Well as you laid out the options, I will respond. I am fully aware of Maine's issues as I lived them as well and have many friends up in the "County". I have relatives in Fla.(doesn't everyone?) and my younger bro lives in Saratoga, NY. 2 sisters were in the S. Maine/N.Mass(;))area until one moved to Bangor recently. I have relatives in many states and I chose Tenn. to move to. Specifically, the Chattanooga area. I do not find it to hot here, many do. You mention finding a place where there are no people........stay in Maine. You would think the E. Tenn and N. Ga area is "country" by watching tv. But someone lives on every inch of it anywhere near a job market. And the influence of Atlanta is far and wide. Crime, death is a daily occurrence. You mention police work, the pay here is horrible. One of my neighbors is a cop. I work in a correctional facility, the pay is horrible, and the morale/conditions are even worse. Nurses are in demand everywhere, and I "thought I would make more money also". My wife lost 40% of her income (Hospital accountant) and I lost about 60%(building contractor/finish man/jack of all trades).
VW recently announced they were in the market for "maintenance workers" of which I am one. They said there were not enough candidates in this region and they would be taking the search nationwide. Let me decipher this for you. They know there is a glut of "engineers" and other types out there that cannot get a job, anywhere. 15 years ago everyone was screaming from the roof tops that we "didnt have enough educated workers, engineers, etc, etc". SO, fast forward 15 years and "engineers" are doing maintenance work in plants. For $11 to $13 or so an hour. They have to learn just like everyone else to plunge a toilet, run a power snake, fix a flushometer, grease a bearing, with their big degree. I work with an engineer and he makes the same thing I do with my life degree. I should back up and say the VW jobs will be higher paying, but they are like jewels to get and they will hold out for the most overqualified candidates. I cannot even get an interview to work at an apartment complex or nursing home, to old I guess, but that is how you get knowledge and experience in a variety of fields. Unless you are some wonder kid. Those are very few and far between these days
Just remember S, no matter where ya go---there ya are:)Everyplace has it's pro's & con's!!!!!!!!!
Last but not least is Freetown Fred's commentary. Accurate, and concise. A man of few words and he has been many places......
He gave me the same advice 3 years ago.
As I said before, look hard before you leap. I did but other factors changed the game.