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Blanketed with evergreen and hardwood trees, Maineís scenic beauty is among the many reasons this New England state is often rated as one of the best places to live. In addition to dense forests, this northern state boasts stunning rocky coastlines, picturesque lighthouses, quaint fishing villages and close-knit communities. Even in its largest city, Portland, with its business, financial and retail markets, traffic on its roadways is pretty much unheard of and this modern, urban city is home to residents who are friendly and laidback. From the most urban areas of Maine to the most rural, you will discover a rare sense of community that was built upon high family values and strong morals.

With the lowest average home prices in the New England region, Maine offers affordable living amongst breathtaking views. The median price for a home in Maine statewide is $189,000. Competitive home prices combined with a cost of living near the national average, a top rated educational system, low crime rates and endless recreational opportunities offers Maineís residents a high quality of life. Maine has also been recognized as one of the best places to retire in New England. Whether itís family-friendly neighborhoods, Portlandís trendy urban lofts or world-class retirement living, itís no wonder Maine is often considered one of the most livable states in the country.

The state is known for its blueberries, producing almost all the low bush blueberries grown in the United States. Other major products include potatoes, clams and, of course, the much sought after Maine lobster (the state's annual lobster catch is the largest in the country). Wired with one of the most advanced communications infrastructures in the country, Maineís economy attracts employers from such industries as high-tech manufacturing, biotechnology and telecommunications-based businesses.

At 33,215 square miles, Maine is nearly as big as the other five New England states combined. With over 3,500 miles of coastline and more than a half-million acres of state and national parks, Maine offers its residents natural beauty, endless recreational and cultural opportunities. Nature lovers and outdoor-sport enthusiasts flock to Maine to make good use of the dozens of ski locations, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and thousands of miles of rivers and streams filled with salmon, trout and other fish. The state is a popular destination for sport hunting (particularly deer, moose and bear), snowmobiling, skiing, boating and camping among other activities.

Gentle sea breezes keep the climate comfortable, with summer hitting an average high of 82 and winter falling to the 20s. Winters are cold, but not for long periods. Cold snaps of below zero weather are not prolonged. The coldest weather occurs in the Northern Interior, where the highest mountains are. And despite the stereotype that Maine is chilly and covered with snow year-round, on average only 18 days a year see snow deeper than one inch. The landscape is at its most awe-inspiring in autumn, when spectacular foliage paints the views in red, yellow and orange.

To learn more about specific communities in Maine, request a Free Relocation Packet prepared by a HomeRoute Preferredô local community expert. This exclusive guide will be customized to your specific home search and help you prepare for your upcoming move to Maine.

Information provided courtesy of HomeRoute.

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