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National Association of Home Builders named Bangor as one of twelve metro areas showing sustained economic recovery.

 

BANGOR, MAINE

Surprisingly Metro. Refreshingly Real.

Geography

With 30,933 square miles in size, Maine is New England’s largest state representing half of the total area occupied by the six New England states, and is 39th in size among the 50 states. The state boasts 3,478 miles of tidal shoreline and has 2,282 square miles of lakes, streams, and rivers. The City of Bangor is located in south central Maine at the navigable terminus of the Penobscot River, 30 miles north of the Atlantic Ocean. The City of Bangor occupies 34 square miles of land on the western side of the Penobscot River. In addition to the Penobscot River, which defines part of the city’s eastern boundary, the Kenduskeag Stream flows through the city, emptying into the Penobscot River in the downtown area. Bangor is the seat of Penobscot County.

Bangor lies in a river valley near sea level. The areas to the north are hilly and wooded with a mix of deciduous and coniferous forests. The shore area is 30 miles to the south, and the “Down East” coast to the northeast is a classic New England coastline with fishing and other recreational sites. Acadia National Park is 40 miles to the south. The climate in Bangor is continental with a marine influence and four very distinct seasons. Precipitation is moderate and spread throughout the year, although fall tends to be the driest.

regional

Driving Distance
to Major Northeast Cities

City Miles
Portland, Maine 130
Saint John, New Brunswick 190
Boston, Massachusetts 235
Quebec City, Quebec 240
Montreal, Quebec 305
New York City, New York 430
Halifax, Nova Scotia 450