Maine, USA
  • By the sea A quintessential Maine lighthouse at Curtis Island near Camden Credit: Paul H Chacon [CC-BY-SA-3.0] via Wikimedia Commons By the sea
    A quintessential Maine lighthouse at Curtis Island near Camden

Maine's prettiest

A popular resort colony during the summer, Camden's relatively small population (3,570 in 2010) triples in the summer as wealthy Northeasterners from Boston, New York and Philadelphia flock to the coast.

Its picturesque main street and harbor, voted prettiest in Maine in 2009, are quintessentially New England. Located on Penobscot Bay, Camden borders the towns of Rockport, Hope and Lincolnville. You can take a town walking tour that outlines the history of the area, including buildings that began as boathouses, woolen mills and the former theater that hosted the 1956 premier of "Peyton Place," which was filmed in Camden. 

Global draws

The town also is home to two conferences that draw a global audience -- the Camden Conference, which focuses on foreign policy, and Pop!Tech, held each fall for global leaders discussing the social impact of new technologies.


  • Oceanic

Physical Environment

  • Resort community
  • Beaches within 25 miles


  • Local community theatre
  • Local film festival


  • Moderate


  • $$$$ -- Things cost more than you'd expect


  • Downtown yoga studio
  • Snow skiing within 50 miles


  • Lots of downtown living space
  • Working farms within 25 miles
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods
  • Public squares


  • Community swimming pool
  • Emergency medical services within 25 miles
  • Community senior center
  • Community hospital only