BANGOR, Maine — Thinking of moving?
RelocateAmerica.com has named Bangor to its list of America’s Top 100 Places to Live.
This year’s listing is among several the city has racked up, the most recent of which include being named one of Money magazine’s 25 best places to retire and Children’s Health Magazine’s top 25 places to raise a family, both in 2009.
Bangor City Council Chairman Richard Stone said Tuesday that he was honored that Bangor again has been recognized as a great place to live and work.
“Those of us who live in Bangor already know what a vibrant community we have, but we are thrilled at the national recognition,” he said.
“Bangor has long been noted for its unique combination of opportunity, affordability and urban amenities that create the ideal environment for both families and businesses to prosper,” he said. “This honor recognizes our commitment to a ‘Bangor’ quality of life. Bangor is fortunate to have visionary business and community leaders who ensure that Bangor is poised for future growth.”
RelocateAmerica.com is a website that provides resources for people who are moving.
For the past 13 years, members of the website’s editorial team have accepted nominations for its list of 100 best cities to live.
The company said it analyzed reviews, interviewed residents and looked at economic, environmental, education, crime, employment and housing data for the past year.
RelocateAmerica received 8,000 nominations for its 2010 list, which this year focused on “communities poised for recovery and future growth.” Some of the qualities staffers looked at were local leadership, employment opportunities, community commitment, real estate markets, green initiatives, recreational options and an overall high quality of life.
“Bangor combines traditional New England charm with a very modern sensibility; an enriching balance that gives Bangor a unique quality of life,” the website notes. “It is the economic center for all of central, northern and Down East Maine. The combination of opportunity, affordability and urban amenities continually attracts professionals and businesses to the Bangor area.”
The only other Maine community to make the list was Portland.