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Living in close proximity to coastal Maine, Acadia National Park, the rugged Bold Coast, and the remote Maine woods doesn’t have to be a dream. Ellsworth, can help make your dream become a reality.

With quality job and career opportunities, and a range of housing options from rural to urban living, apartments to single-family homes, Ellsworth offers you a chance to escape to a better quality of life. Our door is open. Feel welcome and immerse yourself in our passionate and caring community.

Escape to a better quality of life

Ellsworth is the service center for Downeast Maine, including the Acadia region. Shopping, lodging, restaurants, financial services, medical providers, and more to accommodate the needs of residents and visitors.


If location is everything, it’s tough to beat Ellsworth.

A year-round service center for the Downeast Maine and Acadia regions, Ellsworth is situated on the Union River, a tidal river eventually leading out to the Gulf of Maine. The I-95 corridor is a pleasant 30-minute commute from downtown Ellsworth, and the City lies at the junction of the coastal, scenic Route 1 and Route 3 corridors. The City is located 45 minutes from an international airport (Bangor) and 15 minutes from a regional airport (Trenton) with daily commuter flights to Boston/Logan International Airport. Less than 30 minutes from Acadia National Park and within an hour drive of five major universities/colleges, the City is the ideal location to call home.

Conveniently Located

By Road

Located at the convergence of the I-95 and Route 1 corridors, Ellsworth is well positioned and connected regionally, within the State of Maine and New England.

By Plane

Access to Bangor International Airport, a comfortable 45-minute drive from downtown Ellsworth, and Bar Harbor Airport, offering daily commuter flights to Boston Logan International Airport, a short 15-minute drive from downtown.

By Boat (or Ferry)

Boaters, ferry riders and cruise ship passengers enjoy access to Ellsworth through Mount Desert Island harbors such as Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, and Southwest Harbor. From these locations Ellsworth is less than 40 minutes away by local roads. Small watercraft can navigate the Union River to reach the Harbor Park and Marina and be in walking distance to downtown Ellsworth.


Ellsworth is a safe and affordable place to live, work, and explore.

While we are a city, our sense of community lends itself to more of a small-town feel. You will find ample opportunities to make meaningful connections within the community and to attend events that celebrate the four seasons as well as the culture and heritage of our city. With so much at your fingertips, true quality of life can be achieved in Ellsworth, Maine. Your 9-5 workday can be balanced by a quick hike or paddle, a “retail therapy” session, a book and a cup of coffee on the library lawn, or a meal with friends and family at one of our many dining options.


As the shire town for Hancock County, Ellsworth is a center of governmental and commercial activity.

Several shopping centers and a lively historic downtown area attract visitors and serve residents from a wide circuit. Businesses enjoy the benefits of doing business in Ellsworth, including the availability of accessible and affordable land and buildings, utility infrastructure, telecommunications, workforce, and an expansive service area. Large employers residing in Ellsworth include The Jackson Laboratory and Northern Light Health. Residents and visitors alike appreciate the ability to access all of their needs in Ellsworth – whether it be shopping, dining, banking, wellness, healthcare, childcare, education, recreation, relaxation, and so much more.


The leisure life in Ellsworth includes experiencing the City’s artistic, cultural, historical, and natural beauty.

Artists and makers in the greater Ellsworth area have put a spotlight on the City and its blossoming creative culture. The Grand Theater is an historic performing arts center located on Main Street where cultural and educational events take place. The Woodlawn Museum provides a glimpse at Ellsworth’s history and is treasured for its house museum, gardens, and park-like setting with walking trails. Four-season, recreational opportunities in Ellsworth are abundant. The City’s Harbor on the tidal Union River and public access to our freshwater lakes promote boating and other water-based activities. Our trail systems, including the City’s own Public Forest, provide ample opportunities to explore the coast as well as inland forests, by foot, ski, ATV, or even sled. The City’s parks entertain kids of all ages, offering a host of activities or as a place to relax and unwind.

We're here for you!

Our team is here to support and help you with all of your transition needs and questions.  The Ellsworth community prides itself for being caring, friendly, and inviting. We will welcome you here with open arms and assist you with getting acclimated in your new home.  If you are thinking of moving or growing your business here in Ellsworth, we will provide assistance not only to the business owner, but also to their employees and their families.  The organizations listed below are just some of our teams who are ready to help. 

Ellsworth Business Development Coporation

The Ellsworth Business Development Corporation (EBDC) is an economic development organization, founded in 2014, with the purpose of working with the City of Ellsworth to promote economic development, foster economic growth and facilitate job creation. Business and community leaders from throughout the area are working together to help coordinate, promote and guide new business creation and workforce development.

Contact: [email protected]

Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce strives to encourage, promote, and support the growth and development of commerce, thereby enhancing the quality of life in the communities they serve. Whether you are here on vacation or are a local, the Ellsworth Area Chamber is eager to share the region’s amenities with you. The Chamber offers business and relocation packets, as well as welcome bags for new residents and employees.


City of Ellsworth, Maine

Welcome to the City of Ellsworth, the community of choice for business, leisure, and life. The City has a full staff to help with your business and residential development needs and will work to navigate these processes with you. The City’s website includes contact information for our City departments, a list of frequently asked questions to help residents and businesses become acclimated to our community and its services, and important news updates and notifications.


Heart of Ellsworth

Heart of Ellsworth (HOE) is focused on the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Ellsworth, Maine. HOE promotes artistic, economic, educational, environmental, cultural, and historic activities in the downtown area of the City of Ellsworth. Through the work of the Heart of Ellsworth, the City is recognized as an Affiliate Community by the Main Downtown Center and the Main Street America programs.


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