Camden : Maine

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What it's Like to Retire in Camden

This little, colonial classic New England seaport is a popular summer town for New Yorkers and Bostonians and still retains much of its 19th century charm.  It's setting midway along Maine's coast is postcard perfect - a lot like Bar Harbor but much nearer to the rest of the Northeast.  For retirees who can afford to live in 2 places, Camden is the ideal summer/fall location. It has a lovely but small downtown and residential streets with beautiful houses. Boaters find Camden particularly appealing.
Photo of Camden from the summit of Mount Battie and photo of Main Street Camden courtesy of Wikipedia and Dudesleeper.


Where to Retire in Camden and Home Prices

We were unable to find any active adult communities in the area. There are however many lovely neighborhoods with rambling Shingle Style "cottages", Victorians, and more along High Street, Bay View Street and on Beauchamp Point. There may also be some condo projects in the area.
Real estate is expensive: the median sale price of a home was about $300,000 in late 2014 (


What is special about Camden

Camden's Public Library is award winning, with its own amphitheatre, famous author lectures and book readings, book fairs, concerts, and movie screenings, among much else. Mt. Battie also provides plenty of outdoor adventure, like hiking and camping. Camden Hills State Park and Moose Park are 2 fun attractions.

What is not special about Camden

There is no public transportation in Camden, and summer tourism may bother some people.

Who will like retirement in Camden

As the "Jewel of the Maine Coast," Camden is for beach lovers and those with a fondness for classic New England, artsy charm. The average age is quite about the national average at 54.


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Climate and Physical Environment

Camden has warm to hot summers and cold winters.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Camden has plenty of art festivals, Christmas by the Sea, the prestigious Camden Conference bringing together world leaders in the ampitheatre, and the Toboggan Nationals, among many artistic and event draws of the town. The Camden Public Library is first rate with many programs and resources. The Hartstone Inn Restaurant serves seasonal menus and exquisite wines. Cooking classes are also offered by Chef Michael Salmon at the Inn.



Camden's crime rate is about half the national average.

Medical facilities

Penobscot Bay Medical Center  is located in nearby Rockport.Portland is not that far away for bigger hospitals.


Public transportation is not available in Camden.

Valuable Links

Camden on Wikipedia

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Facts about CAMDEN
  • State: ME
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,Boating Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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