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Area Description

Maine’s capital city, an original 1628 Pilgrim settlement, embraces the powerful Kennebec River along with 22 other small cities and towns comprising the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce region. Augusta is both the capital city of the Pine Tree State and the service center of a Micropolitan with 75,000 residents and a workforce of 44,000 people.

Maine’s government center is rich in history, culture, educational resources, industry, innovation and art – with outstanding shopping opportunities.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The Capital Area offers a variety of year round recreational activities for residents and visitors alike. Surrounded by more than 30 lakes, ponds, and the Kennebec River, the Capital Area is well suited for activities such as canoeing/ kayaking, boating, swimming, water skiing, sailing, jet skiing, ice skating and fishing.

Visitors may rent or buy canoes and kayaks from Belgrade Canoe & Kayak. Boat sales, rentals and marine services are provided by area marinas including Clark Marine in Manchester and Lakeside Motel and Marina in East Winthrop. Public boat landings located on the Kennebec River can be found in Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner, and Richmond as well as on larger lakes in the region. White water rafting along the upper Kennebec and other rivers is organized by rafting companies within the area such as North Country Rivers.

The Capital Area Recreation Association complex between Hospital Street and the Cony Road (beside the Viles Arboretum) offers venues for soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, horseshoes, and walking / hiking / jogging.

The City of Augusta maintains popular Bicentennial Park, a recreation and swimming area on a city pond for Augusta residents. Outdoor swimming pools are located at two area playgrounds and at area hotels/motels including Fairway Motor Lodge, Best Western Plus Civic Center and Quality Inn & Suites Maine Evergreen Hotel. Indoor swimming pools are located at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Senator Inn & Spa, Comfort Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Hampton Inn and Kennebec Valley YMCA.

The Kennebec Valley YMCA, with its two facilities (Augusta and Manchester) offers two pools, fitness centers/indoor tracks, group exercise studios, racquetball, open gym, child watch services and a variety of programs that serve all ages, infants to seniors. Other health clubs include UMA. Other indoor sports offered within the Capital Area include ice skating at the new Camden National Bank Ice Vault (formerly Kennebec Ice Arena), candlepin bowling, and ten pin bowling at Sparetime Recreation.

The Capital Area also hosts seven outdoor tennis courts, six public golf courses, one private golf course, Augusta Country Club, and numerous parks, playgrounds and athletic fields. Miniature golf is offered within the area, at T's Golf. Capital Area residents and visitors also frequent our 10 theater cinema, and nightly Beano played at various halls and churches throughout our communities.

New Nordic Center: Augusta has developed a new Nordic ski complex with separate trails for other recreation activities on a large 160-acre forested tract in the center of the Capital.

In 2014, the Kennebec Valley Tennis Association opened a new four-court indoor tennis facility.

Cultural Activities

Capital Area include Shakespearean plays performed at the Theater at Monmouth throughout the summer and concerts performed by the Kennebec Performing Arts and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra plus year-round performances at the Waterville Opera House. Other venues for performing arts include Johnson Hall in Gardiner, Gaslight Theater in Hallowell, The University of Maine at Augusta and new state of the art facilities at Cony High School and Winthrop High School.

Public transportation

Interstate 95, the backbone of highway transportation in Maine, serves the Capital area. In addition, many other major highways converge in the Capital helping to make it a true center of commerce and travel.

Portland and Bangor are about an hour’s drive away and Boston is less than a three-hour drive.
Cape Air provides scheduled flight service to Boston and beyond from the Augusta State Airport. Charter air service and flight instruction courses are available from Maine Instrument Flight. Augusta has a variety of trucking firms, which offer freight service to the area.

Greyhound buses serve Augusta; Kennebec Explorer provides local public bus transportation and rental cars are available at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Concord Coach Lines bus company operates a major transportation hub in Augusta providing direct transport to Boston.

Augusta’s Cushnoc Crossing Bridge over the Kennebec River provides convenience for the city’s 25,000 daily commuters as well as for the millions of trips annually to and from our nearby coastal regions

Medical Facilities

Alzheimer's Care Center
(207) 626-1770
152 Dresden Ave., Gardiner, Maine

Riverview Psychiatric Center
(207) 624-3900
Hospital St., Augusta, Maine

MaineGeneral Medical Center,
Alfond Center for Health*
(207) 626-1000
35 Medical Center Parkway
Augusta, Maine

Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care
(207) 621-6100
361 Old Belgrade Rd., Augusta, Maine

VA Maine Healthcare System
(207) 623-8411
Togus, Maine

* The region’s largest private employer, MaineGeneral operates major hospital campuses in Augusta and Waterville and community health centers in a number of area towns.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  11.0  19.5  28.0  2.6 "
 Feb  15.0  23.5  32.0  2.5 "
 Mar  23.0  31.5  40.0  3.4 "
 Apr  35.0  44.0  53.0  3.8 "
 May  45.0  55.0  65.0  3.7 "
 Jun  54.0  64.0  74.0  3.6 "
 Jul  60.0  69.5  79.0  3.4 "
 Aug  59.0  68.5  78.0  3.3 "
 Sep  51.0  60.5  70.0  3.7 "
 Oct  40.0  48.5  57.0  4.4 "
 Nov  31.0  38.0  45.0  4.4 "
 Dec  19.0  26.5  34.0  3.2 "

The weather of the area is in four distinct seasons, but without the severe snowfalls and cold of the northern regions. Since Augusta is at the head of tide in the Kennebec River, it is considered coastal, but it lacks the heavy fogs of the seashore towns. The summer heat is comfortably tempered, but a few days occur with maximums reaching as high as 90 degrees. Mid-summer afternoon temperatures are in the ideal range from 75 to 80 degrees on an average day, with the nighttime minimum average in the upper 50's. Uncomfortably hot and humid nights are relatively few. Winters are moderately cold, with a mean temperature of 23 degrees for the three months of December, January and February. Readings of zero or lower are recorded on an average of 13 days per winter.

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Cost of Living for Kennebec Valley Area, ME

Kennebec Valley Area, Maine cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Housing in the Capital Area is available to suit every taste and need. Median sales price of single family homes in Kennebec County in 2016 was $138,800 although the range of homes can extend to luxury homes on beautiful lakeside settings. Homes for the most part are located on heavily vegetated lots whether in the urban areas or in nearby country settings. Apartments are available in the area at reasonable prices and a number of seniors and assisted-living homes are available. Please see our membership directory for a full listing of “Real Estate Development Rentals” professionals or write or call the Chamber for an area Real Estate Guide

Senior Assistance in Kennebec Valley Area, ME

Kennebec Valley Area, Maine offers the following assistance for seniors:

Bureau of Elder & Adult Services, State House Station 11, Augusta, Maine 04333 Phone: (207) 287-9200 or 1 800-262-2232 or call Spectrum Generations, One Weston Court, Augusta, Maine 04330, Phone: (207) 622-9212 or 1-800-639-1553.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

MaineGeneral Hospital, Kennebec Valley Humane Society, United Way of Kennebec Valley, Kennebec Land Truse, KVCAP-Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Spectrum Generations, Kennebec Valley Y.M.C.A., Kennebec Behavioral Health, numerous food banks, Bread of Life (food kitchen), to name a few.

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