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Safest Places to Live in Maine ( 2017 Updated ! )

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 2015 to 2016, it saw a substantial decrease in the violent crime rate. It dropped by 4.5%, which is 4.7% 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 data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. 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 population under 3,000.

 

30 Safest Places in Maine 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cape Elizabeth 9,364 0 0.00
2 Rockport 3,392 0 0.00
3 Clinton 3,291 0 0.00
4 Brewer 9,185 1 0.11
5 Topsham 8,748 1 0.11
6 Cumberland 7,821 1 0.13
7 Rockland 7,227 1 0.14
8 Oakland 6,119 1 0.16
9 Wells 10,174 2 0.20
10 Oxford 4,034 1 0.25
11 Madawaska 3,803 1 0.26
12 Dexter 3,775 1 0.26
13 Winslow 7,506 2 0.27
14 Kennebunkport 3,586 1 0.28
15 Kennebunk 11,289 4 0.35
16 Freeport 8,407 3 0.36
17 Bridgton 5,405 2 0.37
18 Orono 10,772 4 0.37
19 Bar Harbor 5,339 2 0.37
20 Berwick 7,567 3 0.40
21 Norway 4,911 2 0.41
22 Millinocket 4,332 2 0.46
23 Eliot 6,362 3 0.47
24 Pittsfield 4,051 2 0.49
25 Monmouth 4,008 2 0.50
26 Gardiner 5,558 3 0.54
27 Wiscasset 3,638 2 0.55
28 Lisbon 8,823 5 0.57
29 Yarmouth 8,584 5 0.58
30 Richmond 3,394 2 0.59

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Maine

In case your city didn’t make it to 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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Phippsburg 2,234 0 0.00
2 Mount Desert 2,074 0 0.00
3 Washburn 1,578 0 0.00
4 Ashland 1,222 0 0.00
5 Islesboro 567 0 0.00
6 Winter Harbor 515 0 0.00
7 Willimantic 140 0 0.00
8 Mechanic Falls 2,990 1 0.33
9 East Millinocket 2,986 1 0.33
10 Searsport 2,627 1 0.38
11 Hallowell 2,303 1 0.43
12 Limestone 2,202 1 0.45
13 Van Buren 2,037 1 0.49
14 Gouldsboro 1,739 1 0.58
15 Calais 2,953 2 0.68
16 Baileyville 1,444 1 0.69
17 Milbridge 1,283 1 0.78
18 Rangeley 1,149 1 0.87
19 Damariscotta 2,214 2 0.90
20 Veazie 1,855 2 1.08
21 Southwest Harbor 1,774 2 1.13
22 Dixfield 2,462 3 1.22
23 Carrabassett Valley 772 1 1.30
24 Milo 2,242 3 1.34
25 Thomaston 2,776 5 1.80
26 Greenville 1,582 3 1.90
27 Machias 2,096 5 2.39
28 Brownville 1,189 3 2.52
29 Eastport 1,254 4 3.19
30 Boothbay Harbor 2,158 7 3.24
31 Ogunquit 916 3 3.28
32 Mexico 2,590 14 5.41

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cape Elizabeth 9,364 0 0.00
2 Rockport 3,392 0 0.00
3 Clinton 3,291 0 0.00
4 Brewer 9,185 1 0.11
5 Topsham 8,748 1 0.11
6 Cumberland 7,821 1 0.13
7 Rockland 7,227 1 0.14
8 Oakland 6,119 1 0.16
9 Oxford 4,034 1 0.25
10 Madawaska 3,803 1 0.26
11 Dexter 3,775 1 0.26
12 Winslow 7,506 2 0.27
13 Kennebunkport 3,586 1 0.28
14 Freeport 8,407 3 0.36
15 Bridgton 5,405 2 0.37
16 Bar Harbor 5,339 2 0.37
17 Berwick 7,567 3 0.40
18 Norway 4,911 2 0.41
19 Millinocket 4,332 2 0.46
20 Eliot 6,362 3 0.47
21 Pittsfield 4,051 2 0.49
22 Monmouth 4,008 2 0.50
23 Gardiner 5,558 3 0.54
24 Wiscasset 3,638 2 0.55
25 Lisbon 8,823 5 0.57
26 Yarmouth 8,584 5 0.58
27 Richmond 3,394 2 0.59
28 Lincoln 5,020 3 0.60
29 Camden 4,863 3 0.62
30 North Berwick 4,672 3 0.64
31 Hampden 7,414 5 0.67
32 Ellsworth 7,881 6 0.76
33 Fort Kent 3,940 3 0.76
34 Old Town 7,583 6 0.79
35 Farmington 7,401 6 0.81
36 Bucksport 4,927 4 0.81
37 Bath 8,269 7 0.85
38 Fryeburg 3,385 3 0.89
39 Holden 3,077 3 0.97
40 Dover-Foxcroft 4,004 4 1.00
41 Waldoboro 4,954 5 1.01
42 Caribou 7,747 8 1.03
43 Fairfield 6,505 7 1.08
44 Buxton 8,171 9 1.10
45 Paris 5,085 6 1.18
46 South Berwick 7,454 9 1.21
47 Rumford 5,646 7 1.24
48 Belfast 6,685 10 1.50
49 Fort Fairfield 3,330 5 1.50
50 Winthrop 5,888 9 1.53
51 Kittery 9,686 15 1.55
52 Newport 3,224 5 1.55
53 Sabattus 5,038 8 1.59
54 Old Orchard Beach 8,807 17 1.93
55 Jay 4,750 10 2.11
56 Wilton 3,922 9 2.29
57 Livermore Falls 3,118 8 2.57
58 Skowhegan 8,454 24 2.84
59 Presque Isle 9,075 33 3.64
60 Houlton 5,835 25 4.28

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Wells 10,174 2 0.20
2 Kennebunk 11,289 4 0.35
3 Orono 10,772 4 0.37
4 Scarborough 19,851 12 0.60
5 York 12,927 8 0.62
6 Gorham 17,346 12 0.69
7 Falmouth 12,154 11 0.91
8 Windham 17,983 17 0.95
9 Brunswick 20,544 25 1.22
10 South Portland 25,674 44 1.71
11 Saco 19,197 35 1.82
12 Auburn 22,836 43 1.88
13 Westbrook 18,078 40 2.21
14 Waterville 16,370 38 2.32
15 Sanford 20,914 58 2.77
16 Biddeford 21,285 87 4.09
17 Augusta 18,347 76 4.14

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lewiston 36,126 64 1.77
2 Bangor 32,264 75 2.32
3 Portland 67,041 196 2.92

 

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of 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.

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