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We ended up moving to Presque Isle Maine which is about 15 miles from the Canadian border straight up and in the middle.
It is a 2 hour drive south to Bangor which is the place you need to go for a big mall, Best Buy, Chili's , and Outback restaurants. Those were places I missed the most while living there.
Rent for a small house was usually around $600.00-$700.00 a month for a 2-3 bedroom and there is not a lot of places to rent there.
Jobs are very hard to find but are there if you will work at a Wal-mart, grocery store or restaurant.
If you have your own business or retired and have a income coming in that you do not have to work to make, you might like this place.
If you can afford to buy 10 acres of land and build a house, this is a great place to live for safety and low crime.
Gas prices are about $0.20 higher there than Bangor because they have that long drive to get it to the gas stations and then back. Oil home prices are about average if you fill up your tank before the winter hits.
Ideally, you will want to build a home that has a good wood stove in it to help keep your home warm during the winter months.
Electricity is reasonable there and if you are into wind turbines to produce your power, this is a great area to live in.
If you plan right and can fix up your house to live cheaply there, the area is a great place.Boring, some .
If you like the night life, you will go crazy. Not many bars or places to go for entertainment.
There is a small mall, Sears, Lowes Home Improvement, Staples, Very nice Walmart with great grocery shopping, Subway, McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell, and a few good local places to eat.
If you are white, you will fit in well there. There are not alot of different races there. Not saying that is a good/bad thing, but you will figure it out after spending 5 minutes in walmart and noticing that there are no other races present but white.
Beautiful farm country, great views and even a small ski area nearby.
Good luck in your search for a small, safe, place to live.
Lots of sunshine, but nice Winter season also. Living near the river is great. Prices for everything are reasonable and it is very easy to get around, no traffic. Most important, I feel very safe going anywhere at any time of day or night and I feel safe in my home living alone. Medical facilities are wonderful, I had a heart attack that most do not live through but because of I was gotten to the hospital quickly and the Expert Care I was given, I lived. People are very friendly and there is always something to do.
illegal immigration in DC is ridiculous. If you move here you are in great competition with the immigrants for work. You must speak another language. I feel like living in D. C. is like living in a foreign country. The housing prices are so high 500,000.00 in Alexandria will get you a very old house that needs major work. The projects in old Alexandria have better housing, Right on the waterfront. Obama will have the immigration bill ready very soon. So then what is going to happen to americans who's families have been born here, fought for our country and died here for hundreds of years.
Government jobs? yea right...you better have a masters in something or know somebody, and even then good luck.