Old Town, ME

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Old Town, ME

About Old Town, ME

Living in Old Town, ME can be a great experience. It is a small and friendly place with old brick buildings and narrow cobblestone streets. There are plenty of local attractions to explore, like the Old Town Mill which dates back to the late 1800s. The warm summer months bring countless outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing, and swimming in the Penobscot River. Winter brings its own unique sights as well, such as snow-covered hills and trees that stay frosty until April. The pace of life here is slower than most places – it’s not uncommon to spend hours sitting outside on a porch or walking around town just to take in all the scenery. The people here are kind and welcoming – you can find yourself easily making friends just by saying hello on the street or chatting over coffee at one of the many local cafes. All in all, Old Town is an idyllic place that offers small-town charm with big city amenities nearby – it’s perfect for anyone who wants to relax and soak in natural beauty! Small city / college town - Central Maine along the Penobscot River, about 30 miles north of the Atlantic Ocean.

Location Details

State: Maine
County: Penobscot County
Metro Area: Bangor Metro Area
City: Old Town
Zip Codes: 04468 04489
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 110 ft above sea level
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Bangor is the gateway to the “north country” and a fairly prosperous lumber, paper, and shipping center and the navigable terminus of the Penobscot River in east-central Maine. The areas to the north are wooded wilderness. The rugged shore area is 30 miles to the south, and the “Down East” coast to the northeast is a vast, unpopulated area of classic New England coastline with fishing and other recreational sites. Acadia National Park is on an island 40 miles to the south. Old Town, on a river island 10 miles north, is home to the University of Maine and the Old Town Canoe Company, a business befitting to the area.

The economy has generally made the transition to service industries faster than most of the state, but that isn’t saying much and employment is still an issue. Downtown is clean, attractive, walkable and somewhat historic. In part due to the college presence, the area does have some small but well regarded arts amenities, including what is thought to be the nation’s longest continuously performing symphony orchestra. Bangor is isolated from many city amenities and services—some residents travel to Canadian cities such as Saint John, New Brunswick, Quebec City, or Montreal. For those who can find employment and tolerate the long, hard winter, Bangor is a good choice.

Bangor lies in a river valley near sea level. The surrounding area is hilly and wooded with a mix of deciduous and coniferous forests. To the largely unpopulated north, the hills get steeper and the forests more dense with a maze of glacial lakes. The climate is continental with a marine influence and four very distinct seasons. Summers are warm and pleasant, normally not uncomfortably hot, and feature cool evenings. Winters are cold, often brutally, and windy when cold air masses descend from the northwest. Below zero temperatures and snow cover are common. Spring comes slowly with frequent freezes. Precipitation is moderate and spread throughout the year, although fall tends to be the driest and most pleasant. First freeze is early October, last is early May.

Old Town Cost of Living

Outdoor recreation, attractive setting, and nearby university make Old Town a great place to live.

-70.6% lower than avg
-58.8% lower than avg
$965 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-19.0% lower than avg
Old Town Crime
26.5 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Old Town
   Outdoor recreation
Low job growth
   Attractive setting
   Nearby university
Harsh winters
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