Maine's major metro areas are hugely different. Rents are climbing in all three cities, but it's clear that your money goes a little further the further you get from Portland. These three rentals are a cross section of what's available in the three different metro areas of Maine for $1000 a month.

Bangor Area Rental

From the Craigslist listing: "Immaculate 3 BR, 2 bath home situated only feet from the lake...Low allergen environment: wood/tile floors throughout. Great year-round access, with easy commute to Bangor area or MDI. HWBB LP gas heat, and new heat pump."

Portland Rental

From the Craigslist listing: "Sun-filled, second floor West End apartment available for rent on October 1st. Private side-entrance, off-street parking space and plenty more street parking. Dedicated washer/dryer in building. Rent includes heat, hot water, and wifi internet. Desirable neighborhood close to Longfellow Square, Western Prom, and Maine Med." 

Augusta Rental

This loft style apartment in Downtown Augusta is right on the waterfront. The open layout covers 1250-square feet. The unit features one bedroom, one bathroom, central air conditioning, controlled access, and hardwood floors throughout. For $1000 a month, you could live in a modern industrial space that would be the envy of any New Yorker.