Most exciting places in Maine survey names college towns, Portland, Rockland, Bangor to list

bangor-nightlife-1588bThe real estate blog Movoto, in a follow up to their “most boring cities in America” survey earlier this summer, released their state-by-state list of the most exciting cities, across the country. As one might expect, Portland topped the list for the Pine Tree State — but other towns including Rockland, Bangor, seasonal paradise Old Orchard Beach and college towns Gorham and Orono also made the list. The best places in Maine to go out on the town, according to the site’s metric, are:

1. City of Portland
2. City of Rockland
3. Town of Orono
4. Village of Gorham
5. Town of Old Orchard Beach
6. City of Bangor (tie)
6. City of Bath (tie)
8. Town of Brunswick
9. City of Biddeford
10. City of Westbrook

The site used a number of factors to come up with their list, including

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)
  • Population density (the higher the better)

Orono and Gorham are well-established college towns with a bustling school year and a sleepy summer time, while tourist mainstay Old Orchard Beach runs on the opposite schedule. Meanwhile, the other cities and towns on the list boast year-round populations and thriving downtowns — even recovering mill town Westbrook, which has attracted a huge influx of creative young people priced out of Portland. What do you think? Are these the most exciting towns in Maine?

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.