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About Us - The Orono Area

Orono

Located in Penobscot County, Maine. It was first settled in 1774 and named in honor of Chief Joseph Orono of the Penobscot Nation. It is home to The University of Maine. Orono, Maine, in Penobscot county, is 115 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center) and 211 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Bangor metro area, the town is not an isolated town. Orono is home to some 9,112 residents.

The People and Families of Orono?

As of the census of 2000, the town had a total population of 9,112 people, 2,691 households, and 1,291 families residing in the town. For a variety of information on the town visit City Data.  In Orono, about 25% of adults are married. Orono somehow seems full of possibilities, with its large single population. The people of the town are more likely male than female.

Wealth and Education

?In 2000 Orono had a median family income of $52,714. More so than most places, the people in Orono generally have good jobs with good salaries. Impressively, having a college education is normal in the town.

Political Inclinations ?

John Kerry was the top money-getter ($15,400) among 2004 Presidential candidates in Orono. The Democratic party stood out in its ability to raise compaign money in the town.

Orono Housing

According to the 2000 census, 48% of the housing in Orono was owner-occupied. Can’t find a roommate? That’s OK in the town, where renting little apartments isn’t uncommon. If you want a nice house, or any home in a nice town, you usually need to pay higher property taxes. It’s no different here.


Bangor?

The City of Bangor occupies 34 square miles on the western side of the Penobscot River, 20 miles northwest of Penobscot Bay. The City is composed of urban, commercial, and industrial areas as well as numerous residential neighborhoods. Some rural areas remain within the city limits, and the city boasts tracts of forest and farm lands that abut both urban and suburban developments. Bangor, is 107 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center) and 204 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts, and is the major commercial and cultural center for eastern and northern Maine. For statistical purposes, it is the principal city of the Bangor Maine New England County Metropolitan Area which encompasses Bangor, all of Penobscot County and part of Waldo County, Maine. As of 2008, Bangor is the third-largest city in Maine, as it has been for more than a century. The population of the city was 31,473 at the 2000 census. The population of the Bangor Metropolitan Statistical Area was over 140,000.

The People and Families of Bangor

In Bangor, about 40% of adults are married. Bangor offers a lot of one-person housing. Looking at the city, you’ll find a large share of the people are not married. In the most recent census it emerged that people are more likely female than male in Bangor, in comparison to similar cities. ?In 2000, Bangor had a median family income of $42,047. Bangor enjoys an educated population.

Political Inclinations?

Residents of Bangor gave more campaign money ($58,570) to John Kerry than to the other people running for President in 2004. Residents gave more to the Democratic party than any of the others.

Bangor Housing?

Owners occupy 47% of the housing units in Bangor. On average, the construction date of housing in the city is earlier than you’ll find in most places. If the number of studio apartments and one-bedroom apartments is any indication, then Bangor is a popular and practical place to live on one’s own. Residents here pay higher tax bills for their homes, which generally means better schools and other local services.The cost of living in Bangor is moderate when compared to the New England Region as a whole. Housing prices, the largest single family expenditure, are affordable, with the median single family home selling for approximately $110,000. Two bedroom apartments rent at approximately $550 to $600 per month, including heat, water and sewer.

Commuting?

If you live and work in Bangor, transportation related costs can be minimal, with most areas of the City within a ten to fifteen minute drive of our residential neighborhoods and accessible via our low-cost public transportation system. In Bangor, 87% of commuters drive to work. Bangor is more walker- and bicycle-friendly than most places its size. People elsewhere might commute hours every day. But generally not in Bangor, where the commutes are shorter than a lot of places. The local public transit system (the BAT) runs between Bangor and the University every half hour (and travel is free for UMaine students with ID).

Cultural life of Bangor

Downtown Bangor boasts a rich mixture of shops, resturants, bookstores, pubs and coffee shops. It is the location of a recently expanded public library, several small parks, and is the home of the University of Maine Museum of Art. It is also the location for a number of events connected with the arts and culture, including an open studio tour and art walk, an arts and crafts festival, the KahBang Music and Film Festival and the American Folk Festival.

Recreation

For people in Bangor, “quality of life” means having many ways to enjoy life, and so close at hand. Whether it’s right in the city or just a short drive away, the Bangor area provides ways to get out, get active, and have fun.

The Bangor region is surrounded by some of the most spectacular destinations in America for camping, hiking, recreational boating and more. Acadia National Park on the coast and Baxter State Park in the North Woods are both only 90 minutes away. Enjoy a sunset on Cadillac Mountain overlooking Frenchmen’s Bay or hike to the top of Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak and the fabled end of the Appalachian Trail. Fish the Penobscot River or the many lakes and streams in the area. When winter rolls around, you couldn’t be in a better place. Perfect destinations for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and even ice fishing are right in or near the city. Downhill skiers can find some of the best peaks in the Northeast just a short drive away.

Of course, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the outdoors when you’re in Bangor. The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department provides 30 parks and specialized facilities throughout the community. Our 650-acre City Forest has over five miles of walking, biking and cross country trails. Stroll along the Kenduskeag Stream or the Penobscot River, or join in the fun during the annual Kenduskeag Stream canoe race, an annual rite of spring. Play a round at our 27 hole municipal golf course – recognized as one of the finest public courses in the State – or enjoy a picnic lunch at historic Cascade Park with its waterfall and fountain.

Bangor and Orono Climate

Put aside your visions of an ever-frozen north. Even with its Central Maine location, the Bangor/Orono Region enjoys four seasons that embody the best of New England climate.

Bangor marks the arrival of spring by getting out on the water. On the third Saturday of April, over 500 canoeists and kayakers race the chill waters of the Kenduskeag Stream to hail the end of winter. As the weeks go by, day time temperatures rise through the 50’s and 60’s, and get up into the 70’s by late May/early June. The City’s parks and garden burst into color and the sidewalks bustle with activity.

Summer in Maine is as good as it gets, with comfortable temps that rarely get above 90. It’s no wonder this area is a annual destination for so many who love to spend their summer outdoors. There’s plenty of clear, sunny weather, and the nights cool off just enough to provide a pleasant break from the warmth.

the Bangor/Orono Region is a place where real New England winters are more than just a memory. The cold weather begins settling in around the end of November and the beginning of December, with nighttime lows often below freezing and daytime highs in the 30’s and 40’s. January and February bring the heart of winter, with lows normally in the single digits or teens and highs in the 20’s. While accumulating snow remains a possibility into March and early April, warmer days generally mean relatively fast melts. And, unlike many other parts of the country, we know how to handle snow. The Bangor/Orono Region’s annual precipitation total is 41.2”. The growing season lasts from May 27th to September 18th. Bangor is in hardiness zone 5.

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