BANGOR- Young people, particularly young professionals, are flocking to the Bangor area. A recent census data ranks the city as the youngest demographic in Maine.
“I came back and saw that the area has changed a ton from when I left and I really wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to be a part of the growth and i think there’s a lot of opportunity for young professionals in the area,” saod Travis Maynard, a web and graphic designer at Pulse Marketing.
Over the last decade, more young people have come to the area seeking opportunity, whether it be through one of the many colleges or universities in the area, or to find a job.
“I came back just to visit my family. I had no intentions or expectations when I came back, and a couple days later iIwalked into this office and had a resume with me and it just worked perfectly,” said Maynard.
Maynard believes that much of keeping Bangor young has to do with a recent change in mindset of both the generation entering the workforce and the generation of employers.
“My whole entire team is comprised of millennials, and I think they have been helping me grow this company,” said Cintia Miranda, owner of Pulse Marketing.
It may be the higher educational institutions and job opportunities that bring people to the area, but most agree that it’s the growing entertainment and quality of life that keep them here.
“My friends and I, we don’t like to hang out at the mall. We don’t like to go to the big chain restaurants, when, if we’re going to go out, even just for dinner, not necessarily out for drinks all night, we’re going to come downtown. And I think that the downtown has just improved so much that it’s a great place for everyone to go out and meet new people and just socialize, which is what millenials need,” said Madeline Sim, a marketing intern at Pulse Marketing.
Aside from the up-and-coming downtown atmosphere, there are other perks that Bangor has over other bigger cities.
“We can’t offer the kind of comprehensive urban experience that Boston or New York can, but you can’t drive ten minutes out of Boston or New York and be on a lake fishing,” said John Porter, president and CEO of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.
Porter adds that he believes Bangor has a bright future and thinks the next five years will be even better than the last five.