There's a mystique about Maine that those of us "from away" are intrigued by. It's beautiful, and it's located way up there by Canada, with open spaces and a small population. Many newcomers find Maine, and especially Augusta, the capital city, a great place to live, especially if you're looking for a family-friendly city with lots of other bonuses.
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Being family-friendly is just one of the great things about Augusta. Here are some others.
- Public Institutions
Augusta has many public institutions that help to enrich local culture while also furthering education beyond the high school level. There's the University of Maine, which not only educates but promotes valuable research by faculty and students. Other resources are the Lithgow Library, the Children's Discovery Museum, and the Maine State Museum.
Augusta is located in central Maine, conveniently near Portland to the south and Bangor to the north. It's an easy drive to the woods to the west or to the coast to the east. Feel like venturing to Canada? Augusta is not far away.
The cost of living in Augusta is very affordable, with a median home price of $142,500 and relatively low property taxes. Recent studies show Augusta's cost of living is 18.5 percent lower than the rest of the country. Recently, the University of Maine architecture students joined in a project to design more affordable housing for Maine.
Augusta has an unemployment rate of 3 percent. There are jobs available locally, including state jobs, since Augusta is the capital city. Healthcare jobs are also prevalent, as are jobs in the service industry. The median income is $38,263.
- Short Commute
Looking to get out of that long commute you've been making in the big city? Try Augusta, where the average one-way commute takes only 17.5 minutes -- considerably shorter than the national average of 26.4 minutes.
- Outdoor Activities
Located in Maine's Kennebec Valley, Augusta has Bond Brooke Recreation Area, a 270-acre urban wilderness. There are trails for mountain biking, walking and snowshoeing, and some Nordic ski trails for cross country skiing and snowboarding. Augusta is located near the White Mountains National Forest to the west.
There's also the Augusta Arboretum for more relaxed exploration of the local outdoor environment.
Locals enjoy the strong sense of community that prevails in Augusta. People tend to be civic-minded and to care about their town. Locals are active in several organizations, including the Augusta Food Bank and literacy programs. There is also a farmer's market and the Buker Community Center with language, arts, youth, sports, and other types of recreational programs.
Augusta has several excellent hospitals, including Maine General. There's also the Maine General Health system, which provides extensive medical services, as well as the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care.
So are you convinced that Augusta is the right place for you? Our team is ready to answer all your questions. Contact us today.