These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Maine For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maine have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in Maine?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Maine, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Pine Tree State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in Maine? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in Maine. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Portland (Photos)
  2. Waterville (Photos)
  3. Bangor (Photos)
  4. Bath (Photos)
  5. Lewiston (Photos)
  6. Westbrook (Photos)
  7. Biddeford
  8. Augusta (Photos)
  9. Rockland (Photos)
  10. Auburn (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in Maine? That would be Belfast.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in Maine or the safest places to live in Maine.

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How do you determine which city is best for singles in Maine anyways?

To give you the places in Maine which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Pine Tree State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Maine, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For Maine, that meant a total of 20 cities.

Read on to see why Portland is the talk of the town while Belfast is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Portland

Portland, Me

Population: 66,649
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 31.8%
Households with kids: 21.1%
Portland is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maine, with a population of 66,937 as of 2016. This makes it the fourth least populous city in the U.S. to be the most populous in its state. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population. The Old Port district is frequented by tourists, while Portland Head Light is also a destination. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named after the English Isle of Portland, and the city of Portland, Oregon, was in turn named after Portland, Maine.

2. Waterville

Waterville, Me

Population: 16,134
Median Age: 38.8
Married households: 31.1%
Households with kids: 23.3%
Waterville is a city in Kennebec County of the U.S. state of Maine, United States, on the west bank of the Kennebec River. Home to Colby College and Thomas College, the population was 15,722 at the 2010 census. Waterville is also the latter of the cities which make up the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Bangor

Bangor, Me

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,491
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 32.6%
Households with kids: 23.9%
Bangor (/bær/ BANG-gor) is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746. Bangor is known as the ‘Queen City’ of Maine.

4. Bath

Bath, Me

Population: 8,334
Median Age: 39.1
Married households: 38.2%
Households with kids: 27.0%
Bath is a city in Sagadahoc County, Maine, in the United States. The population was 8,514 at the 2010 census, and 8,357 as of 2013, the population has had a change of -10.2% since 2000. It is the county seat of Sagadahoc County, which includes one city and 10 towns. The city is popular with tourists, many drawn by its 19th-century architecture. It is home to the Bath Iron Works and Heritage Days Festival, held annually on the Fourth of July weekend. It is commonly known as ‘The City of Ships.’ Bath is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Greater Portland.

5. Lewiston

Lewiston, Me

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,277
Median Age: 39.6
Married households: 36.9%
Households with kids: 25.5%
Lewiston (English pronunciation: /lustn/, French pronunciation: /lust/; officially the City of Lewiston, Maine) is the second largest city in Maine and the most central city in Androscoggin County. The city borders the coastal sideways of the Gulf of Maine and is south of Augusta, the state’s capital and north of Portland, the cultural hub of Maine. It is one-half of the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Statistical Area, commonly referred to as ‘L.A.’ or ‘L-A.’ Lewiston exerts a significant impact upon the diversity, religious variety, commerce, education, and economic power of Maine. It is known for a relatively low cost of living, substantial access to medical care, and an extremely low violent crime rate. While the dominant language spoken in the city is English, it is home to the largest French-speaking population in the United States (by populate) while it is second to St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, in percentage of speakers.

6. Westbrook

Westbrook, Me

Population: 17,969
Median Age: 40.9
Married households: 41.5%
Households with kids: 27.4%
Westbrook is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States and a suburb of Portland. The population was 17,494 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland?South Portland?Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area.

7. Biddeford

Biddeford, Me

Population: 21,341
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 39.5%
Households with kids: 27.6%
Biddeford is a city in York County, Maine, United States. It is the principal commercial center of York County. The population was 21,277 at the 2010 census. Twin city of Saco, Biddeford includes the resort community of Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks and Granite Point. The town is the site of the University of New England and the annual La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival. First visited by Europeans in 1616, it is the site of one of the earliest European settlements in the United States.

8. Augusta

Augusta, Me

Population: 18,691
Median Age: 43.7
Married households: 36.5%
Households with kids: 23.1%
Augusta is the capital of the U.S. state of Maine and the county seat of Kennebec County.

9. Rockland

Rockland, Me

Population: 7,220
Median Age: 48.0
Married households: 33.5%
Households with kids: 16.3%
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,297. It is the county seat of Knox County. The city is a popular tourist destination. It is a departure point for the Maine State Ferry Service to the islands of Penobscot Bay: Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus.

10. Auburn

Auburn, Me

Population: 22,943
Median Age: 39.3
Married households: 41.5%
Households with kids: 28.6%
Auburn is a city in and the county seat of Androscoggin County, Maine, United States. The population was 23,055 at the 2010 census. Auburn and Lewiston (directly across the Androscoggin River from each other) are known locally as the Twin Cities or Lewiston?Auburn (L?A).

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Maine

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Maine ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Maine according to the data:

  1. Belfast
  2. Ellsworth
  3. Gardiner

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Maine

City Rank Population Median Age
Portland 1 66,649 35.8
Waterville 2 16,134 38.8
Bangor 3 32,491 35.7
Bath 4 8,334 39.1
Lewiston 5 36,277 39.6
Westbrook 6 17,969 40.9
Biddeford 7 21,341 33.8
Augusta 8 18,691 43.7
Rockland 9 7,220 48.0
Auburn 10 22,943 39.3
Saco 11 19,008 42.6
South Portland 12 25,397 41.2
Brewer 13 9,284 41.2
Caribou 14 7,902 44.7
Hallowell 15 2,427 48.1
Presque Isle 16 9,298 40.9
Calais 17 3,018 48.0
Gardiner 18 5,670 40.6
Ellsworth 19 7,879 44.2
Belfast 20 6,641 44.7

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