These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Maine For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Maine where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Maine, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Maine is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Pine Tree State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 55 places in Maine with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Cape Elizabeth
  2. Cumberland
  3. Kennebunk
  4. Topsham
  5. Oakland
  6. Eliot
  7. Berwick
  8. Yarmouth
  9. Bar Harbor
  10. Wells

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Maine

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 54 crimes committed in Cape Elizabeth which had a reported population of 9,364. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00577 which translates into a 1 in 173 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 55 places in Maine to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 55 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Maine".

The safest city, based on population, is Cape Elizabeth. The most dangerous? Augusta, where residents had a 1 in 24 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Cape Elizabeth

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Population: 9,364
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 576 (2nd safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Maine for 2018 is Cape Elizabeth -- a classic example of everything that makes Maine great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 173.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Cumberland

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Population: 7,821
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 306 (1st safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Maine and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Cumberland -- the 2nd safest in the Pine Tree State.

Cumberland is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 325.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Cumberland.

3. Kennebunk

Population: 11,289
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 788 (6th safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Kennebunk ranks as the 3rd safest city in Maine.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Kennebunk.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Topsham

Population: 8,748
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,154 (15th safest)

You might be surprised to find Topsham this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Topsham is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Pine Tree State boasts the 15th best property crime rate and 3rd best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Oakland

Population: 6,119
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 25)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,127 (14th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Oakland, ME.

You get what you pay for in Oakland -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 6,119 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Oakland residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Oakland in heartbeat.

6. Eliot

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Population: 6,362
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 770 (5th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Eliot, the 6th safest city in Maine.

The town of some 6,362 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Eliot a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Eliot?

7. Berwick

Population: 7,567
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 977 (11th safest)

Berwick is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Maine.

It has 1 in 102.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 2,522 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Maine.

8. Yarmouth

Population: 8,584
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 792 (7th safest)

The eighth safest city in Maine for 2018 goes to Yarmouth. Let's see why.

There were only 5 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 68 property crimes to boot.

9. Bar Harbor

Population: 5,339
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 20)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,105 (13th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Maine, may we present Bar Harbor as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Maine, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

59 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 13th best in Maine on a rate basis.

10. Wells

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Population: 10,174
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,228 (21st safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Wells.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Wells residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 2 violent crimes and 125 property crimes in Wells; that's really good for a place of 10,174 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Maine

Looking at the data, you can tell that Cape Elizabeth is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Maine residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in Maine:
3rd Most Dangerous: Biddeford
2nd Most Dangerous: Skowhegan
Most Dangerous: Augusta

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Maine For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Cape Elizabeth129,3640576
Cumberland217,82112306
Kennebunk3311,28935788
Topsham488,748111,154
Oakland5306,119161,127
Eliot696,36247770
Berwick7137,56739977
Yarmouth848,58458792
Bar Harbor9295,339371,105
Wells101110,174191,228
Winslow11147,506261,225
Orono121510,772371,160
Lisbon13318,823561,099
Hampden1457,41467903
South Berwick15227,454120670
York161012,927611,191
Brewer17219,185102,231
Buxton18268,171110893
Gorham19717,346691,170
Rockland20197,227132,200
Sabattus21285,038158674
Bridgton22465,405371,998
Falmouth23612,154901,184
Winthrop24275,888152951
Farmington25207,401811,337
Freeport26348,407352,260
Old Town27337,583791,687
Scarborough282319,851601,994
Lincoln29355,020592,091
Windham301217,983941,484
Caribou31177,7471031,626
Gardiner32375,558532,338
Kittery33259,6861541,435
Brunswick343220,5441211,693
Paris35185,0851171,789
Belfast36416,6851491,780
Fairfield37516,5051072,136
Bath38248,269842,527
Ellsworth39487,881763,070
Saco403819,1971821,797
Lewiston414036,1261771,987
South Portland423625,6741712,321
Westbrook434518,0782212,478
Old Orchard Beach44448,8071932,543
Rumford45475,6461234,215
Houlton46435,8354282,227
Auburn473922,8361883,196
Presque Isle48429,0753632,655
Portland494967,0412922,677
Sanford505220,9142773,404
Waterville515316,3702324,050
Bangor525032,2642324,153
Biddeford535521,2854083,424
Skowhegan54548,4542834,376
Augusta555618,3474143,684

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