Lewiston, Maine nestles between the beautiful capital city of Augusta and Portland. Located in the striking New England region of the northeastern United States, Lewiston features a scenic river landscape, with gently rolling hills, where the lush mountains and pristine coastline are within easy reach. Lewiston stakes claim to 35 square miles of Androscoggin County.
With a population of nearly 36,000 (Census 2006 estimate), Lewiston ranks as ME’s second largest city. Residents also figure into the Lewiston – Auburn Metropolitan Statistical Area, home to nearly 65,000 people. Census 2000 data records Auburn’s population as 23,690. Lewiston lies two miles across the Androscoggin River from Auburn, 30 miles from Portland and 34 miles from Augusta. Other inviting cities within a short driving distance include Bangor, Biddeford, Rockland, South Portland and Waterville.
Lewiston and Auburn, often considered one city called “L/A”, have a thriving base of industry with several large companies providing employment and economic stimulus. These include Central Maine Medical Center, Country Kitchen – Lepage Bakery, Saint Mary’s Health System, the Sun Journal, WalMart Distribution Center and the U.S. headquarters of Diamond Phoenix. In 2007, the National Civic League honored Lewiston with the All-America City Award.
Students in Lewiston enjoy a choice of newly constructed buildings in the public education system and several outstanding private schools. Those in the market for post-secondary education in Lewiston have access to Bates College, ranked among the nation’s most prestigious small colleges, and campuses of Andover College and the University of Southern Maine. Just across the river in Auburn, the Central Main Community College provides another option for higher education.
Cultural and recreational opportunities abound in the Lewiston, ME area. There are museums such as the Atrium Gallery, Bates College Museum of Art and Museum L-A, and performing arts venues such as the Franco-American Heritage Center and the Maine Public Theatre. Lewiston also has an impressive selection of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These historic sites include the Androscoggin Mill Block, Captain Holland House, Grand Trunk Railroad Station, Lewiston City Hall, the Osgood Building, Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Church, and the Union Block.
Popular destinations in Lewiston include Lewiston Promenade Mall, Lewiston Mall, Lewiston Skate Park, Mount David Summit, Lewiston – Auburn Railroad Park, Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary and Androscoggin River’s Lewiston Falls, which bisects downtown Lewiston and Auburn. Lewiston’s most vibrant locales include Lisbon Street and Main Street, whose upper section has enjoyed a recent resurgence of business. Lewiston’s close-knit community also celebrates several annual events including Festival FrancoFun, the Great Falls Balloon Festival, and the Patrick Dempsey Challenge, in honor of the well-known television and movie star who called Lewiston home. The Lewiston Maineiacs, a professional hockey team, also call Lewiston their home.
Lewiston, Maine has stunning Victorian mansion-lined streets, quiet family neighborhoods and lively business districts born in the town’s textile days. This up and coming community combines all the amenities of modern city living with the laid-back atmosphere of a small New England town.