Life in our Communities

Each of our three diverse locations ─ in Maine, California and Connecticut ─ has distinct advantages as a desirable place to work and live. The three communities share in common good schools, access to health care and ample cultural and recreational opportunities, among other attributes.

Life in Bar Harbor

Most people know of Bar Harbor, Maine, as a coastal travel destination for escaping the summer heat and enjoying the beautiful scenery in Acadia National Park. Cool, sunny weather is truly celebrated on Mount Desert Island, but a small, close-knit community also lives here year-round.

The cool water of the Gulf of Maine keeps summer temperatures mild, with daytime highs typically in the 70s – perfect weather for enjoying the hiking, biking, kayaking, camping in and around Acadia. Winter brings chilly temperatures but provides outdoor enthusiasts ample snow for cross-country skiing, sledding and snow-shoeing.

Bar Harbor is a tight-knit island community. The schools on Mount Desert Island are consistently among the best in the state. The student population is also ethnically and culturally diverse, as many of the students are the sons and daughters of Jackson Laboratory employees, who come to Bar Harbor from throughout the nation and world.

Get more information about living in Bar Harbor from the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Life in Connecticut

With its urban skylines, classic New England villages, shoreline beaches and proximity to Boston and New York, Connecticut offers something for everyone.

Connecticut is a thriving business center with exceptional colleges and a diverse population.  Its lifestyle is a unique blend of the best things that cities, suburbs and small towns can offer.

There are several public and private colleges and universities in Connecticut – most notably Yale University and the University of Connecticut – as well as many private, charter and magnet schools for parents to choose from. 

Get more information about relocating to Connecticut from the East Hartford or West Hartford chambers of commerce.

Life in Sacramento

Sacramento is the cultural, business and governmental center of California’s expansive Central Valley. It is the state’s first charter city, the seat of state government, and a historic place known for the Gold Rush, the Pony Express and the first continental railroad.

The region offers over 50 golf courses. Just a short drive away, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range are central to premier skiing and recreational activities. Also close by is the world-renowned Napa Valley, famous for its wineries. San Francisco and the Bay Area are about an hour's drive. These major metropolitan areas are home to several professional sports teams, unique cultural events and activities, and shopping, dining and nightlife.

Sacramento typically experiences damp to wet, mild winters and hot, dry summers. The wet season is generally October through April and summer heat is often moderated by a sea breeze known as the "delta breeze," which comes through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from the San Francisco Bay.

Three major public universities in the greater Sacramento area – California State University, Drexel University and the University of California, Davis – and many private institutions, community colleges and vocational schools provide ample educational opportunities.

Get more information on living in the area from the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.