Maine Calling: Who is moving to Maine, and why do Mainers call them ‘from away’?

In recent years, more and more people have been moving to Maine from elsewhere—other states, other countries. Some came during the pandemic to work remotely, others simply were drawn to the Maine lifestyle. We discuss who is moving to Maine and why. And we analyze the use of the term “from away”—why Mainers say it and what it implies.

April Strickland, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, Bates College
Carmen McPhail, president, Maine Association of Realtors; associate broker, United Country Lifestyle Properties of Maine; born and raised in Presque Isle

VIP callers:
Amanda RectorMaine State Economist
Jon Stein, moved to Ellsworth 8 years ago; owner, Fogtown Brewing Co.; Ellsworth City Councilor
Nancy Smith, CEO, GrowSmart Maine
Inza Outtarra, state refugee coordinator, Office of Maine Refugee Services, Catholic Charities Maine