I've really enjoyed the last four days without power.

...Said no one ever. I am one of the lucky ones, in that I have a whole home generator. On the other hand, the propane supply can't last forever. If it doesn't come back soon, I'll end up in the dark like everyone else... Struggling to find a place to keep my stuff cold and/or frozen. Luckily, Mother Nature is on our side with that right now.

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But many Mainers are in the dark right now, cursing the Power Gods, waiting for any glimmer of hope, and frankly, light. Many parts of Maine seemingly spend way too much time in the dark. During this whole thing, you may have even begun to wonder if this is a bigger problem in Maine than other states. Well actually, it is.

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Maine endures more power outages than any state in the US annually.

According to this survey, Maine averages 3.9 major outages every year. The next closest state is West Virginia. They have 2.8 annually. If escaping power outages is your thing, then you may want to consider a move to Missouri. They have an average of 1.1 major events. That ain't bad. It's almost downright tolerable.

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Interestingly though, Florida spends more physical time in the dark, in hours. But not by much. Florida spends an average of 14.6 hours without power, and Maine spends 14.1 powerless. Washington DC only spends an average of an hour without power. Maybe I'll move there and avoid this mess next year.

What's more interesting, but not remotely a surprise, is that the greatest percentage of our outages are caused by natural disasters. Sure, there's the occasional car accident or whatnot. But blizzards and wind storms are the biggest contributing factor in our outages incidents. Of course, we have no idea what they're talking about right now, do we?

Maybe one of these states has less power outages and blizzards to ruin our day.

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