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50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family cited the economy, education, low crime, outdoor recreation, arts and entertainment, community life and the environment as reasons why Bangor is a fabulous place to raise your family.

RelocateAmerica.com named the City of Bangor to its list of America's Top 100 Places to Live. Bangor's qualities include local leadership, employment opportunities, community commitment, real estate markets, green initiatives, recreational options and an overall high quality of life.

Livablity.com selected Bangor as one of the 2011 top 10 winter Cities.

Children's Health Magazine named Bangor in the top 25 best places to raise a family in the United States.

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Bangor is a community that offers residents and visitors alike the best of both worlds: a friendly city that's filled with excitement, opportunity and activity, and a gateway to the natural beauty of this great region. Bangor’s quality of life has earned Bangor a place at the top of many national “best places” lists. The “best place to live” accolade is among many the city has received including:

Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America's best places to live, selected Bangor as one of the 2011 top 10 Winter Cities. Bangor was chosen because it ranks high for livability factors such as ample outdoor recreational opportunities, arts and cultural offerings, affordable housing, and unemployment rates lower than the national average.

RelocateAmerica.com named Bangor to its 2010 list of America’s Top 100 Places to Live. Qualities for its 2010 list included local leadership, employment opportunities, community commitment, real estate markets, green initiatives, recreational options and an overall high quality of life.

Money Magazine named Bangor one of the 25 best places to retire in the United States.  The 2009 study looked at nearly 2,000 communities before coming up with its list of the top 25 places to retire. Selection factors included tax rates, recreational opportunities, medical care, arts and culture, housing costs, income and age ranges, job growth, fastest and slowest commutes, weather, air cleanliness and statistics regarding rich singles.

Children’s Health Magazine named Bangor in the top 25 best places to raise a family in the United States. The Children’s Health 2009 statistical analysis of cities around the country researched the factors that are most important to parents: safety, education, economics, housing, and health to come up with their list of 100 best places to raise a family.

Community

Bangor 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.

Cost of Housing

The cost of housing in the City of Bangor is very affordable. The chart below shows the median home price in Bangor as well as the six towns Bangor shares boarders with; Brewer, Veazie, Glenburn, Hermon, Hampden and Orono. The median home prices range from $125,000 in Bangor to $169,000 in Hermon, a difference of $44,000. The Maine State Housing Authority lists the State 2011 median home price as $162,000.
(Source: MSHA Office of Research and Planning)

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The 2012 Bangor Metro fair market rent cost for a one bedroom unit is $608, a two bedroom is $776, and a three bedroom is $986.

Safety

In 2010 the Bangor MSA was once again rated as one of the safest metropolitan areas in the country as it has been every year since Morgan Quitno Press hailed Bangor as the safest Metropolitan Area in the United States in 2004. The annual report by Washington, D.C.-based CQ Press ranks Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in terms of safety. The study, based on Uniform Crime Statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, indicates that the Bangor MSA ranks in the top 25 safest MSA's of the nation’s 320 metropolitan areas.

Health

Beginning January 2007 the City of Bangor has banned smoking in automobiles if children under 18 are present. According to the New York Times, Bangor is "believed to be the first city to outlaw smoking in cars with children. The national employee wellness organization, Wellness Councils of America, named the Bangor area the nation’s first “well region”.  According to the Wellness Councils of America, Bangor has “planted the flag and set the pace” for employee wellness programs and Bangor’s achievement “will be recognized as a national standard”.

Climate

There are many good reasons why Maine is known as the Vacation State, and the climate is one of them.  Maine and the Bangor area provide four distinct seasons, each with its own unique beauty.

Maine has one of the most magnificent, comfortable summer climates in the continental United States.  Summer days are perfect for sun worshippers and beach activity while nights are usually cool and comfortable. Autumn brings spectacular fall foliage with more perfect weather for outdoor activities. In winter, average snowfall in the Bangor area is 90 to 110 inches, perfect for downhill and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling and a variety of other winter activities. Spring is filled with warm, sunny days perfect for hiking, biking and camping. Maine does not have a hurricane or tornado season.