These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Maine For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Maine are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Maine, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Pine Tree State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Maine based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Maine ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Maine for 2019:

  1. Falmouth Foreside (Homes)
  2. Cumberland Center (Homes)
  3. Scarborough (Photos | Homes)
  4. Falmouth (Photos | Homes)
  5. Hampden (Photos | Homes)
  6. Berwick (Photos | Homes)
  7. York Harbor (Homes)
  8. Kittery Point (Homes)
  9. Kennebunkport (Homes)
  10. Kittery (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Falmouth Foreside, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Pine Tree State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Maine

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 69 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 69, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Maine. Top of that list — Falmouth Foreside.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Maine.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,542
Median Income: $96,250 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $579,300 (1st Best)
More on Falmouth Foreside: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,492
Median Income: $109,048 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $304,500 (8th Best)
More on Cumberland Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Scarborough, ME

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,876
Median Income: $69,761 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $290,000 (10th Best)
More on Scarborough: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Falmouth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,994
Median Income: $65,938 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $394,400 (3rd Best)
More on Falmouth: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Hampden, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,191
Median Income: $90,406 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $189,800 (22nd Best)
More on Hampden: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Berwick, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,190
Median Income: $77,500 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $195,600 (18th Best)
More on Berwick: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,877
Median Income: $56,034 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $388,200 (4th Best)
More on York Harbor: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,030
Median Income: $88,796 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $329,500 (6th Best)
More on Kittery Point: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,178
Median Income: $78,917 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $419,400 (2nd Best)
More on Kennebunkport: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,733
Median Income: $66,211 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $281,000 (13th Best)
More on Kittery: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,470
Median Income: $49,002 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $295,500 (9th Best)
More on Camden: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,367
Median Income: $88,667 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $386,100 (5th Best)
More on Cape Neddick: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,249
Median Income: $54,423 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $187,100 (23rd Best)
More on Freeport: Data | Homes For Sale

Bar Harbor, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,354
Median Income: $47,014 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $311,400 (7th Best)
More on Bar Harbor: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,168
Median Income: $56,500 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $111,300 (45th Best)
More on Oxford: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,547
Median Income: $59,810 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $287,500 (11th Best)
More on South Eliot: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,816
Median Income: $37,753 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $92,000 (56th Best)
More on Madawaska: Data | Homes For Sale

Hallowell, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,453
Median Income: $54,464 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $197,900 (16th Best)
More on Hallowell: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,720
Median Income: $56,500 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $179,200 (24th Best)
More on Winthrop: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,639
Median Income: $42,768 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $162,700 (27th Best)
More on Fryeburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Maine are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Maine:

  1. Milo
  2. Greenville
  3. Norway

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Maine

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Falmouth Foreside 1,542 $96,250.0 $579,300.0
2 Cumberland Center 2,492 $109,048.0 $304,500.0
3 Scarborough 4,876 $69,761.0 $290,000.0
4 Falmouth 1,994 $65,938.0 $394,400.0
5 Hampden 4,191 $90,406.0 $189,800.0
6 Berwick 2,190 $77,500.0 $195,600.0
7 York Harbor 2,877 $56,034.0 $388,200.0
8 Kittery Point 1,030 $88,796.0 $329,500.0
9 Kennebunkport 1,178 $78,917.0 $419,400.0
10 Kittery 4,733 $66,211.0 $281,000.0
11 Camden 3,470 $49,002.0 $295,500.0
12 Cape Neddick 2,367 $88,667.0 $386,100.0
13 Freeport 1,249 $54,423.0 $187,100.0
14 Bar Harbor 2,354 $47,014.0 $311,400.0
15 Oxford 1,168 $56,500.0 $111,300.0
16 South Eliot 3,547 $59,810.0 $287,500.0
17 Madawaska 2,816 $37,753.0 $92,000.0
18 Hallowell 2,453 $54,464.0 $197,900.0
19 Winthrop 2,720 $56,500.0 $179,200.0
20 Fryeburg 1,639 $42,768.0 $162,700.0
21 Lisbon Falls 4,093 $56,083.0 $140,700.0
22 Farmington 4,144 $33,281.0 $162,200.0
23 Winterport 1,221 $65,156.0 $179,100.0
24 Milford 2,191 $54,545.0 $112,800.0
25 Thomaston 1,994 $36,333.0 $193,200.0
26 Steep Falls 1,786 $80,100.0 $196,900.0
27 South Windham 1,176 $51,250.0 $194,300.0
28 Oakland 2,611 $46,929.0 $158,400.0
29 Searsport 1,117 $41,635.0 $167,300.0
30 Mechanic Falls 1,903 $50,882.0 $99,800.0
31 Houlton 4,746 $34,682.0 $91,400.0
32 Chisholm 1,468 $56,181.0 $132,000.0
33 Damariscotta 1,222 $56,250.0 $271,100.0
34 Bridgton 2,245 $36,793.0 $157,200.0
35 Fort Fairfield 1,769 $22,578.0 $84,600.0
36 Randolph 2,011 $46,893.0 $118,500.0
37 Fort Kent 2,248 $40,401.0 $114,300.0
38 North Berwick 1,564 $54,762.0 $192,600.0
39 Richmond 1,544 $42,632.0 $152,000.0
40 Lake Arrowhead 2,558 $73,597.0 $160,400.0
41 Mexico 1,614 $38,311.0 $76,500.0
42 Blue Hill 1,070 $40,729.0 $283,600.0
43 Norridgewock 1,195 $44,311.0 $96,500.0
44 Wiscasset 1,092 $24,066.0 $215,000.0
45 Waldoboro 1,091 $17,278.0 $160,900.0
46 Farmingdale 1,974 $34,778.0 $141,500.0
47 Wilton 1,989 $36,769.0 $95,100.0
48 Limestone 1,397 $39,583.0 $70,400.0
49 Dixfield 1,001 $30,278.0 $110,700.0
50 Pittsfield 2,841 $41,282.0 $113,200.0
51 Machias 1,097 $20,156.0 $110,400.0
52 Eastport 1,399 $29,375.0 $110,800.0
53 Calais 3,018 $34,845.0 $91,600.0
54 Fairfield 3,221 $36,700.0 $108,500.0
55 East Millinocket 1,670 $37,685.0 $56,000.0
56 Lincoln 2,583 $37,188.0 $87,400.0
57 South Paris 2,615 $36,516.0 $128,200.0
58 Bucksport 2,682 $25,786.0 $123,900.0
59 Washburn 1,096 $34,567.0 $93,800.0
60 Millinocket 4,346 $32,333.0 $63,800.0
61 Dexter 2,167 $35,495.0 $95,200.0
62 Rumford 3,979 $25,744.0 $73,200.0
63 Livermore Falls 1,464 $31,779.0 $73,900.0
64 Madison 2,691 $32,083.0 $79,500.0
65 Van Buren 1,660 $24,957.0 $55,700.0
66 Newport 1,619 $28,694.0 $154,200.0
67 Norway 2,673 $34,850.0 $99,800.0
68 Greenville 1,224 $35,294.0 $135,300.0
69 Milo 2,121 $27,614.0 $67,000.0

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