Retire in Bar Harbor

Best Retirement City - Bar Harbor

See why many believe that Bar Harbor is the best city to retire

While Bar Harbor is one of the top vacation destinations in the U.S., it is also a popular place for retirees who’ve come to enjoy the golden years with the relaxing atmosphere found on the coastal island. Many people over the age of 55 call Bar Harbor home. Located on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor attracts retirees looking for fun in the sun and peaceful outdoor living. The town's immaculate, peaceful surroundings still attracts visitors each year, while still maintaining a quaint, quiet feel. The Acadia National Park is one of the most popular attractions in the area, where visitors can enjoy a plethora of outdoor fun, from whale watching, fishing, biking, golf, and hiking and much more. The town boasts a plethora of restaurants, particularly those serving fresh seafood. Have questions or comments about what it's like to retire in Bar Harbor? Click "Share your thoughts" to discuss with the eRetirements community!

City Highlights

  1. Small town feel (under 3,000 residents!)
  2. Strong 65+ employment rates
  3. Low crime rates
  4. Breathtaking scenery
  5. Year-round outdoor activities

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Not tax friendly
  2. Distance to major airport

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 42,500

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Boston MA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Portland International Jetport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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