#50. Augusta

The state capital of Maine, Augusta is positioned along the Kennebec River where community leaders are overseeing an expansive riverfront and downtown redevelopment project. Residents stay active with outdoor recreation options that include fishing, hiking and skiing. Education is a top priority at five public schools in Augusta, one private school and the University of Maine at Augusta, and the city boasts an interactive Children’s Discovery Museum. Hospitals in Augusta provide excellent care and the health scene here includes a highly regarded cancer care center.

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