American’s Health Rankings, produced by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention, has ranked Maine # 8 in the country as the healthiest state.
The rankings took into account a number of elements that can impact health, ranging from personal health behaviors, to environment and the community, to health policies in the state, to the quality of clinical care. Maine’s lower than the U.S. unemployment rate (7.6% compared to 8.3%) and the low crime rate (# 1 for the country), helped Maine’s ranking.
We are not the least bit surprised that all 6 of the New England’s states made the Top 10 with their natural beauty, abundant recreational activities, excellent educational opportunities for both high school and college and lower than average crime rate.
We have recently received a flurry of inquiries expressing their desire to retire to Maine and want to know if they can afford to build a custom home in our beautiful state. For many, they’ve been vacationing in Maine since they were a child and have longed to come back, but for others, they’ve only stepped foot in the state once! That one visit, was enough for them to decide it was where they want to be for the rest of their lives.
Is Maine for everyone? No. If you are looking for a fast-paced lifestyle, lots of traffic, high rise buildings, billboard signs, the ability to smoke at beaches, State parks, restaurants, or you don’t like lakes, the ocean, skiing, lobsters, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing or simply relaxing, then Maine is not the state for you.