Orono : Maine


What It Is Like to Retire in Orono

Orono, a college town, is the home of the University of Maine in Penobscot County, Maine. The population is just over 9,000 but swells by additional thousands when college is in session. This college town is partially surrounded by two rivers, the Penobscot and the Stillwater. Orono is on Rt I95 in central Maine, just north of Bangor.  Picture of Mill St. Business in Orono courtesy of Wikipedia and Bcody80 (public domain); picture of Orono Town Offices courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain).


Where to Retire in Orono and Home Prices

You can live in this college town or in an active adult community (see link at right).
The median home value was $167,313 in early 2020, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Orono

The University of Maine is in Orono. Also the Fay Hyland Botanical Plantation and the Lyle Littlefield Ornamental Trials Garden

What Is Not Special about Orono

Orono is way up there in Maine, and the winters are not easy.

Who Will Like Retirement in Orono

Retirees who want a small college town, with a low cost of living, low crime rate, and lots of snow would enjoy it here.


Local Economy Is Driven by

The University of Maine is the main engine of the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Orono is pretty far up, north or Bar Harbor in the interior. The average July high is 80, the average Jan. high is 28, and the average Jan. low is 8. September gets the most precipitation, 4".  The average winter snowfall is 66 inches.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Living in a college town can be very stimulating. The Fay Hyland Botanical Plantation and the Lyle Littlefield Ornamental Trials Garden are local attractions. There is a public library.


There is  very little crime in Orono.

Medical Facilities

Hospital and medical facilities are in Bangor, about 6 miles away.



I 95 runs very near Orono.

Valuable Links

Town of Orono


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