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Best Cities in Maine for Retirement Living

The New England state of Maine might be most well-known for its seafood. And, it’s really no wonder since the state has over 3-thousand miles of coastline! Foodies from all over visit to sample fresh Main lobster. Main is also known for its vast stretches of forest and historic lighthouses. In fact, there are 65 lighthouses in the state! Home to the northernmost part of the Appalachian Trail, Main is popular among retirees who love the outdoors. Popular pastimes are hiking, fishing, and boating, and winter sports like skiing.


Compared to the rest of the US, Maine’s cost of living is around 3.5% lower than the national average (according to Best Places). It has a population of over 1.3 million people. And, of that number, almost 22% are aged 65 years and older.

Thinking about relocating to Maine? Here are the best cities in Maine for retirement living!

Maine lighthouse


Camden is a small seaside town located along a beautiful harbor on the coast of Maine. The town has much to offer in terms of scenery and is considered one of the best small towns in the state! Not only does the town offer picturesque, sweeping views of the ocean, but amazing architecture and its very own mountain range. Hiking and exploring are among the top activities here. There are a number of bed and breakfasts and inns that offer convenient access to the beach and tucked away places for romantic strolls.

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Located along the coast of Maine, Castine offers large elm trees and exquisite historic homes native to the area. The setting of the town is peaceful and the harbor side location adds to the tranquility. There are a wide selection of inns and lodges that offer private paths down to the beach to soak up the sea air. Fishing, boating and other outdoor recreational opportunities are available all along the harbor. Seafood restaurants line the walkways and travelers arrive from all over the coast to dine at some of the well-known establishments. Check out Castine Kayak Adventures for some real fun!

kayaking in Maine


Rockland, Maine has been voted as one of the “coolest” small towns in the state. Known for its great choice in coffee shops, amazing selection of art galleries and interesting places to stroll, Rockland offers its residents a slow-paced environment filled with much to entertain the senses. Beautiful scenery can be witnessed through the town and once you leave this quaint area, you will immediately want to return. The residents of Rockland take great pride in their town as neighborhood homes are well-manicured and kept up.



The traditional New England style town of Rangeley is one of Maine’s best because of its rustic ambience and seasoned visitors. You won’t find anything cookie cutter about Rangeley, but rather a dozen or more wooden buildings scattered among the lake followed by miles of beautiful scenery that spans for miles. The town is considered barely that, but because of the scenery and natural landscape offered around the village, it is a place worth visiting. Comfortable and inexpensive lodging is offered at the Rangeley Inn and food can be eaten at the popular Red Onion.


York is as historic as it is scenic. The Maine town offers a history museum that is popular among its residents and tourists. The museum offers one of the oldest jails in the US and brings history to life with re-enactments and animated tours. Considered to be one of the prettiest lighthouses in America is also found in York and worth the day trip to Nubble Light.

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The small town of Wells is home to a beautiful and well-preserved saltwater farm that spans nearly 1,600 acres of fields and beaches. There are nature trails that wind among the reserve and the area is a prime location for scenic walks and cross-country skiing during the winter months.

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Originally published January 30, 2024


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