find all "Mainers" to be grouped into one mold type.
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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The people alone are quite different in my opinion and much more varied in NC with regional differences between the mountains, piedmont and the coast whereas in Maine outside of Portland and a few tourist areas people tend to be more the same.
Southern Maine (Portland area & York County) has more in common with coastal Mass & NH and is more developed. Northern Maine up near the crown of the state, the Allagash, and deep woods up there have a whole different lifestyle with a whoe lot of variance in between. Maine is not a monolithic state. Your point is very flawed and uninformed.

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Old 09-15-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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Southern Maine (Portland area & York County) has more in common with coastal Mass & NH and is more developed. Northern Maine up near the crown of the state, the Allagash, and deep woods up there have a whole different lifestyle with a whle lots of variance in between. Maine is not a monolithic state. Your point is very flawed and uninformed.
I think he said almost the same thing you said above..."in Maine outside of Portland and a few tourist areas people tend to be more the same". He didn't say that the state is monolithic, but designated Portland and a few other areas as different from the rest - just like you did.
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