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Safest Places to Live in Maine 2020

EPF Last Update: February 17, 2020

Located in the northeastern region of the United States, Maine is the easternmost state and along with Washington, the northernmost state in the country. It borders New Hampshire, the Atlantic Ocean and Canadian provinces New Brunswick and Quebec.

With over 1.3 million residents, it is the 9th least populous state. The capital of Maine is Augusta, while the largest city is Portland, which has approximately 67,000 residents. In 1820 Maine was admitted into the Union and officially became a state.

Maine is well known for its landscape, which consists of rocky coastline, low mountains, forests, and picturesque waterways. When it comes to food, the local specialty is seafood, especially clams and lobster.

Maine is a very safe state, which can be deduced from the fact that in the period from 2016 to 2017, it saw a substantial decrease in the violent crime rate. It dropped by 1.9%, which is 2.4% per 100,000 residents. Also, the crime score in the safest places in this state is lower than in most other states.

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 3,000.

30 Safest Places in Maine 2020

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Cumberland7,95600.00
2Hampden7,36300.00
3Oxford4,03700.00
4Fort Kent3,90000.00
5Madawaska3,76000.00
6Cape Elizabeth9,38310.11
7Camden4,83310.21
8Topsham8,79020.23
9Pittsfield4,07610.25
10Dexter3,71010.27
11Wiscasset3,68010.27
12Kennebunkport3,60410.28
13Rockport3,38910.30
14Falmouth12,26040.33
15Gardiner5,59220.36
16Wells10,28740.39
17Scarborough20,21580.40
18South Berwick7,46930.40
19Lincoln4,94420.40
20Belfast6,64430.45
21Dover-Foxcroft4,04520.49
22Windham18,175100.55
23Richmond3,41220.59
24Bucksport4,92430.61
25Kennebunk11,40670.61
26Newport3,22420.62
27Gorham17,554110.63
28Ellsworth7,94050.63
29North Berwick4,69030.64
30Holden3,04920.66

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Crime Score in All Cities in Maine 2020

In case your city didn’t make it to the top 30, you can take a look at our full list of Maine cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Searsport2,63800.00
2Dixfield2,45700.00
3Milo2,25600.00
4Phippsburg2,24600.00
5Limestone2,16500.00
6Van Buren2,06800.00
7Southwest Harbor1,78000.00
8Gouldsboro1,75000.00
9Greenville1,58500.00
10Washburn1,55800.00
11Milbridge1,27700.00
12Eastport1,24300.00
13Ashland1,21700.00
14Rangeley1,15900.00
15Carrabassett Valley78100.00
16Islesboro56500.00
17Winter Harbor51500.00
18Mechanic Falls2,98610.33
19East Millinocket2,94310.34
20Thomaston2,77210.36
21Hallowell2,31810.43
22Boothbay Harbor2,18810.46
23Damariscotta2,16610.46
24Veazie1,82710.55
25Ogunquit92211.08
26Calais2,94051.70
27Machias2,08741.92
28Baileyville1,43332.09
29Mexico2,58472.71

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Cumberland7,95600.00
2Hampden7,36300.00
3Oxford4,03700.00
4Fort Kent3,90000.00
5Madawaska3,76000.00
6Cape Elizabeth9,38310.11
7Camden4,83310.21
8Topsham8,79020.23
9Pittsfield4,07610.25
10Dexter3,71010.27
11Wiscasset3,68010.27
12Kennebunkport3,60410.28
13Rockport3,38910.30
14Gardiner5,59220.36
15South Berwick7,46930.40
16Lincoln4,94420.40
17Belfast6,64430.45
18Dover-Foxcroft4,04520.49
19Richmond3,41220.59
20Bucksport4,92430.61
21Newport3,22420.62
22Ellsworth7,94050.63
23North Berwick4,69030.64
24Holden3,04920.66
25Yarmouth8,59460.70
26Millinocket4,26730.70
27Bridgton5,41440.74
28Monmouth4,03630.74
29Fairfield6,56050.76
30Berwick7,62760.79
31Winthrop5,95050.84
32Brewer9,04880.88
33Fryeburg3,38930.89
34Caribou7,66670.91
35Bar Harbor5,42250.92
36Sabattus5,03850.99
37Norway4,90251.02
38Lisbon8,82091.02
39Freeport8,52091.06
40Eliot6,48171.08
41Rockland7,16181.12
42Paris5,11961.17
43Waldoboro5,02361.19
44Old Town7,46691.21
45Livermore Falls3,10441.29
46Winslow7,534101.33
47Kittery9,669131.34
48Rumford5,69281.41
49Bath8,272121.45
50Oakland6,14591.46
51Wilton3,94461.52
52Farmington7,548131.72
53Fort Fairfield3,29461.82
54Jay4,62891.94
55Buxton8,222161.95
56Clinton3,30072.12
57Skowhegan8,255182.18
58Old Orchard Beach8,842313.51
59Presque Isle9,016343.77
60Houlton5,781366.23

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Falmouth12,26040.33
2Wells10,28740.39
3Scarborough20,21580.40
4Windham18,175100.55
5Kennebunk11,40670.61
6Gorham17,554110.63
7York13,01890.69
8Orono11,40090.79
9Saco19,332271.40
10Brunswick20,711291.40
11Auburn22,931401.74
12Westbrook18,560341.83
13Waterville16,522321.94
14South Portland25,679562.18
15Sanford20,963482.29
16Augusta18,394552.99
17Biddeford21,378773.60

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Bangor31,814481.51
2Lewiston36,067982.72
3Portland67,0791862.77

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

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