Top 5 Cities and Towns to Live in Maine

Jon Fesmire | April 13, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Maine is popular for being the home of author Stephen King, and many of us have an idea of what it’s like to live in based on his books. Of course Pennywise and Leland Gaunt are fictional, don’t worry! And Maine is a beautiful state, also known for its fresh Lobster, beaches, and seafaring history.

The state has all four classic seasons. Winters are frigid and stormy, while in the summer, the weather is blessedly cool. 

Here are five of our favorite places to live in the state of Maine.



This charming, small city has a population of just 8,350. It’s one of the most affordable places to live in the state. While the median household income is lower than some other spots at $42,275, don’t worry, the cost of living is also low. Want to buy a house? The median cost of a home is just $164,400.

Bath rests comfortably between the Kennebec River to the east and the Androscoggin River to the west. Both are suitable areas for boating and fishing. If you want to learn more about Maine’s boating history, check out the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

The residential streets here feature two and three-story homes and are full of greenery. Enjoy a walk in the Sewall Woods Preserve, beginning at the Sewall Woods Trailhead.



This small coastal city, between Belfast Bay and the Passagassawakeag River, has a population of 6.700, giving it a small-town feel. You’ll find lots of green areas with trees and grass, one and two-story homes, and several nature preserves. These include North Forest Preserve, Head of Tide Nature Preserve, Stover Preserve, and McLellan-Poor Preserve. The median family income in Belfast is $64,000, and the median home price is $209,000.


With so few residents, Belfast has plenty of space between homes even in the densest area of town. There’s so much to enjoy here, like strolling along the Belfast Harborwalk or the Passy Rail Trail or shopping for vegetables, meat, cheeses, and baked goods at the Belfast Maine Farmers Market.



This coastal town in Southern Maine has 3,650 residents and rests alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the median household income is $81,500, and the median price for a home is right around $1 million. Kennebunkport has lots of country roads and forested areas, and many one and two-story homes.

Kennebunkport features outstanding ocean views, such as those from St. Ann’s Episcopal Church. Relax on the sand or take a swim at Gooserocks Beach, where you can also rent a cottage in the summer if you’re from out of town.

The Seashore Trolley Museum is a fun place to visit. Check out the historic streetcars and take a trolly ride. Overall, this is a lovely place to settle down.



The city of Portland, Maine, has 66,500 residents and is a huge tourist town during the summer, though quieter in the winter. It’s in the fall, though, that the city looks spectacular. The leaves on all the trees turn shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown so that just going for a walk will provide a feast of beauty for the eyes.

In Portland, the median household income is $61,800, while the median home price is $309,300, making life here reasonably affordable. You’ll find one to three-story homes, many dating back to the Victorian era.

Some great places to check out include the Portland Observatory for astronomy buffs and the Portland Museum of Art for art lovers. Portland, Maine is also the home of  Portland International Jetport, so if you plan to travel by plane, you needn’t go far. The city is famous for Maine lobster, craft beers, and the Portland Lighthouse.

Portland extends into Casco Bay. The Old Port Waterfront has wharves for fishing, restaurants, and shops, many of which were formerly warehouses.


York Beach

York Beach is a lovely coastal village of 2,570 residents, where the median household income is  $85,805 and the median home price is an incredibly low $182,000.

Tourists love to visit York Beach and its two popular beaches every summer. The northernmost beach, Short Sands, includes a boardwalk promenade with restaurants, souvenir shops, and a retro arcade. Nearby, you’ll find York’s Wild Kingdom, a combination zoo and theme park. There, you can enjoy a haunted house, gift shops, concessions, minigolf, and more.

Long Sands, the southernmost beach, is a great place to relax and learn about sea life. Check out the tide pools and ocean views.

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