Bridgton is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, part of the Portland metropolitan area. Its small town appeal and affordable living make it an enticing option for retirees. Besides that, it is near many opportunities for outdoor recreation such as Shawnee Peak and other nature areas.
Climate & Geography
Almost the entire state of Maine has a warm-summer humid continental climate, characterized by four distinct seasons with warm, humid summers and freezing winters. Bridgton experiences a lot of snowfall, averaging almost 75 inches, and residents can also expect more-than-average rainfall and about 200 days of sun each year.
Bridgton is located south of the Longfellow Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachians. The town and its surrounding area is a mix of rolling hills interspersed with ridges and mountain peaks, including Pleasant Mountain and Bald Pate Mountain, both within the town. There are four large bodies of water in Bridgton: Highland Lake extends from the center of town to the northeast border; Long Lake makes up the town's eastern border, Woods Pond and Moose Pond are found in the western end of the town near Pleasant Mountain.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Bridgton is known for its tight-knit community and neighborly feel. Its downtown area features many antique shops, restaurants, offices, and a movie theater. There are also many hiking trails nearby that allow residents to easily step out of downtown into the quiet woodlands of Pondicherry Park. Those looking for even more outdoor adventure can visit Shawnee Peak, which is most popular for its skiing community but there's a lot more to do such as fishing, hiking, and even relaxing in the resort.
Aside from outdoor recreation, Bridgton also has many historic landmarks such as Rufus Porter Museum, Narramissic Historic Farm, and the Civil War Monument.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living is less than the national average, which is mainly due to affordable housing costs.
Like most states, Maine exempts Social Security benefits from state income taxes. Military pensions and Railroad Retirement benefits are also exempt from taxation. Additionally, residents who are 65+ may qualify to receive a Property Tax Credit if their income doesn’t exceed a certain threshold. There is a statewide sales tax at a rate of 5.5 percent.
Bridgeton Hospital is the town’s main medical center. There is also Central Maine Medical Center, in Lewiston, which is rated high performing by U.S News.