These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Maine For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Maine have the most for people looking to make the move to Maine.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Maine a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Maine.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Pine Tree State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Maine, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 16 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Pine Tree State for 2018:

  1. Sagadahoc County (Photos)
  2. Cumberland County (Photos)
  3. York County (Photos)
  4. Lincoln County
  5. Knox County (Photos)
  6. Franklin County
  7. Hancock County (Photos)
  8. Waldo County (Photos)
  9. Kennebec County (Photos)
  10. Androscoggin County (Photos)

Sagadahoc County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Maine. And you might want to avoid Somerset County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Maine, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Maine and the best places to raise a family in Maine.

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How do you determine which Maine county is the best?

To give you the best county in Maine, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Maine across each of the criteria from one to 16, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Maine’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Pine Tree State.

Read on to see why Sagadahoc County is the best county, while Somerset County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Maine.

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1. Sagadahoc County

Bath, ME

Biggest Place: Bath
Population: 35,134
Median Income: $55,766 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $194,600 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (3rd best)
More on Sagadahoc County: PhotosData

2. Cumberland County

Bridgton, ME

Source: Wikipedia User |

Biggest Place: Portland
Population: 288,204
Median Income: $61,902 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $251,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (2nd best)
More on Cumberland County: PhotosData

3. York County

Berwick, ME

Biggest Place: Biddeford
Population: 200,536
Median Income: $59,132 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $229,600 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (3rd best)
More on York County: PhotosData

4. Lincoln County

Boothbay Harbor, ME

Biggest Place: Wiscasset
Population: 34,165
Median Income: $53,515 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $209,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (1st best)
More on Lincoln County: Data

5. Knox County

Rockland, ME

Biggest Place: Rockland
Population: 39,717
Median Income: $52,239 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $198,100 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (5th best)
More on Knox County: PhotosData

6. Franklin County

Biggest Place: Farmington
Population: 30,270
Median Income: $43,007 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $132,400 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (9th best)
More on Franklin County: Data

7. Hancock County

Bar Harbor, ME

Biggest Place: Ellsworth
Population: 54,483
Median Income: $50,037 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $199,800 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (8th best)
More on Hancock County: PhotosData

8. Waldo County

Belfast, ME

Biggest Place: Belfast
Population: 39,071
Median Income: $45,480 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $158,400 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (11th best)
More on Waldo County: PhotosData

9. Kennebec County

Augusta, ME

Biggest Place: Augusta
Population: 120,953
Median Income: $48,570 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $151,100 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (10th best)
More on Kennebec County: PhotosData

10. Androscoggin County

Auburn, ME

Biggest Place: Lewiston
Population: 107,376
Median Income: $48,728 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $152,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (6th best)
More on Androscoggin County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Maine To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Maine can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Maine according to the data:

  1. Somerset County
  2. Piscataquis County
  3. Oxford County

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Maine

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Sagadahoc County 1 35,134 $55,766 $194,600
Cumberland County 2 288,204 $61,902 $251,300
York County 3 200,536 $59,132 $229,600
Lincoln County 4 34,165 $53,515 $209,700
Knox County 5 39,717 $52,239 $198,100
Franklin County 6 30,270 $43,007 $132,400
Hancock County 7 54,483 $50,037 $199,800
Waldo County 8 39,071 $45,480 $158,400
Kennebec County 9 120,953 $48,570 $151,100
Androscoggin County 10 107,376 $48,728 $152,100
Aroostook County 11 69,405 $38,087 $95,800
Penobscot County 12 152,978 $45,302 $137,000
Washington County 13 31,925 $39,469 $107,400
Oxford County 14 57,299 $42,197 $132,900
Piscataquis County 15 17,044 $36,938 $106,800
Somerset County 16 51,363 $40,484 $107,100

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