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For Immediate Release

Date: 11/19/13

Rep. Duprey Praises Hampden for Rank as "Best Town for Young Families"

Expresses commitment to continuing town's status as top Maine career and living destination

AUGUSTA - State Representative Brian Duprey (R-Hampden) on Tuesday praised his town for its rank as the number one city or town for young families in Maine. The ranking was compiled by "Nerd Wallet," a popular nationwide consumer finance and investing website that caters to young professionals.

The factors that determined Hampden's winning placement as a top place for young families to settle included the quality of its schools, its proximity to an urban center (Bangor), median home value, monthly expenses, median household income, and income growth from 1999 to 2011.

"This study tells people across the state and the region what many of us in Hampden have known for a while, and that is that our town is a fantastic place to settle down and raise a family," said Rep. Duprey. "One of the challenges we face as a state is retaining and attracting young people to live and work here in Maine, but this study makes clear that there are many great destinations for young professionals in our state, and Hampden is at the top of that list."

The ranking used data from the U.S. Census Bureau as well as Great Schools, Inc., an organization often used by realtors to rate school quality. According to the findings, Hampden's median household income grew 52.3 percent from 1999 to 2011, landing at an impressive $81,250 per year, or $30,000 above the national average. Its median home value stood at $167,000, which is close to the statewide average, and Hampden Academy earned a perfect 10 out of 10 from Great Schools.

"The only way we're going to make more towns in Maine look like Hampden is to lift the state government policies that scare off young people," said Rep. Duprey. "Maine needs to reform its education system, lower the tax burden on young professionals, make it easier to own or operate a business, and get our welfare spending and debt under control."

Rep. Brian Duprey represents Dixmont and Newburgh as well as Hampden in the Maine House, where he serves on the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee. He and his wife, Carol, have five children and operate a small business.

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