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Safest Places to Live in Maine 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 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

ElitePersonalFinance 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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Rockport 3 384 0 0,00
2 Wiscasset 3 678 0 0,00
3 Madawaska 3 750 0 0,00
4 Pittsfield 3 999 0 0,00
5 North Berwick 4 707 0 0,00
6 Camden 4 856 0 0,00
7 Eliot 6 651 0 0,00
8 Cape Elizabeth 9 358 1 0,11
9 Winthrop 6 007 1 0,17
10 Gardiner 5 673 1 0,18
11 Sabattus 5 057 1 0,20
12 Bucksport 4 914 1 0,20
13 Lincoln 4 891 1 0,20
14 Gorham 17 609 4 0,23
15 Cumberland 8 274 2 0,24
16 Fort Kent 3 895 1 0,26
17 Hampden 7 336 2 0,27
18 Kennebunkport 3 632 1 0,28
19 Oakland 6 253 2 0,32
20 Scarborough 20 072 7 0,35
21 Yarmouth 8 510 3 0,35
22 Berwick 7 738 3 0,39
23 Topsham 8 780 4 0,46
24 Freeport 8 542 4 0,47
25 Millinocket 4 264 2 0,47
26 Monmouth 4 103 2 0,49
27 Windham 18 230 9 0,49
28 Oxford 4 049 2 0,49
29 Kennebunk 11 463 6 0,52
30 Dexter 3 707 2 0,54

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Crime Score in All Cities in Maine 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, 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 ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • Over 10,000 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 Winter Harbor 514 0 0,00
2 Islesboro 568 0 0,00
3 Carrabassett Valley 777 0 0,00
4 Ogunquit 925 0 0,00
5 Eastport 1 258 0 0,00
6 Milbridge 1 286 0 0,00
7 Gouldsboro 1 745 0 0,00
8 Southwest Harbor 1 779 0 0,00
9 Van Buren 2 002 0 0,00
10 Damariscotta 2 134 0 0,00
11 Dixfield 2 465 0 0,00
12 Thomaston 2 772 0 0,00
13 East Millinocket 2 929 1 0,34
14 Milo 2 262 1 0,44
15 Phippsburg 2 246 1 0,45
16 Limestone 2 174 1 0,46
17 Veazie 1 819 1 0,55
18 Washburn 1 550 1 0,65
19 Ashland 1 214 1 0,82
20 Hallowell 2 363 2 0,85
21 Rangeley 1 150 1 0,87
22 Boothbay Harbor 2 193 2 0,91
23 Greenville 1 588 2 1,26
24 Searsport 2 668 4 1,50
25 Calais 2 970 5 1,68
26 Mechanic Falls 2 973 6 2,02
27 Machias 2 086 8 3,84
28 Baileyville 1 446 6 4,15
29 Mexico 2 600 13 5,00

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Rockport 3 384 0 0,00
2 Wiscasset 3 678 0 0,00
3 Madawaska 3 750 0 0,00
4 Pittsfield 3 999 0 0,00
5 North Berwick 4 707 0 0,00
6 Camden 4 856 0 0,00
7 Eliot 6 651 0 0,00
8 Cape Elizabeth 9 358 1 0,11
9 Winthrop 6 007 1 0,17
10 Gardiner 5 673 1 0,18
11 Sabattus 5 057 1 0,20
12 Bucksport 4 914 1 0,20
13 Lincoln 4 891 1 0,20
14 Cumberland 8 274 2 0,24
15 Fort Kent 3 895 1 0,26
16 Hampden 7 336 2 0,27
17 Kennebunkport 3 632 1 0,28
18 Oakland 6 253 2 0,32
19 Yarmouth 8 510 3 0,35
20 Berwick 7 738 3 0,39
21 Topsham 8 780 4 0,46
22 Freeport 8 542 4 0,47
23 Millinocket 4 264 2 0,47
24 Monmouth 4 103 2 0,49
25 Oxford 4 049 2 0,49
26 Dexter 3 707 2 0,54
27 Rockland 7 171 4 0,56
28 Paris 5 145 3 0,58
29 Bath 8 293 5 0,60
30 Holden 3 061 2 0,65
31 Caribou 7 617 5 0,66
32 Farmington 7 617 5 0,66
33 Old Town 7 450 5 0,67
34 Bar Harbor 5 464 4 0,73
35 Belfast 6 765 5 0,74
36 Dover-Foxcroft 4 023 3 0,75
37 Ellsworth 8 008 6 0,75
38 Clinton 3 342 3 0,90
39 Fort Fairfield 3 279 3 0,91
40 Winslow 7 589 7 0,92
41 South Berwick 7 500 7 0,93
42 Waldoboro 5 015 5 1,00
43 Norway 4 948 5 1,01
44 Lisbon 8 869 9 1,01
45 Fairfield 6 539 7 1,07
46 Buxton 8 285 9 1,09
47 Bridgton 5 391 6 1,11
48 Kittery 9 755 11 1,13
49 Brewer 8 984 12 1,34
50 Livermore Falls 3 120 5 1,60
51 Newport 3 273 6 1,83
52 Jay 4 606 9 1,95
53 Wilton 3 939 8 2,03
54 Fryeburg 3 437 7 2,04
55 Rumford 5 712 13 2,28
56 Richmond 3 423 8 2,34
57 Presque Isle 8 997 22 2,45
58 Old Orchard Beach 8 890 23 2,59
59 Skowhegan 8 223 25 3,04
60 Houlton 5 770 19 3,29

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Gorham 17 609 4 0,23
2 Scarborough 20 072 7 0,35
3 Windham 18 230 9 0,49
4 Kennebunk 11 463 6 0,52
5 Falmouth 12 307 7 0,57
6 Wells 10 412 6 0,58
7 York 13 170 8 0,61
8 Orono 11 451 10 0,87
9 Saco 19 628 21 1,07
10 Brunswick 20 672 28 1,35
11 South Portland 25 557 36 1,41
12 Westbrook 18 915 33 1,74
13 Bangor 31 746 56 1,76
14 Waterville 16 729 30 1,79
15 Auburn 23 031 50 2,17
16 Lewiston 36 170 84 2,32
17 Sanford 21 062 56 2,66
18 Portland 66 997 192 2,87
19 Biddeford 21 519 64 2,97
20 Augusta 18 523 60 3,24

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.

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