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Old 09-21-2006, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I know researching statistics online can be a real crap-shoot, varying greatly between the sources. I'm wondering how acurate the City-Data stats are. They are only showing up to 2000, which may mean they're too outdated. I wonder how much increase over those figures Maine has actually seen in the last 6 years.

Take for example their info on Belfast:

//www.city-data.com/city/Belfast-Maine.html

Would someone in the know please take a look for me. We're particularly intested in the household income average figures, the cost of property, schools, crime and utilities.

Thanks!
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:28 AM
 
Location: oklahoma
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generally, there is no worry about crime anywhere in the state of maine- it's probably one of the safest states. As for your question about the cost of gasoline and groceries, gasoline has been around 2.46 or so recently but it keeps fluctuating, it's been going down this fall. Groceries are probably standard prices, no more expensive than anywhere else I can imagine. Milk is definitly cheaper than your rates. Hannaford and Shaws are the supermarkets of choice around here.
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Old 09-21-2006, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Maine
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How much are common item like milk, bread, peanut butter, cereal, etc? I know that may sound like a silly question, but having 3 kids to feed, I'm an avid price shopper!
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Old 09-21-2006, 11:27 AM
 
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at Shaws supermarket here in eastern CT- A medium box of Cherrios sales for 2 for $5- on sale- which is frequent. Peanut butter- Jiffy low fat-which I buy is $2.00 on sale- Bread at Price Chopper- whole wheat split top $1.39
Milk at the Service station (cheapest) 1 gallon 1% fat for $1.99.

Pound of Atlantic salmon $5.99-$6.99 a pound- Frozen Haddock at sea $3.99 a pound- Lobster $6.99-7.99 a pound

hope this helps
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Old 09-21-2006, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Thanks! That is really helpful. We pay about the same for Cheerios - $2.67 a box, PB is $1.98, WW bread Walmart store brand is $1.38 and our gallon of ANY fat content milk is $3.29. We actually buy Soy milk by the half gallon and that runs $2.36. Now milk at our service station/convenience store will run $5 or so. We don't buy groceries there unless it's an absolute emergency, like Christmas morning when the stores are closed and we forgot to stock up!

I just got a sale paper today listing frozen, packaged salmon for $6.99 a pound and our live lobster (in aquariums at large grocery stores) is $16 a pound or so. I can never find Haddock except at restaurants. I can't wait to be able to shop the fresh catch at the harbor! We are vegetarian and fish is the only meat we eat. I can't imagine what truly fresh fish tastes like! I can't wait to try one of those lobster roll I keep hearing about when we visit Maine in March.
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Rothschild, WI
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Thanks! That is really helpful. We pay about the same for Cheerios - $2.67 a box, PB is $1.98, WW bread Walmart store brand is $1.38 and our gallon of ANY fat content milk is $3.29. We actually buy Soy milk by the half gallon and that runs $2.36. Now milk at our service station/convenience store will run $5 or so. We don't buy groceries there unless it's an absolute emergency, like Christmas morning when the stores are closed and we forgot to stock up!

I just got a sale paper today listing frozen, packaged salmon for $6.99 a pound and our live lobster (in aquariums at large grocery stores) is $16 a pound or so. I can never find Haddock except at restaurants. I can't wait to be able to shop the fresh catch at the harbor! We are vegetarian and fish is the only meat we eat. I can't imagine what truly fresh fish tastes like! I can't wait to try one of those lobster roll I keep hearing about when we visit Maine in March.
OMG, lobster rolls! Yum!!! When we visit Maine I pretty much live on those! On one of our visits McDonald's was even selling lobster roll value meals....
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Maine
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We don't usually eat at McD's because ever their fries are made from 40% animal fat, but we may have to check them out for lobster McRolls!
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Old 09-22-2006, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Maine
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So how about those City-Data stats? How close really? Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Maine
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So how about those City-Data stats? How close really? Thanks!
It's odd. Most of their crime stats and stuff are really current. But when it comes to things like median home prices, etc., most of their data seems to stop around 2000 --- and housing prices have changed A LOT since 2000.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:26 AM
 
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Other seafood here is incredible- Fresh Haddock ($6.99 Lb) Fresh Perch ($5.99)
Fresh Cod ($7.99 lb) These prices can be a buck lower on sale.
Lots of other fish-sole, snapper, shark, Mahai, Steelhead trout, trout, crablegs, Tuna, Swordfish (all available fresh)

Scallops, shrimp- and wonderful clams- my favorite fresh mussels from Prince Edward Island Ca. $3.99 a pound.

Food prices here are about at a parody with many areas of the country. Filet Mignon goes for about $15.99 a pound.

Produce is cheap in the spring through Autumn- but goes up in the winter.
Green peppers $1.25-1.40 a pound now Summer and Zuchinni squash from $1.00-1.50 a pound. Pumpkins (Jack O Lanterns for a huge one $6.99)
Its Apple season- pretty cheap now.
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