Gonna have to plug for Bangor as well, It's a nice place to raise kids, I'm glad I got to grow up here. It doesn't offer as much diversity as I'd like, but if you want a more active area I support the choice of Portland.
Bangor is a great area, but unless you have a job lined up, there is not a lot to be found here for work
Enjoy Maine ... Tread Lightly, Respect the Landowner ... and get permission!
I was hoping to get a job in Maine, or even NH, but that's just not happening. I almost started a contract job in Portsmouth, NH, but I got offered a perm job in Waltham, MA... So I'm destined to stay a M******* for some time to come. At least until I can get a job in a state north of here... Maybe I'll be out of MA in the next 10 years...
I live in Portland Maine and love it!! Such a great scene.. not over crowed..lots of things to do, restaurants.. a good mix of everything. I am also a local real estate agent and this page on my site has a lot of useful information on Portland Maine real estate.