Common themes heard by a Maine real estate broker when traveling to and fro in the Jeep showing property or in emails, thru phone conversations."The nice town I used to live in is not anymore and everyone on my street has moved". What happened? People, lots of people.
Traffic grew on roads not designed for that bumper to bumper mob. Safety went down the tubes with the influx of people from all four directions. Insurance costs went up with the crime and the bright sky filled with nightly stars is not so bright anymore with light pollution and industrial smog. Schools, police, local government and housing sprawl happened. But there is an escape route. That's where Maine comes in.
You are not cowardly bailing out.The nice little town you used to live in is still in your head, but not reality anymore. The people are not going to suddenly fold up tents and fly out of there to make it back like it was earlier. Not unless a major industry in your area goes to its knees like say Detroit's car makers or an area that sees jobs head overseas from throwing in the industrial towel. Maine's Bangor is a city voted in the top 25 of places to retire according to Money Magazine, coming in at number 23. Why? Safe, friendly, super health care and ideal for seniors where Maine is one of the oldest states in the nation. Those seniors need services, and they are all here in the 4th lowest crime state. The people of Maine are hard working but the pace is not so fast that families, local volunteer traditions are forgotten. Maine also has four distinct seasons..with fall leave peeking brilliant oranges, reds, yellows and a million shades of green just starting to explode like a second bloom of color in "Vacationland" also know as "The Pine Tree State."
Seniors were raised with better values and a sense of pride, not expecting the world from someone else. They live within their means on the retirement check that follows them where ever they live. They have time to volunteer and enrich an area's quality of life too. It is not a bad thing to be labeled "Maine, a great place to retire" along with the title of super place to see wildlife, enjoy crime free living, or bluer skies than they've ever seen before. Here's the list of Top 25 places to retire in the United States.