Outdoors lovers and wintry weather fans will be in proximity to excellent snowshoeing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snow tubing and dog sledding. Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park are both a 90-minute drive away and offer miles of hiking and bicycling trails, as well as bird watching, camping, boating and fishing.
There are also 30 smaller parks near Bangor, the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and Field Pond Audubon Center in the vicinity.
Still, it tends to be Bangor’s vibrant cultural scene that draws retirees to the town. The historic downtown teems with well-preserved 19th-century architecture, reminiscent of its days as a lumber industry hub.
Con: Cold, snowy winters
Best For: Culture lovers
Cost of Living: On par with national average
Median Home Cost: $151,915
Top State Income Tax: 8%
Crime Rate: 12.5% lower than national average
A constantly rotating series of performances enliven the town thanks to the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Penobscot Theater and University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts, a performing arts center and concert hall.
Residents can get their fill of art and history at venues like the Maine Discovery Museum, University of Maine’s Museum of Art, the Bangor Museum and Center for History and the Maine Forest and Logging Museum which traces the town’s past as logging center.
Bangor also plays host to a number of festivals each year, including the 3-day American Folk Festival on the waterfront, Bangor Book Festival and 9-day KahBang Music & Art Festival.
While Maine typically has a high cost of living, in Bangor, the cost of living is on par with the national average and the median home price is $151,915. Retirees will also find quality health care at the Eastern Maine Medical Center.