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A look at who is moving to Maine, and why we call them "from away"

Blue sign with white letters saying "Maine: Welcome Home"
Courtesy of the Office of Governor Mills
As Gov. Janet Mills promised, she replaced the "Open for Business" highway sign, put up by her predecessor, with one that reads "Welcome Home."

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date Feb 27, 2023); no calls will be taken.

We discuss how more and more people have been moving to Maine from elsewhere—other states, even other countries. Some came during the pandemic to work remotely, others simply were drawn to the Maine lifestyle. We talk about who is moving to Maine and why. And we analyze the use of the term “from away”—why Mainers say it and what it implies.

April Strickland, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, Bates College
Carmen McPhail, president, Maine Association of Realtors; associate broker, United Country Lifestyle Properties of Maine; born and raised in Presque Isle

VIP callers:
Amanda Rector, Maine State Economist
Jon Stein, moved to Ellsworth 8 years ago; owner, Fogtown Brewing Co.; Ellsworth City Councilor
Nancy Smith, CEO, GrowSmart Maine
Inza Outtarra, state refugee coordinator, Office of Maine Refugee Services, Catholic Charities Maine

People Are Moving to Maine in Record Numbers; Renters and Buyers Are Struggling – NECN

Moving to Maine: Influx Of People From Other States Settling in Maine During the Pandemic | Maine Public

More in-migration led to population growth in nearly every Maine county in 2021 | Maine Public

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