In Aroostook County, In Northern Maine, The Average Winter Temperature Is 19 Degrees.
We get white fluffy snow, usually by Christmas and freezing damp rain conditions are not typical. We dress for the weather, play in the snow on skis, skates, snowsleds. Our snowsled system is ranked in the top four in the nation. Cross country and down hill skiing, ice hockey are popular. Next question we get..."How Many People Are Up There...Lot Of Traffic?" No...the people are friendly and fewer in number which makes us the fourth lowest crime state in the nation. This part of Maine is half the state's crime average as well! With 11 people per square mile people are caring, helpful, hard working and considerate. Families are important and kids are king with area sporting events packed and followed by communities rooting for the home team.
Other comment we hear alot of..."Heck, New Cars Costs More Than Most Of This Property". Attractive low cost high quality property in a four season paradise of unspoiled beauty and nature. Maine real estate brokers have an unfair advantage over brokers out of state struggling with a flat market there. Our prices are so attractive and the small town community living so appealing, that the more messed up a real estate market is in a city, the more folks there bail out and decide this is the region to settle. You can slow down and enjoy life..not having to work two jobs to make ends meet. Buyers we have dealt with tell us how blue the sky is, how clean the air is, now unspoiled this countryside is. They like the small mortgage or no mortgage living!
"Any jobs up there ?" is another question. I tell callers if you want to be a brain surgeon or diamond cutter, then we have a problem. But the 911 crisis caused a beefed up border and lots of new customs, immigration and border patrrol jobs that are good paying when you consider your mortgage is $300 a month and that you can buy quality homes for $40 - $90 thousand dollars all day long. There are jobs at Smith and Wesson, Ward Log And Katahdin Log Homes, in the woods industry, the farming sector and goverment jobs due to our county seat status. Self employed and telecommuters are common and our internet connection is strong and well established. Reading other Maine blogs helps drive the point home that this is the place to be to live, work and play.
Maine..the way life should be.