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 Lewiston don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Pine Tree State to retire:

  1. Lewiston
  2. Bath
  3. South Portland
  4. Brewer
  5. Presque Isle
  6. Caribou
  7. Waterville
  8. Bangor
  9. Caribou
  10. Biddeford

Why did Lewiston take the top spot? And where are Portland and Lewiston? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 Lewiston, 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. Lewiston

Lewiston, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,410
Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,686
Lewiston ranked 1 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.

2. Bath

Bath, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,396
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,370
Bath ranked 2 overall thanks to its 11 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.

3. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,154
Cost Of Living: 124
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,323
South Portland ranked 3 overall thanks to its 19 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.

4. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,391
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,715
Brewer ranked 4 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 7 place safety rank.

5. Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,494
Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,380
Presque Isle ranked 5 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.

6. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,025
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 49 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,769
Caribou ranked 6 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.

7. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,886
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 44 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,677
Waterville ranked 7 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 17 place safety rank.

8. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,800
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,283
Bangor ranked 8 overall thanks to its 11 place rank for cost of living and 18 place safety rank.

9. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,025
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 84 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,769
Caribou ranked 9 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.

10. Biddeford

Biddeford, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,303
Cost Of Living: 107
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,623
Biddeford ranked 10 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 16 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 Lewiston.

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

  • Augusta
  • Ellsworth
  • Saco

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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
Lewiston 1 36,410 99 31 2,686
Bath 2 8,396 103 30 2,370
South Portland 3 25,154 124 1 3,323
Brewer 4 9,391 101 4 2,715
Presque Isle 5 9,494 92 40 2,380
Caribou 6 8,025 89 49 1,769
Waterville 7 15,886 94 44 4,677
Bangor 8 32,800 103 2 5,283
Caribou 9 8,025 89 84 1,769
Biddeford 10 21,303 107 14 4,623
Gardiner 11 5,737 100 45 2,719
Rockland 12 7,241 101 49 2,762
Auburn 13 22,960 103 30 3,980
Westbrook 14 17,662 111 4 3,493
Belfast 15 6,664 110 28 2,851
Portland 16 66,317 118 6 3,456
Saco 17 18,757 115 9 2,217
Ellsworth 18 7,804 104 23 4,407
Augusta 19 18,898 97 55 6,191

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