Life in Bangor

The city of Bangor lies on the western shore of the Penobscot River 20 miles upriver from the Atlantic Ocean and Penobscot Bay, site of world-class sailing. The Kenduskeag Stream flows through the city, emptying into the Penobscot River in the downtown area at the city’s attractive riverfront.

A city of 33,000, Bangor is the gateway to the great northern Maine forest, a four-hour drive from Boston and an equal distance from Quebec City. The flagship campus of the University of Maine is six miles north of Bangor in the neighboring town of Orono. Acadia National Park and the recreation resources of Mount Desert Island, Mount Katahdin and Baxter State Park, the Allagash wilderness region, and the ski slopes at Sugarloaf Mountain and Sunday River are all an easy drive from Bangor. In 2011, Bangor earned a spot on America's Top 10 Winter Cities list. 

First incorporated in 1791, Bangor by the 1850s was the lumber capital of the world. The dominant forest product of the 21st century is paper, and Bangor remains the source of commercial services for the important pulpwood and paper industry of central and northern Maine. Bangor is a commercial hub for northern New England and eastern Canada and provides legal, medical, banking and finance, accounting, entertainment and retail services to the entire region of central and upper Maine, lower Quebec and New Brunswick, and the maritime provinces. Bangor has a full-service international airport large enough to handle the Concorde, and is the closest U.S. Port of Entry to Europe.

Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital provide sophisticated medical services including open-heart surgery and advanced oncology care. Bangor enjoys a rich religious and ethnic heritage, and sustains three Jewish synagogues, a Mormon stake, two Roman Catholic churches, a Greek Orthodox Church, and two dozen Protestant churches. The venerable Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Bangor’s Penobscot Theatre, and the Maine Center for the Arts at the nearby University of Maine at Orono offer fine productions in music, dance and theater arts year round.

The city’s low crime rate, affordable housing, excellent health care services, high quality public schools, university resources, cultural productions and the recreational opportunities offered by the nearby ocean, mountains, woods and waterways of Maine combine to make Bangor a jewel of a small city and a wonderful place to live and work.

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