Best Place to Raise Kids in Maine: Thomaston
Nearby city: Rockland, Me.
Median family income: $54,399
Avg. school math score: 63.43 (State avg.: 58.65)
Avg. school reading score: 82.17 (State avg.: 69.26)
This former seaport on Maine’s Penobscot Bay is on that state’s infamous (at least to summer visitors) Route 1 corridor. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, this road is one long traffic jam full of vacationers ferrying between beach, boat, and lobster pound. For locals, the off-season is quieter but no less beautiful (if a little colder). The town, once one of the wealthiest in the U.S., contains many historical buildings, as well as Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, one of the oldest boatyards in the country.
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