These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Maine


We analyzed over 19 places in Maine to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Maine.

But where exactly in Maine? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Maine that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Brewer don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Pine Tree State to retire:

  1. Brewer (Photos)
  2. Lewiston (Photos)
  3. Bath (Photos)
  4. South Portland (Photos)
  5. Westbrook (Photos)
  6. Bangor (Photos)
  7. Saco (Photos)
  8. Caribou (Photos)
  9. Waterville (Photos)
  10. Portland (Photos)

Why did Brewer take the top spot? And where are Portland and Lewiston?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Maine.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Pine Tree State

To create our list of the best places in Maine to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Pine Tree State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 19 places from across the state.

For these 19, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 19, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Brewer, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,284
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,746
Brewer ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 7th place safety rank.

2. Lewiston

Lewiston, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,277
Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,695
Lewiston ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 6th place rank for cost of living and it’s 6th place safety rank.

3. Bath

Bath, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,334
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,387
Bath ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 11th place rank for cost of living and it’s 4th place safety rank.

4. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,397
Cost Of Living: 124
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,291
South Portland ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 19th place rank for cost of living and it’s 11th place safety rank.

5. Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,969
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,433
Westbrook ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 16th place rank for cost of living and it’s 12th place safety rank.

6. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,491
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,333
Bangor ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 11th place rank for cost of living and it’s 18th place safety rank.

7. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,008
Cost Of Living: 115
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,188
Saco ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 17th place rank for cost of living and it’s 3rd place safety rank.

8. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,902
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 49 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,797
Caribou ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 1st place safety rank.

9. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,134
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 44 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,605
Waterville ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 4th place rank for cost of living and it’s 16th place safety rank.

10. Portland

Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,649
Cost Of Living: 118
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,438
Portland ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 18th place rank for cost of living and it’s 13th place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Maine goes to Brewer.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Augusta
  • Ellsworth
  • Belfast

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Maine

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Brewer 1 9,284 101 4 2,746
Lewiston 2 36,277 99 31 2,695
Bath 3 8,334 103 30 2,387
South Portland 4 25,397 124 1 3,291
Westbrook 5 17,969 111 4 3,433
Bangor 6 32,491 103 2 5,333
Saco 7 19,008 115 9 2,188
Caribou 8 7,902 89 49 1,797
Waterville 9 16,134 94 44 4,605
Portland 10 66,649 118 6 3,438
Presque Isle 11 9,298 92 40 2,430
Caribou 12 7,902 89 84 1,797
Gardiner 13 5,670 100 45 2,751
Rockland 14 7,220 101 49 2,770
Biddeford 15 21,341 107 14 4,615
Auburn 16 22,943 103 30 3,983
Belfast 17 6,641 110 28 2,861
Ellsworth 18 7,879 104 23 4,366
Augusta 19 18,691 97 55 6,259

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