Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA
- Crime & SafetyB
- Good for FamiliesA
- Cost of LivingC+
- Health & FitnessB-
- Outdoor ActivitiesA-
Orono is a town in Maine with a population of 10,729. Orono is in Penobscot County and is one of the best places to live in Maine. Living in Orono offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Orono there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Orono and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Orono are highly rated.
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I lived here from age 6 to 17, 2003-2013. Awesome community. Very liberal, which I love. It gets a little gossipy here as small towns usually get. There's little town events and parades which is great. It gets a little boring up here but nothing too bad. I always hated how none of the commercial space was occupied and there were always very little shops. Schools were also pretty great for northern Maine. I will also never love a pizza as much as I love Pat's Pizza.
Orono Maine is a interesting college town, but not necessarily in a good way. As a year round resident the town itself is a pretty average Maine town; it's small, spread out, relatively poor. As a college student it is a pretty bad college town. Its almost as if a college was built in the middle of a residential neighborhood. As a result there isn't really anything to do as most of the town is zoned for residential housing. There is no nightlife, all businesses close around 10, and the town is challenging to navigate due to multiple school zones, residential side streets, and traffic lights. For college students it can be a really big challenge to find apartments and housing as well.
I've lived in Orono, ME since I was 3 years old. I know everything about this town and that is part of the reason it is so special to me. The community in Orono is so strong; I love being able to walk downtown and run into friends and acquaintances. Sometimes those quick conversations are just for catching up but other times they can ignite ideas and plans instantly. It is also a college town that is in rural Maine. Having the university in town has given life to a quiet area. It's awesome how the university has provided diversity and opportunities. It is a super crunchy town so everyone is environmentally conscience and are in tune with their health and well-being.