Lewiston, ME

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Lewiston, ME

About Lewiston, ME

Lewiston, Maine lies within Androscoggin county giving people a variety of culture attractions ranging from Auburn Public Library to Bates College combined with stores like Tree Street Youth Clothing Exchange and local food spots like Amici's Cucina & Bar. Small-city complex - Southern Maine, 30 miles north and inland from Portland.

State: Maine
County: Androscoggin County
Metro Area: Lewiston-Auburn Metro Area
City: Lewiston
Zip Codes: 04240
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 340 ft above sea level

Lewiston, at 35,000 the second largest city in the state, lies across the Androscoggin River from its twin city, Auburn. Once a large textile center, Lewiston and Auburn are currently reinventing themselves as a manufacturing and service center with high-tech businesses, but the transition is far from complete. This is an oft-repeated story in Maine, and some towns are doing better than others: Portland south and Waterville 50 miles north are doing much better, while Augusta, the state capital 25 miles north, remains surprisingly depressed.

The area does have two small colleges and a large medical center, adding some employment and interest to the area, but educational attainment is notably low for New England. The two cities have a small-town feel with a strong French presence, which remains from the 19th century when French Canadians migrated into the area for factory work. An ambitious new downtown revitalization effort was kicked off in Lewiston in 2004. As is also true for most of Maine, there is an abundance of outdoor recreation nearby, and a closely-knit laid back community feel contrasting with the bustle farther south and especially at the Massachusetts border.

The area is located in the Androscoggin River Valley in an area of forested hills and lakes. It is far enough inland to feel the effects of the variable northeastern continental climate, but close enough to the Atlantic to experience some moderation. Summers are warm and pleasant with cool evenings. Winters are cold with frequent thaws, while springs are wet and variable. Autumn is the most pleasant season. Temperatures well below zero are recorded frequently each winter, and strong winter winds are common. The White Mountains block some snow and cold from the northwest, but snow is common, often arriving with Atlantic Coast “noreaster” storms. First freeze is early October, last is early May.

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Lewiston Cost of Living

Attractive setting, low crime rates, and outdoor recreation make Lewiston a great place to live.

-37.2% lower than avg
-43.6% lower than avg
$910 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-26.2% lower than avg
Lewiston Crime
35.8 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Lewiston
   Attractive setting
Harsh winters
   Low crime rates
Low job growth projections
   Outdoor recreation
Low educational attainment
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Over 6 years ago

Sadley, there's little hope if this town can rise up to overcome the extreme poverty of this socio-economical class in an underserved community, unless... PARENTS do  More

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I have lived and worked in Lewiston-Auburn for nearly 30 years and I think it's a wonderful place to raise a family. We sent both our kids to the Lewiston public  More

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Despite years of efforts to revitalize Maine's second largest city, it seems Lewiston will always be joked about as the "armpit" of the State. City and State leaders  More

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