Connecticut vs Maine (Pros & Cons of Living in Each State)
If you’re wondering whether it’s better to move to Connecticut or Maine, you came to the right place. I was recently doing some research on the two states to find out the same thing.
This article will cover some of the pros and cons of living in both Maine and Connecticut based on the weather, cost of living, taxes, and available attractions.
Cost of Living: Connecticut vs Maine
The cost of living in Maine is slightly cheaper than in Connecticut. Maine’s cost of living is slightly below the national average, while Connecticut’s is about 10% above the national average.
Housing costs are relatively equal in both states with the median home price hovering around $300,000. However, the cost of healthcare, utilities, and transportation is much higher in CT.
Taxes: CT vs ME
On the surface, it looks like Maine has a higher burden. The state income tax in Maine ranges from 5.8% to 7.15%, while Connecticut’s ranges from 3% to 6.99%.
However, once you factor in local taxes, which include real estate, vehicle property, and sales taxes, the effective tax rate in Connecticut is higher. The effective tax rate in Connecticut is estimated to be about 15%, while Maine is only about 12%.
The higher tax rate in Connecticut is mainly due to the high real estate taxes. So, if you rent instead of owning a home, your tax rate in Connecticut could possibly be lower.
Weather: ME vs CT
Temperatures in Maine are about 5 to 10 degrees colder than in Connecticut on average. The temperature differential increases the further north you live in Maine.
Summers in Connecticut offer temperatures in the 80s, while Maine sits in the high 70s. Winter temperatures in CT hover in the mid to high teens, while Maine sits in the single digits. Spring and fall temperatures in both states are mild, hovering in the 50s and 60s.
The major difference in climate between the two states pertains to snowfall. Connecticut only gets 37 inches of snow a year on average, however, Maine gets up to 110 inches (50-70 inches if you live on the coastline and 70-110 inches if you live inland).
Maine also has a 2-month long mud season once the snow starts to melt, while Connecticut does not have this issue.
Entertainment: Maine vs Connecticut
Maine is clearly the better state if you like to enjoy the outdoors. You’re able to ski, snowboard, hike, snowmobile, kayak, fish, hunt, and play golf. However, that is pretty much all Maine offers for recreational activities.
Connecticut has all the same attractions as Maine (although I have to admit the mountains aren’t as good), plus additional activities. Connecticut has a better nightlife scene, better casinos, warmer beaches, and a more diverse economy. CT is also closer to major cities like New York City.
Both states have great seafood, especially lobster rolls. There is some difference in how they are served since the Maine lobster roll is served cold with mayonnaise, while the Connecticut lobster roll is served hot with warm butter.
Also, neither Maine nor Connecticut have any major professional sports teams.
When comparing CT vs ME, there are plenty of additional differences between the two states. Here are some of the more notable ones:
- Maine has less traffic than Connecticut, but the roads are in worse shape.
- Maine is better for hunting and fishing.
- Connecticut is widely regarded as having better school systems.
- Connecticut feels more suburban, while Maine is more rural.
- Connecticut has nearly 3 times the population of Maine but only a seventh of the land mass.
- Connecticut has a higher medium income.
- The internet is much slower in Maine, especially outside the cities.
Which State is Better? – Final Thoughts
Connecticut vs Maine, which state is the better place to live? Deciding which state to move to ultimately comes down to personal preference, but here are some of my final thoughts
Maine is great if you want to get out into nature and enjoy scenic views. It also has a distinct small-town charm. However, the weather is cold and dark for most of the year and too tough for most people to handle. You’ll also be stuck inside a lot of the time due to the snow. And the slow internet makes the situation worse.
While Connecticut does get cold in the winter, the temperatures are much more manageable (there are also more sunny days). Plus, there’s more to do in Connecticut since it’s located in the tri-state area. It’s also likely a better place to raise a family since the schools are better and there are more social opportunities.