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The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Happy Home Scores are based on participants' answers to four key questions:

  • Question 1:

    How do you feel about where you live?

    Best Place to Live
    Worst Place to Live
    National Average

    State Average:

    7.7 out of 10

    say "It's the best place to live"

  • Question 2:

    How proud are you of your home?

    Proud
    Not Proud
    National Average

    State Average:

    68%

    "My home makes me proud"

  • Question 3:

    Do you agree with the statement "my home is my favorite place."

    Agree
    Disagree
    National Average

    State Average:

    55%

    "My home is my favorite place to be"

  • Question 4:

    How interested are you in remaining in your community for the next 5 years?

    Interested
    Disinterested
    National Average

    State Average:

    65%

    "I plan to stay in my community for the next 5 years"

What Makes Maine's Homeowners Happy?

Our research shows that homeowner happiness boils down to a combination of three important factors:

Affordable, well-functioning homes offering enjoyable accommodations

52 years

average home age

85%

have renovated their homes

63%

are happy with their home's size and layout

65%

say they have adequate storage

$149,500

Average Home Price (U.S. Census)

11%

"The cost of living is reasonable"

A sense of diversity, safety and a strong neighborhood network

Diversity

38%

"I feel that my community is racially diverse"

45%

"I feel that my community is religiously diverse"

Safety

71%

"I live in a community that makes me feel safe"

70%

"My community offers good fire, police and medical services"

Neighborhood

54%

"I have neighbors I
enjoy"

67%

"I trust my neighbors"

1,329,328

Population (U.S. Census)

Practical commutes and access to important attractions and services

Commuting and travel times

55%

live and work in close proximity

61%

have a reasonable commute

81%

have easy access to highways

Access to Attractions and Services

79%

live within one hour of a major metro area

72%

have access to shopping that meets their needs

63%

live close to body of water

50 Minutes

Average travel time to work

Want to know more? See Our Methodology.

Note about this state's report

The homeowner sample size for this state was too small to yield an accurate report; therefore, the numbers above reflect the regional data collected for the Homeowner Happiness Index.

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