10 Best Places To Retire In Maine For 2019


We analyzed over 28 places in Maine to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Maine.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Maine is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Yarmouth as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Yarmouth don’t mind us spreading the word.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Maine state reading:

Yarmouth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,709
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,001
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Yarmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yarmouth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, located twelve miles north of the state’s largest city, Portland. The town was settled in 1636 and incorporated in 1849. Its population was 8,349 in the 2010 census. As of 2015’s estimation, this is about 0.6% of Maine’s total population.

Caribou, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,902
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 8)
Median Rent: $623
Distance to Closest Airport: 84 miles
More on Caribou: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Caribou is the second largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. Its population was 8,189 at the 2010 census.

Rockland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,220
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 14)
Median Rent: $706
Distance to Closest Airport: 49 miles
More on Rockland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Belfast, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,641
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $764
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Belfast: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Belfast is a city in Waldo County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,668. Located at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay, Belfast is the county seat of Waldo County. The seaport has a wealth of antique architecture in several historic districts, and remains popular with tourists.

Ellsworth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,879
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $721
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Ellsworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States. The 2010 Census determined it had a population of 7,741. Ellsworth was Maine’s fastest growing city from 2000-2010, with a growth rate of nearly 20 percent. With historic buildings and other points of interest, Ellsworth is popular with tourists.

Orono, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,601
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $778
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
More on Orono: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kennebunk, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,579
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $944
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Kennebunk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kennebunk is a town in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 10,798 at the 2010 census. Kennebunk is home to several beaches, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, the 1799 Kennebunk Inn, many historic shipbuilders’ homes, the Brick Store Museum and the Nature Conservancy Blueberry Barrens, with 1,500 acres of nature trails and blueberry fields.

Brunswick, ME

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,564
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $760
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Brunswick: Real Estate | Data

Brunswick is a town in Cumberland County in southern Maine, United States. The population was 20,278 at the 2010 United States Census. Part of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford metropolitan area, Brunswick is home to Bowdoin College, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, The Theater Project, and the Maine State Music Theatre. It is also home to Mid Coast Hospital, one of Maine’s newest full-service hospitals. It was home to Naval Air Station Brunswick which was permanently closed on May 31, 2011.

Topsham, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,436
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $862
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Topsham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Topsham is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States. The population was 8,784 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. The town is home to the annual Topsham Fair.

Presque Isle, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,298
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $646
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
More on Presque Isle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Presque Isle is the commercial center and largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,171 in 2015 as estimated by the US Census, a decrease from the count of 9,692 in the 2010 Census. The city is home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College, Husson University Presque Isle, Northern Maine Fairgrounds, The Aroostook Centre Mall, and the Northern Maine Regional Airport.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Pine Tree State for 2019

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 — 132 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 5,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 28 places from across the state.

For these 28, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 28, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Maine Yet…

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

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

  1. Biddeford
  2. Auburn
  3. Waterville

For more Maine reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Maine?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Yarmouth 5,709 $1,001
2 Caribou 7,902 $623
3 Rockland 7,220 $706
4 Belfast 6,641 $764
5 Ellsworth 7,879 $721
6 Orono 9,601 $778
7 Kennebunk 5,579 $944
8 Brunswick 15,564 $760
9 Topsham 6,436 $862
10 Presque Isle 9,298 $646

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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