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Old 07-06-2017, 10:03 PM
 
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I agree be very wary of Route 1 in the summer time, at least until you get past Brunswick or even Wiscasset. TERRIBLE traffic jams at times.
Chimney Pond is an amazing short hike; you are right down in the "bowl" of Katahdin, looking up at it.
Right, I would definitely get north of Wiscasset if you want to avoid the bad jams.
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Old 07-06-2017, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I will definitely take that advice about Route 1. The last thing I want is to sit in painful traffic for tens of miles during my vacation. Especially with my leg/hip pain issues while driving.
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:21 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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You are going to be doing alot of driving if you try to cover all that territory in a 2-3 day trip. Maine is b-i-g.


From what I know, having family there, Portland area would be place for younger folks. But there are many knowledgeable posters here, they will probably weight in. Good luck.
Big? Not really, Its ranked 39th in size.
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:56 AM
 
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Big? Not really, Its ranked 39th in size.
Of course you are correct, I should have been more specific. Maine is big compared to other NE states. If I remember correctly, mid CT to Portland is less than half the distance of Portland to Eastport.
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Old 07-07-2017, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (lovely hills but no ocean...)
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I doubt you'll run into any moose or bear in Acadia. Have fun though. I still haven't had the guts to do the beehive trail yet.
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Old 07-07-2017, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Maine
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But anyway, how come the state lags far behind with young people?
Maine is a great place to live, but Maine is a hard place to make a living. Simple as that.
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Maine is up in the corner of the country (and there ain't much to the northeast of us.......or so goes the thinking).
So for 75 years the young people have felt the need to "get away" and see the world. I did it. Many, many young people have.


The economy is a big part of it. But it's also the fact that young people are not QUITE as enthused about Maine lighthouses as 60-somethings, it turns out. They are more excited about things like NYC, California, Florida, Boston, seeing the world in the military, going away to university, huge concerts every week, professional sports teams, etc. etc. etc. And once they leave, they often don't come back.
IMHO.
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Maine is up in the corner of the country (and there ain't much to the northeast of us.......or so goes the thinking).
So for 75 years the young people have felt the need to "get away" and see the world. I did it. Many, many young people have.


The economy is a big part of it. But it's also the fact that young people are not QUITE as enthused about Maine lighthouses as 60-somethings, it turns out. They are more excited about things like NYC, California, Florida, Boston, seeing the world in the military, going away to university, huge concerts every week, professional sports teams, etc. etc. etc. And once they leave, they often don't come back.
IMHO.
Well then I think those young people are stupid. I am 33 and I appreciate the beauty of Maine. I don't care about popular places, big cities, concerts, colleges, sports, etc. All I care about is peace, quiet, easy going lifestyle, nature, and having a few good friends. I don't care much for manmade activities like Disney World or all-inclusive hotel resorts.
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Old 07-07-2017, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I noticed that Maine has the highest median age of any state in the entire nation, with a median age of about 43 years old. I am 33 and live in Connecticut. I have visited Maine and think is a beautiful place and have even dreamed of living there. But why is the population skewed older than any state in the nation? Is it because young people don't like it? Is it brain drain? Or what? I don't get it. Maine is the cheapest New England state to live in, and is affordable in general. Is the job market just difficult? What are the reasons why the state doesn't have many young people?

Are there young enclaves throughout the state? Maybe Portland or something?

Next week I am planning a 2-3 day trip to Maine. I will be driving up by myself (if weather permits). I have been to the Portland area already, five years ago and loved it, but that was just the tip of the state. I want to explore much more of the coast all the way up through that Down East area or whatever it's called. I want to see Acadia National Park and Baxter National Park. I won't do any hiking though because I'm scared of moose, caribou and bears. Then I want to go allllllll the way up to Caribou and all the way to the end of U.S. 1. The whole area looks stunning just by looking on Google Maps. I think I will fall in love with it, since I'm a nature lover.

But anyway, how come the state lags far behind with young people? It kind of concerns me. I am currently unemployed and looking for an accounting job here in the Hartford, CT area, but may expand my search to the entire state of CT or heck, even all of New England soon (including ME), depending on how things go in the coming weeks. I'm sure ME would be an extreme culture shock though for someone from CT.
There is a general trend I have seen written about in the Bangor Daily News often. Young adults leave Maine seeking high-paying careers and excitement, while retirees migrate to Maine for the lifestyle and low COL.

Both of our sons have left Maine after we moved to Maine for our retirement.

In our personal circle of friends, the young people are primarily college students from away.

The only other place where I see young adults is through MOFGA. Not in huge numbers though, but they do exist. Young adults come to Maine for opportunities to become self-sufficient farmers.
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Old 07-07-2017, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Well then I think those young people are stupid. I am 33 and I appreciate the beauty of Maine. I don't care about popular places, big cities, concerts, colleges, sports, etc. All I care about is peace, quiet, easy going lifestyle, nature, and having a few good friends. I don't care much for manmade activities like Disney World or all-inclusive hotel resorts.


I agree with you. I "sowed my oats" for a couple years at college in PA. Then I beat feet back to Maine. It seems we are in the minority, though; I bet that 75% of the young people who leave Maine don't ever really come back to settle here.

One way to tell that Maine is inherently a good place is by looking at who moves TO it. As Sub points out, a fair amount of retirees move in, despite the weather. Also, many young-ish successful people who grew up and lived in the more populous states choose to move to Maine once they land a great job.
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