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Old 01-07-2015, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Queens, NY
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Is Bangor an easy place to make friends? Are there many artists? Is it retiree-friendly? We're thinking of retiring there in the future. I'm a psychotherapist and would want to have a private practice. Would people be open to that, or is it very conservative? All thoughts on there things would be helpful!
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Bangor is friendly, has great hospitals and many recreational opportunities. Housing costs are moderate. Maine's cities are more liberal than our rural areas. I don't know about the arts community, but there are a few "life coaches" which may indicate a need for psychotherapy on a more trained and certified level.
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Queens, NY
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Thank you so much for that info. Very helpful.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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I'm not sure what you mean by being "open" to you opening a practice in Bangor? And what has being conservative have to do with it? Maybe some self-analysis might be in order Sounds like more likely to be a business decision.

Bangor has fantastic hospitals, yet still has a small city feel to it. I don't have an artistic bone in my body, but I know that there are galleries all around Bangor and coastal Maine. One of the great things about Bangor is that is is surrounded by communities that is is difficult to imagine that one could not make a choice that fit their lifestyle.

Have you visited Bangor yet? If you aren't familiar with the weather in central Maine I'd advise that you rent for a year to make sure it is what you want.
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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Bangor is not as artsy as the costal towns of rockland, camden, belfast or portland. But some of those are not far away. Near Bangor is a university in Orono, University of Maine may have need for psychotherapy help or even teaching. There is also a few assisted living facilities with Alzheimer wings.

It is retiree friendly, in my opinions, but noone cold possibly know for sure if a private psychotherapy practice would well, Just doing a basic search suggests you'd have competition.

Dorothea Dix is the name of the local psychiatric center:
Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center; DHHS Maine
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:07 PM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Is Bangor an easy place to make friends? Are there many artists? Is it retiree-friendly? We're thinking of retiring there in the future. I'm a psychotherapist and would want to have a private practice. Would people be open to that, or is it very conservative? All thoughts on there things would be helpful!
Have you visited for any appreciable amount of time? That would be best for you to know if it's your cup of tea. Bangor has an arts community, and I don't think you'd have a problem finding clients for your practice either for that matter.

Good luck in your endeavors.

Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative |
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Bangor got high marks on a list of places to retire just last year. I know I could never live there. I would never be able to deal with, that kind of cold and long winters.
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Bangor is a nice city, I took these pics while I was there.















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Old 05-16-2015, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Queens, NY
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Thanks so much everyone for your help, and for the great pictures, Woxyroxme! I plan to visit this summer. Not so worried about the cold, we're former Minnesotans, where it was much colder. I am worried about the heating bills for oil-based heat though. And please pardon me for my weird question about people being open, I'm not sure what I had in mind when I wrote that. Maybe that some folks would not consider going to a therapist for help with their problems; conservatives might keep things in the family or go to a minister. Can't wait to visit the area. I've only been as far north as Rockland.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:34 PM
 
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From what I read on the Maine gov site, the price of No. 2 Oil is at an all-time low average of $2.49/gal, which is pretty competitive with the rest of the US.
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