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Brunswick was originally settled in 1628 along the falls of the Androscoggin River. Incorporated in 1738, it was named to honor the British House of Brunswick. The community has the charm of a college town, the bustle of light Young Mooseindustry, and the economic health of a regional commercial center. has taken a "town vote" on more than 5,000 cities to come up with 100 of the best places to live in the nation. Listed number 12 in 2005 - Brunswick, Maine. Nomination was based on safety, activities, beauty, great schools, healthy economy, great people and neighbors. Brunswick has been named a 2005 Sports Illustrated Good Sports Community of the Year. The January 2007 edition of "Where to Retire" profiled Brunswick as one of the top five four-season settings of the 100 Most Popular Places to Retire.

Several National Historic Districts with grand sea captains' mansions serve as testaments to the Greek Revival and Federal styles of architecture.

The grassy, tree-lined Town Mall (with gazebo) links Bowdoin College to the downtown shopping and service district. On the outskirts of town, other shopping districts along Pleasant Street and at Cook's Corner round out Brunswick's commercial base. Two excellent hospitals and a variety of other health care services are an asset to the Town.

Industries include the manufacture of the famous L.L. Bean boot, fiberglass construction materials, and electronic switching devices, as well as several facilities of Bath Iron Works.

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