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.
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:
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:
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)
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.
1. Cape Elizabeth
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.
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. KennebunkPopulation: 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. TopshamPopulation: 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. OaklandPopulation: 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.
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. BerwickPopulation: 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. YarmouthPopulation: 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 HarborPopulation: 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.
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
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