9) Bangor, ME
The city of Bangor is most famous for being the home of horror writer Stephen King, but there’s nothing scary about Bangor’s home prices. The median home price in this town of about 32,000 people is $147,400. The city was once known as “the lumber capital of the world.” You can learn all about what it was like to live in Bangor during the lumber boom at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum. You can also see old logging vehicles and other vintage modes of transportation at the Cole Land Transportation Museum. If you have kids, they’ll love the Maine Discovery Museum, which has interactive exhibits on science and the arts. On nice days, go for walks along the Penobscot River at the Bangor Waterfront area. This park also hosts lots of concerts.
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