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Old 01-22-2018, 04:49 PM
 
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My husband have been trying to decide where to retire and love MA, NH, AND especially ME. We have made so many trips over the past few years. We are lifelong democrats and have landed in 2 really right wing areas over the past 30 years due to work. Before the last election it didn’t bother us terribly and I had friends on both sides but since 2016 it is high in our priorities to find a more liberal area that cares about social issues, environmental issues...
We also love old homes. Currently we live in one built in 1789. We would like to find an interesting old home in a nice town with friendly people where we can make new friends and build a fun retirement.
Hallowell came up on our radar. I have never been there but am considering making a trip soon to check it out. Any feedback on Hallowell or any other area is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:41 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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While Maine as a whole slightly favored Clinton in the 2016 election, Hallowell is in Kennebec County, and that county voted for Trump.

If you want a better chance of having liberal neighbors you would be better served by being in one of the coastal counties like Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, Waldo.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Hallowell is very liberal.
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Maine
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While Maine as a whole slightly favored Clinton in the 2016 election, Hallowell is in Kennebec County, and that county voted for Trump.

If you want a better chance of having liberal neighbors you would be better served by being in one of the coastal counties like Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, Waldo.
This is untrue. The data I’m looking at is three/four years old, but it shows that Hallowell has more democratic voters than virtually all cities and towns in the counties you mentioned, with the exception of Portland, Biddeford, and not much else. And the difference between Hallowell and those towns is very small. Hallowell has had a reputation for being one of the most liberal towns in Maine for quite some time, more so than virtually every city and town in the counties mentioned.

Hallowell is a funky, interesting river town with some great bars, restaurants, and shops. It’s close to Augusta, which is helpful for shopping, and it’s easy to get to Portland. If you’re looking for a liberal small town, I think it’s a great choice. It’s not very large, though, so if “city things” are important to you, it may not suffice.
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:40 PM
 
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Many of the state bureaucrats and lobbyists call it home, that should tell you something.
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Hallowell is a fun place but small, and a nice pocket of a respite from the busy Augusta nex door. In addition to what others have mentioned, it’s got a bike/walking trail that’s part of the Eastern Trail system. The beautiful Vaughn Woods provides an easy place for a woods walk/run/snowshoe on wide maintained paths year round.

One of my favorite things is the large public deck with colored Adirondack chairs on the mighty Kennebec River. Have a nice lunch at The Liberal Cup Pub and then go watch the river flow. It also hosts a very fun community days celebration in the summer.

There’s an active senior center away from the downtown called The Cohen Community Center.

Hallowell is near Gardiner (with Farmingdale in between) which has a fun and funky downtown too and lovely waterfront park.

One of the best advantages of the area is the ease with which you can get to the coast, the mountains and lakes, or south to Portland all within about an hour or less.

Edited to add a link to Hallowell’s arts and event calendar: https://hallowell.org/calendar/
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:58 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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The data I’m looking at is three/four years old, but it shows that Hallowell has more democratic voters than virtually all cities and towns in the counties you mentioned, with the exception of Portland, Biddeford, and not much else. And the difference between Hallowell and those towns is very small. Hallowell has had a reputation for being one of the most liberal towns in Maine for quite some time, more so than virtually every city and town in the counties mentioned.

That may be true for the town of Hallowell but Kennebec County overall voted Republican in the last election.
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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That may be true for the town of Hallowell but Kennebec County overall voted Republican in the last election.
Yes but the area right around Augusta is very liberal (home of state government workers and hanger-ons....)
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... I have never been there but am considering making a trip soon to check it out.
Go there, spend a few days. Talk to the locals, sample the diners, see what kinds of 'meetups' are hosted there.

The only way to really know for certain.

My Dw and I have a wide array of interests. We are active in different groups. Some of our friends are Dems and some are Repubs. I think that even if a city is known to statistically be mostly one party, there will still be plenty of others that you can become friends with.
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Maine
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That may be true for the town of Hallowell but Kennebec County overall voted Republican in the last election.
I agree, but the OP is asking about living in Hallowell, so if living near liberals is a priority, it’s a pretty good choice.
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