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Surprisingly Metropolitan Bangor, Refreshingly Different

Metropolitan BangorBangor is an innovative, results-oriented community with a proven track record in undertaking successful ventures.  The influence of Bangor’s employment and service sectors is far-reaching and significant.  Bangor’s retail, infrastructure and facilities serve about 154,000 people in the Bangor Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as central, eastern and northern Maine regions. Bangor serves as northern New England’s economic link to the Canadian Maritimes and Eastern Quebec and beyond.  Indeed, Bangor is the employment, commercial, communication, banking, transportation, distribution, educational, health care and governmental center serving more than one-third of Maine’s population.

Bangor is also the region’s cultural center, home to the Maine Discovery Museum, Penobscot Theater Company, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor Museum and Center for History, and the oldest community symphony in the nation, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.  In recognition of Bangor’s cultural base, the National Council for the Arts selected Bangor as Host City for the 2002-04 series of the National Folk Festival, and to its successor, The American Folk Festival which began in 2005. Investment in arts and culture is a strategy that Bangor has successfully used to reinvigorate its downtown.

The Bangor region’s proximity to mountains, lakes, and the coast attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Located within an hour’s drive of Bangor are such renowned attractions as Acadia National Park, Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park. Those who make the Bangor region their home recognize the special quality of life created by the blend of its metropolitan qualities with the area’s stunning landscape.