Category Archives: Statistics

Snow, lobsters and oceanography clubs: Character in CBS drama “Scorpion” considers moving to Maine


In the CBS science-crime drama “Scorpion,” based loosely on the life of alleged computer whiz-turned-international crime solver Walter O’Brien, one of the characters is trying to decide whether to stay with O’Brien’s team of genius heroes in Los Angeles or move across country to Portland, Maine, where there’s a school for gifted children like her […]

The 10 most affordable places to live in Maine

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The finance website has mapped out the country’s most affordable places to live, comparing home buying and home ownership costs — like average property tax bills, homeowners’ insurance and mortgage payments — against median income levels and deriving a composite “affordability index.” The index doesn’t, as far as I can tell, include other costs […]

Washington Post assigns each state a new state song, ‘and I feel fine’ about Maine’s

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (Reuters photo)

Back in November, men’s lifestyle website issued what it called the best song for every state, an effort that unimaginatively lunged for the most recent popular song that uttered the word “Maine” and moved on to the next state in its pile. (We were awarded the ditty “Portland, Maine,” released a couple months earlier […]

Save the eggo waffles, pass the Mongolian hot pot: Bowdoin and Bates make top ten list of best college food in country

Thorne Dining Hall at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Photo courtesy of

College dining halls in the past tended to focus on quantity, not quality. Endless grilled cheese sandwiches. Mountains of tater tots. Mystery meat with mystery gravy. “Blue drink,” whatever that means. As general awareness about what we eat and where it comes from has risen, however, so too have college dining halls changed up what […]