Bangor ( BANG-gor) is a city in the U.S. state of Maine. The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the metropolitan Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746. Modern Bangor was established in the mid-1800s with the lumber and shipbuilding industries. Lying on the Penobscot River, logs could be floated downstream from the Maine North Woods and processed at the city's water-powered sawmills, then shipped from Bangor's port to the Atlantic Ocean 30 miles downstream, and from there to any port in the world. Evidence of this is still visible in the lumber barons' elaborate Greek Revival and Victorian mansions and the 31 foot high statue of Paul Bunyan. Today, Bangor's economy is based on services and retail, healthcare, and education. Founded as Condeskeag Plantation, Bangor was incorporated as a New England town in 1791. The reason for the choice of name is disputed. Like the possibly eponymous Bangor, Wales, the final syllable is pronounced gor, not ger. In 2015, local public officials, journalists, doctors, policemen, photographers, restaurateurs, TV personalities and Grammy-winning composers came together record the YouTube video "How To Say Bangor". Bangor has a port of entry at Bangor International Airport, also home to the Bangor Air National Guard Base. Historically Bangor was an important stopover on the great circle route air route between the U.S. East Coast and Europe. Bangor has a humid continental climate, with cold, snowy winters, and warm summers.
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How did Maine earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Maine has a state sales tax of 5.50%. Of particular interest is that Maine does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Maine has an effective property tax rate of 1.32%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Maine earned its state tax grade of C.
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