Rockland recognized among Most Exciting Places in Maine

Sep 03, 2014

Rockland — Rockland has found itself on another list. This time, the Lime City has been recognized as one of the 10 Most Exciting Places In Maine.

According to movoto.com, a real estate web blog that creates conversations about communities, Rockland is near the top of the list, second only to Portland, Maine’s largest city.

The list was created by starting with the 25 communities in Maine with the highest population counts. From there, the research took into consideration a number of factors related to active lifestyle options, like nightlife, arts & entertainment, theaters, festivals and galleries.

Also included in the mix were population density, the percentage of fast food restaurants, (the fewer the better); and the percentage of restaurants that are not fast food, (the higher the better).

According to the narrative on the website, Rockland may not quite have the young population that Portland and some of the others in the top 10, but that certainly doesn’t stop folks from having a good time, or even partying the night away in hip restaurants and bars, as it ranked Number Two for nightlife per capita.

And in addition to the nightlife, Rockland has plenty of excitement to offer during daylight hours as well, as it was ranked Number One for both its active life and arts listings per capita, with tons of gyms, fitness centers, boating options, galleries and a world-class art museum.

The Top 10 Most Exciting Places In Maine, as identified in the research are:

1. Portland

2. Rockland

3. Orono

4. Gorham

5. Old Orchard Beach

6. Bangor

7. Bath

8. Brunswick

9. Biddeford

10. Westbrook

Comments (5)
Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Sep 04, 2014 06:28

Rockland has attracted a lot of buzz and certainly good people are attempting to make it even more alluring. Rockland Harbor is it's most alluring resource followed by a wide variety of attractions. There remains however a decline in the number of residents and an escalating RE tax mil rate that is alarming due to the lack of jobs that pay well and offer benefits.

Interesting that Movoto.com posts this on their blog but Maine is not included as a State where they advertise or sell homes. Thank you for adding the source, shame for removing post. And that the article appears on a council meeting night. Brilliantly done. And featuring the favorite hangout of our Mayor was a nice touch.  Rockland has always been a wonderful place to live no doubt, but all that glitters currently is not Gold. Rockland as a city is facing huge hurdles and costs. The current city management can run but they cannot hide.  Management style has to change before Rockland can deliver all that it boasts. Red ink, high taxes, a decaying sewer system in need of expensive renovations and a sluggish RE market send out a distinctive warning.

 



Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Sep 04, 2014 06:28

Rockland has attracted a lot of buzz and certainly good people are attempting to make it even more alluring. Rockland Harbor is it's most alluring resource followed by a wide variety of attractions. There remains however a decline in the number of residents and an escalating RE tax mil rate that is alarming due to the lack of jobs that pay well and offer benefits.

Interesting that Movoto.com posts this on their blog but Maine is not included as a State where they advertise or sell homes. Thank you for adding the source, shame for removing post. And that the article appears on a council meeting night. Brilliantly done. And featuring the favorite hangout of our Mayor was a nice touch.  Rockland has always been a wonderful place to live no doubt, but all that glitters currently is not Gold. Rockland as a city is facing huge hurdles and costs. The current city management can run but they cannot hide.  Management style has to change before Rockland can deliver all that it boasts. Red ink, high taxes, a decaying sewer system in need of expensive renovations and a sluggish RE market send out a distinctive warning.

 



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Sep 03, 2014 21:02

Having lived here sixty-nine plus of my seventy years am glad to see Rockland receive this award. Things certainly have changed over the years, and predominantly for the better. We all have a voice in how it goes from here on out and it starts with our vote in November and a willingness to be part of the solution. Thankful for all of those who serve the rest of us; whether or not we always agree. ;)



Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Sep 03, 2014 17:18

Sure thing!

 

If you arrive in one of those big boats and "Downtown" extends the red carpet . . .

 

What about having people drive down Old Country Road and enjoy the refreshing aroma coming from the dump. Then a short trip to have a look at our problem-free school system and ensure people visit Downtown on one of those days when it smells funny from the seaweeds being cooked at FMC . .

 

Whoops! Almost forgot; bring some of those people in the middle of winter and visit the neighborhoods and show them how families in Rockland freeze their behinds . . .

 



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 03, 2014 17:00

They must have not gone down Fulton Street at night.



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