Northern Maine

  1. I have wanted to move to the Maine area for years. We just moved to North Carolina, and I hate it. Between cost of living, ants, the heat, and the attitudes, I can't handle it. And the unemployment!!!!

    But I have always wanted to move to Maine, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Vermont, or New Hampshire. I am an east coast girl who loves the winter and fall.

    I appreciate reading all of these honest comments about living in the area. But, honestly, I have lived so many more places that were a thousand times worse. I would like to move to northern maine. Does anyone have any suggestions for northern maine areas that are accessible to a health food store (dd has food allergies), hospital, and a community college?

    As long as I make a decent amount, the money doesn't matter, and I hate huge towns. It is more a worry of finding a job for my dh!
    Last edit by dnw826 on Jul 5, '06
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  3. by   IV-PUSH
    Sounds like you want tthe presque isle area. You have access to a community college and a campus for the university of maine system. There are 2 hospitals in the area Aroostook medical center, and CARY medical center.
  4. by   canoehead
    Isn't that on the coast? southern maine?
  5. by   RemoteRN
    Quote from canoehead
    Isn't that on the coast? southern maine?

    The County and CARY??? .. NO they are not in Southern Maine nor are they on the coast.
  6. by   rninme
    There are some great places to live/work in Maine. I am a
    "from away" and I love it here. I can't think of anywhere I would rather be. I can't tell you much about northern-most Maine....but I can tell you about the downeast and mid-coast areas.
  7. by   IV-PUSH presque isle is in aroostook county
  8. by   dnw826
    What is the cost of living like in Presque Isle?
  9. by   dnw826
    Oh yeah, are there any hugely annoying things in Maine in general or Presque Isle that I should know about? I know that if someone would have told me that you can't walk outside here in NC without being attacked by fire ants, I never would have come.
  10. by   IV-PUSH
    Cost of living just about anywhere in the aroostook county area is extremely cheap. And when I say cost of living I mean home prices, land prices, some people will jump on here and rant about taxes...and to that I say can buy a home up here for about 1/2 of what you would pay in southern me thats cheap cost of living.
    Annoying things?? well in the summer the mosquitos and blackflies can be extremely annoying if you like outdoor activities..but they die down later in the summer and the cooler fall months are extremely pleasant.
  11. by   StudentNurseAbby
    I've lived in Presque Isle my whole life. There is no specific health food store but there is a grocery store with a pretty good health food section. There are two bigger hospitals. One in Presque Isle, The Aroostook Medical Center. There is also CARY in Caribou, which is about 20 minutes north of here. Northern Maine Community College is the school I go to, it's here in Presque Isle. There is a 2 year RN program but no LPN program. There is a mall, super Wal-Mart, etc. for shopping.

    Cost of living is fairly cheap from what I've heard. I live with my parents so I haven't really been able to experience the cost of living myself but I'm sure it's much cheaper.

    Summer is warm but usually an average of high 70's, low 80's. Winter's can be very cold and snowy but the last few have been mild in my opinion. Fall is beautiful in the county, the leaves are amazing. It's very safe here, rarely any crime. As far as bug problems I've never noticed that except for the June bugs for like 2 or 3 weeks in early summer.

    If you have any more questions, about Presque Isle or surrounding areas, I'll try to answer them the best I can.

    Here is a link that might be helpful:,_Maine
  12. by   care4ppl
    The cost of living in Maine can be expensive as compared to other places in the country. The housing market is going through the roof and renting isn't exactly cheap anymore. The Augusta area is a nice area. You are about 1 hour from Portland if you want to go shopping but close to downeast coast also if you want to go for the day to the coast. There are several small towns that are nice around Augusta. There are also several hospitals in the area that you could apply to-- Maine General Augusta Campus, Maine General Waterville campus, Inland, Togus, but also loads of homehealth and clinics. I guess it all depends on what you want to do for nursing.
  13. by   LTC Lady
    Hey There. I am looking into going to NMCC for the 2yr RN program, and am an out of stater. I have some family in the area (great aunt etc) Just wondering what the rent/housing costs are like, if anyone knows what worklife at County is like, and did/does anyone go to NMCC? Thanks in advance guys!
  14. by   kacz
    If you are worried about finding a job for your husband, you may want to locate around Portland. Also there is a large hospital in Bangor.

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