8 Reasons to Relocate and Live in Maine or New Hampshire

by | Nov 1, 2021 | Relocating | 0 comments

As people living in and loving Maine and New Hampshire, we recommend and love these states. After all, we have chosen to raise our families, own our homes, and pursue our careers here. There are also many good, objective reasons to move, too!

1. Safety

There is a trope in media depictions of Maine of friendly neighbors and quiet towns. Though this might be exaggerated in some ways, it’s a fact that Maine and New Hampshire are distinguished even from neighboring New England states by their incredible safety. In fact, Maine Ranks #1 overall for public safety among the 50 United States, with the lowest violent crime rate and the 4th lowest property crime rate. New Hampshire ranks at #2 overall, with the second-lowest violent crime rate and the second-lowest property crime rate. 

If you’ve been living in a major metropolitan area and you’re thinking about starting a family, this might be a huge factor for you. If you want the idyllic sense of security that seemed so commonplace in the mid-20th century and so rare since Maine and New Hampshire are excellent states to move to.  

2. Affordable, High-Quality Living

Maine isn’t as inexpensive as it once was, but it remains one of the best places to live, with good wage-to-cost ratios in most communities. With an unusually high minimum wage of more than $12 an hour statewide, there is a lot to be said about the affordability of Maine. This is a big factor in many of the recommendations made by major publications and organizations suggesting Maine as a great place to settle down. Portland, Maine, topped Forbes Magazine’s list of most livable cities in 2009, and it has stayed high on most such listings to this day. Recently, US News ranked Portland as the 8th most livable city in the country.

New Hampshire makes many similar lists, too.  Manchester was featured as one of US News magazine’s 50 best places to live in the US in 2020. Overall, New Hampshire is frequently ranked in the top five best states to live in, with a ranking for 2021 of #4 in the country.  

This image features the various colors of foliage in the New Hampshire mountains and a yellow train traveling from the mid left to the bottom right of the frame.

Enjoy the beautiful White Mountains in NH.

3. Foliage and Scenery

Maine and New Hampshire offer tens of thousands of acres of woodland between them, with approximately 90% of Maine being wooded! That makes for spectacular, even legendary, Autumn foliage. The annual pilgrimage of more Southerly New Englanders to Maine and New Hampshire for leaf peeping is a very well-known tradition.

The beauty isn’t limited to the Fall, though that time of year is especially famous. Both of these gorgeous states have four very distinct seasons, with a Spring that sees the brown of bare trees and winter grass replaced with lush greens and bright wildflowers, a Summer that features beautiful beaches and outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking the Appalachian Trail, foliage-filled Fall, and typically a white winter with dozens of inches of snow over the course of the winter. If you’ve been missing the seasons or white Christmases you remember from childhood, a move to Maine may be just what you need.

This image features a lighthouse and rocky coast on the right of the frame and the open sea on the left of the frame. It's a classic depiction of Maine's rugged beauty.4. Coastline

Maine has more coastline than almost any other of the lower 48 states, with about 3500 miles of the coast. Even California, taking up almost two-thirds of the West coast, has less coastline than Maine has! 

Hard to believe? Well, though it may not look too impressive on the map, Maine’s rather large. In fact, its largest county, Aroostook, is larger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. That count also includes all the inlets and islands that dot Maine’s coast. While it may seem like cheating, the fact is that traditional coastal towns exist not only at the Easternmost extremes of our coasts but dot the various inlets being considered.

While New Hampshire has much less coast (about 0.4% as much coastline overall), they use every inch, with many accessible beaches and well-developed coastal towns. There’s also a lot of culture, art, and food along the coasts of both states. Speaking of…

5. The Amazing Food Scene

There are a lot of New England classics to be found: clam chowder, lobster rolls, Italian subs, whoopie pies, blueberry pies, and so on. These delicacies are often much more affordable in Maine and New Hampshire compared to other places. After all, Maine supplies approximately 90% of the nation’s lobster! 

It used to be that Maine and New Hampshire were dominated by diners and comfort food. However, In the last 20 years, the food scenes (especially around cultural hubs like Portsmouth, NH, Biddeford, ME, and Portland, ME) have exploded. It use to be a challenge to find decent Chinese takeout. Now you can find world-class eateries featuring Italian, Indian, Thai, Japanese, and other exotic cuisines. 

Plus, if for some reason you can’t find exactly what you want, there’s always Boston, less than 2 hours South of Maine and practically a stone’s throw from coastal New Hampshire. This brings us to our last reason.

6. Access to Big Cities, Without the Headaches

While Maine and New Hampshire don’t boast major metro areas that would impress someone from Los Angeles or New York, it’s also quite close to both Boston and New York. This means you don’t have to choose between idyllic country life and a major urban career. With telecommuting either from home or from one of the many coworking spaces popping up in Maine and New Hampshire’s cities, it’s easier than ever to have your cake and eat it too. Many of the newest Mainers we meet still work for their firms based out of major cities and occasionally fly out for big meetings.

7. Mountains Mean Skiing, Snowboarding, and Hiking

There are many different Maine ski resorts, but Sugarloaf might be the best-known example. Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine is one of the most popular and exciting tourist spots for outdoor adventurers, as it offers magnificent views and breathtaking scenery. Located in Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf Mountain stands at 4240 feet above sea level and is the second tallest mountain in Maine. The summit provides 360-degree views of the surrounding area, including nearby lakes, thick forests, and stunning mountain peaks. In the off-season, there are still many trails to enjoy on foot or on a mountain bike.

There are a ton of great New Hampshire ski resorts. Loon Mountain in Lincoln, with its stunning landscape, diverse terrain, and amazing facilities, has something to offer every type of skier and snowboarder. The mountain itself is nestled within the White Mountains and offers an unrivaled skiing experience with a total of 61 trails across three mountains with varying difficulty levels. There are 37 green trails, 15 blue trails, and 9 black diamond runs for advanced skiers. In the off-season, Loon mountain is a great place for hiking, and they host highland games every autumn.Beautiful Maine Lake and mountain view

8. Enjoy the incredible Acadia National Park (ME) and Franconia Notch State Park (NH)

There are two incredible parks to explore between the two states. Acadia National Park enjoys world renown as an incredible park in midcoast Maine. Franconia Notch state park in New Hampshire is somewhat less known, but it’s locally very well known, and with more than six-thousand five-star reviews on Google, you better believe it can trade blows with the more famous Maine park.

Acadia National Park is one of the most majestic, iconic, and well-known national parks in the United States. Located on the Maine coast, Acadia National Park offers visitors breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and its beautiful rocky shoreline. Visitors can take part in activities such as hiking, kayaking, boating, camping, birding, and cycling. With its stunning mountains and expansive coastline, Acadia National Park provides an incredible outdoor experience for travelers from around the world. Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw from Bar Harbor.

Franconia Notch Park is located within the White Mountain National Forest and features numerous trails, waterfalls, wildlife, and stunning peaks. This unique park offers something for everyone. One of the most iconic landmarks of Franconia Notch State Park is the Old Man of The Mountains – a series of naturally occurring granite cliff ledges shaped like an old man’s profile. This impressive formation once symbolized New Hampshire’s state motto, ‘Live Free or Die,’ and can be seen from many points in the park.

Ready To Move to Maine or New Hampshire?

If you’re ready to make a permanent move to Maine or New Hampshire, you should consider contacting us to get prequalified for your home loan. At Integrity Mortgage, we understand why you want to come to this Northeastern corner of the state and want to help you get into your new home as soon as possible!


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