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Old 07-08-2017, 02:00 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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So Mainers outside of the Portland area are not too accepting of newcomers? I was thinking of settling somewhere other than the Portland area. I am introverted, reserved and almost always do things alone. I am gay, in great physical shape and very liberal, anti-gun, etc.
Its being a liberal that gives people pause. My girlfriend is and I am Democrat. Along the coast you will be fine, the further inland you get the stronger conservative it will get.

Read some of my posts starting at the beginning and you can make your own judgment. I have had many Private Messages asking questions about my time in Maine. I just want to give people a balanced picture of the state before you uproot your life and take a chance. Maine isn't all bad but it's not the Utopia as described in these forums. Watch "Northern Woods Law" on the History Channel it is very informative of the deep woods of Maine.

True though, don't take Route One North until you get past Portland, the traffic can be worse than Los Angeles.
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Southern New England
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G1, great YouTube clip of knife edge hike. Thanks for posting.
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Starting off at the base camp(ranger station) should be about three hours(maybe less).If you are skilled and daring try coming down "knife's edge" it should take an hour or so.There is nothing more stunning then the top of Katahdin.Yes I have done it,it was awesome and I will always remember it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbsk6Rxc2KI
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The most 'extreme' inhospitality I have seen has been that voiced on this forum at times.

It is very rare and unusual to find it In-Real-Life.

I migrated to Maine in 2005.
As we found the same as well
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Old 07-08-2017, 04:38 PM
 
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Starting off at the base camp(ranger station) should be about three hours(maybe less).If you are skilled and daring try coming down "knife's edge" it should take an hour or so.There is nothing more stunning then the top of Katahdin.Yes I have done it,it was awesome and I will always remember it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbsk6Rxc2KI
You want to allow at least 8 hours round trip, from what I remember longer if you plan on doing the Knife Edge.
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Old 07-08-2017, 04:44 PM
 
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So Mainers outside of the Portland area are not too accepting of newcomers? I was thinking of settling somewhere other than the Portland area. I am introverted, reserved and almost always do things alone. I am gay, in great physical shape and very liberal, anti-gun, etc.
Rural ME is more conservative than Portland and coastal ME, but it's pretty much Live-and-Let-Live all over. But especially in the more rural areas, you might want to keep your progressive, anti-gun views to yourself at least until people get to know you better. You will most likely be tolerated, but at the same time possibly alienate some people. In Portland or Bangor it won't matter, and if you ever do move to/find work in ME it will likely be in one of the few main cities anyway.
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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The golden rule is alive and well in Maine
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Rural ME is more conservative than Portland and coastal ME, but it's pretty much Live-and-Let-Live all over. But especially in the more rural areas, you might want to keep your progressive, anti-gun views to yourself at least until people get to know you better. You will most likely be tolerated, but at the same time possibly alienate some people. In Portland or Bangor it won't matter, and if you ever do move to/find work in ME it will likely be in one of the few main cities anyway.
The majority of the jobs in my field in Maine are in the Portland area. But I don't really count that as real Maine, because it's in the extreme southwestern corner of the state. It's basically New Hampshire. It looks and feels almost exactly like New Hampshire, I think.
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Old 07-08-2017, 06:18 PM
 
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The majority of the jobs in my field in Maine are in the Portland area. But I don't really count that as real Maine, because it's in the extreme southwestern corner of the state. It's basically New Hampshire. It looks and feels almost exactly like New Hampshire, I think.
It's sort of a big Portsmouth. I don't see it as having a whole lot in common with inland NH.
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Old 07-08-2017, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Maine
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If you don't want to be in Greater Portland, but would like to live in a somewhat liberalish area, Bangor is probably your best choice. It's not super big, but there are more job opportunities compared to the Midcoast, and there are young people around.
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Old 07-08-2017, 07:53 PM
 
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Another thing to consider is that while it is certainly a live and let live place, it's also one of the most firearm friendly states in the country. Most who live here like it that way. Maine also flips back and forth with Vermont as the top safest state to live in. If any of those things bother you, maybe you should consider somewhere else. If you are OK accepting it how it is while maintaining your philosophical differences, then that would work as well.
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