Independent Living in Maine

Maine is nicknamed “The Pine Tree State” after the white pine forests which cover its landscape. Maine has over 17 million acres of forest and more than 3,470 miles of coastline on the mainland – 5,000 miles total if you include all of its islands. With more coastline than California, it's no surprise that Maine is famous for seafood. Over 90% of the country's lobster is harvested in Maine, and much of the state's culture is influenced by the fishing industry. Locals love to celebrate Maine’s seafaring and fishing heritage, especially at events like the annual Maine Lobster Festival. Maine’s awe-inspiring natural beauty and the rustic charm of cities like Portland and Augusta make Maine an excellent retirement destination.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 15 retirement communities in Maine that offer independent living. The median monthly cost of independent living in Maine is about $2,900.

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Maine Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Maine.

In Maine, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Maine is considered to be less affordable than the national average. Most of the state is very rural which leads to high utility and transportation costs, and many people from the Northeast’s larger cities own vacation homes in Maine, driving up property values. Some of Maine’s largest industries include farming, logging, fishing, and shipbuilding. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 117
  • Groceries: 107
  • Housing: 123
  • Utilities: 116
  • Transportation: 121


Over 20% of Maine’s population are over the age of 65. In the 2016 presidential election, Maine leaned liberal overall. However, much of the state is very rural and these counties mostly voted Republican in 2016. Much of Maine is sparsely populated and many of the people who live in the state work in agriculture, farming, or fishing.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 48% voted Democratic
  • 45% voted Republican
  • 7% voted third party


  • Median age: 45
  • Over the age of 55: 36%
  • 2018 population: 1,338,404
  • 2020 population: 1,345,111
  • Estimated 2025 population: 1,362,026


  • 22% regularly attend a religious service
  • 52% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 1,574 congregations
  • There are 185 Masonic lodges in the state.

Climate and Weather

Maine’s climate is classified as warm-summer humid continental. This means that Maine experiences four distinct seasons with a wide range of temperatures. The summers in Maine are very warm and pleasant, while the winters are known for being harsh and snowy. Maine is a very mountainous state, with the Appalachian Mountain Range climbing up its western side. The numerous mountains in Maine have earned it the nickname “Switzerland of America.”

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 72%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (November)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 35 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 44 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 43°F
  • Average summer temperature: 65°F
  • Typical summer high: 82°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 47°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 20°F
  • Typical winter high: 38°F (December)
  • Typical winter low: -7°F (January)

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