Why You Should Live and Work in Maine

Highlights

  • The Children’s Rights Council ranks Maine the #1 State to raise a family (1999)
  • Maine boasts the fourth lowest crime rate in the U.S. (State Ranking, 1999) According to the Morgan Quitno Press, an independent research and publishing company: Bangor, Maine is the 3rdsafest metropolitan area in the U.S. (2006) and Portland, Maine is #23. According to AOL Money & Finance: Maine is ranked #3 safest states in 2007
  • Lowest average home prices in New England. (Caldwell Banker, 1999) According to the Sweetser website, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp., 2004 states that Maine has the lowest average home purchase price in New England and one of the lowest in the country.www.sweetser.org/about/livinginmaine2.html
  • Maine rated #1 in the nation for the highest performing K-12 education system (National Education Goals Panel, 1999) 2004 study by Education Week Magazine found Maine’s education system ranked among the top 10 in the country for class size, school safety, and parental involvement.www.sweetser.org/about/livinginmaine2.html
  • Maine is 1st in the nation for percentage of students graduating from high school. (CNN, 2001)Maine boasts a school completion rate that is higher than the national average at 87.2% (Maine Dept. of Education, 2003)www.sweetser.org/about/livinginmaine2.html    Maine has 7 University of Maine campuses, 7 community colleges, and several private colleges, including Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin – three of the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country.www.sweetser.org/about/livinginmaine2.html
  • Maine was the first state in the nation to equip all seventh and eighth grade students and teachers with portable, wireless personal computers, beginning in 2003 and expanding to eighth grade in 2004. http://www.state.me.us/education/goodstories.htm,2001100% of Maine schools have internet access.
  • Four season vacationland
  • Maine #1 in New England in job growth (The Wall Street Journal, 1999)
  • Maine ranked #1 in increasing its level of investment in higher education.
  • Maine is recognized as one of the most healthful, beautiful, and interesting states in the nation.www.maine.gov
  • Brunswick, Maine is ranked as one of the top five communities in the U.S. to retire.
  • Maine was the first state in the country to have every school and library linked by advanced telecommunications technology.  All schools and libraries connected to the Mine School Library Network receive unlimited Internet access at no cost.www.maine.gov/education/goodstories.htm
  • The Pine Tree State is experiencing the greatest growth in racial diversity in its history.
  • In 1990 and 1997 Asian population grew to 25.9%, African American 14%, Hispanics 24.9%
  • Over 50 different languages are spoken in Southern Maine Public School Systems.
  • Portland, Maine has one of the oldest Black Churches in the U.S., the Green Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 
  • The last stop in the Underground Railroad trail for slaves fleeing the South is located in northeastern Maine.