Do you think that you might be interested in one of the Maine retirement communities? The state of Maine has been doing their best to encourage retirees to consider Maine when they are looking for their ideal retirement destination.
The small town charm, abundant outdoor activities, rich culture and arts scene, low crime rates, no state income tax on Social Security and the fact that food and drugs are exempt from state sales tax are just a few of the reasons that many retirees are considering one of the retirement communities in Maine.
There are a wide variety of things for seniors to do in Maine. There are plenty of outdoor activities for active retirees from skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter to sailing and golf in the summer. Non-credit education courses for senior citizens are available through the Maine Senior College Network at 17 different locations throughout the state for people 50 years of age or older. Senior citizens also enjoy discounts to all state parks.
Arts and culture are extremely prevalent in the southern part of the state. The Portland area supports a vibrant community of visual and performing artists plus a changing array of exhibits, festivals, concerts and has become well known as an antique shoppers dream. Dance performances are scheduled by the Portland Ballet Company, which has a repertoire of more than 30 ballets ranging from classic to contemporary. Maine State Ballet, based in nearby Falmouth, also presents ballet in Portland.
The nationally acclaimed Portland Symphony Orchestra performs at Merrill Auditorium and offers classical and pops concerts from October through April, plus "Independence Pops" concerts in July and "Magic of Christmas" concerts in December. The Portland Opera Repertory Theatre (PORT) performs grand opera in the city's Merrill Auditorium during summer and winter. The Portland Concert Association presents dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, and classical music throughout the year.
One important factor that many retirees are considering when making a decision on choosing one of the Maine retirement communities in crime. According to CQ Press, Maine ranked 4th safest place in the nation to live in 2010. Only New Hampshire, Vermont and North Dakota ranked better.
Here are just a few of the communities that you may want to give a closer look:
The Southern Mid-coast area was named by CNNMoney as one of the best places to retire in 2005.
About 60 miles north of Portland and an hour south of Bangor on Penobscot Bay is Camden. This quaint coastal community is renowned for its beautifully restored Victorian homes and breathtaking ocean views.
Located just a 12 minute ferry ride from Portland is Peaks Island, one of the best kept secrets in Maine. With about 1,000 year-round residents, one small grocery store and one library, this small island is just one of over 200 islands located in Casco Bay.
The biggest downfall to considering a retirement community in Maine is the winter weather. Maine's humid, tinental climate provides for warm humid summers but winters are very cold and snowy with the northern parts of the state being the most severe. The Atlantic ocean makes the weather along the coastal area more moderate. Hurricanes and tropical storms are extremely rare. There are an average of 20 days of thunderstorms a year making Maine the state with the fewest days of thunderstorms east of the Rockies. Tornadoes rarely occur, with maybe 2 per year and are pretty much limited to the southern part of the state.
Whether you are considering one of the Maine retirement communities as a permanent retirement destination or you would like a second retirement home where you can enjoy beautiful spring, summer and fall seasons and then move to a warm-weather destination for winter, one of the Maine retirement communities may be something you might want to consider.
Maine retirement communities have a lot to offer retirees. If you think that Maine may top your list of best places to retire, just remember that before you choose that perfect retirement spot, be sure that you do your homework and visit the area you are considering to make sure that it is the right place for you to retire.
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