These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Maine For 2018


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 2018:

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

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.

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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 – 72 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 72, 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.

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1. Falmouth Foreside


Population: 1,637
Median Income: $92,222 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $545,800 (1st Best)
More on Falmouth Foreside: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Cumberland Center


Population: 2,475
Median Income: $127,396 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $291,100 (10th Best)
More on Cumberland Center: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Falmouth


Population: 2,018
Median Income: $81,473 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $373,100 (4th Best)
More on Falmouth: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Kittery Point


Population: 1,078
Median Income: $89,353 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $325,600 (7th Best)
More on Kittery Point: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Berwick

Berwick, ME

Population: 2,329
Median Income: $74,826 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $189,900 (20th Best)
More on Berwick: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. Hampden


Population: 3,727
Median Income: $84,293 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $181,900 (24th Best)
More on Hampden: Data| Homes For Sale

7. York Harbor


Population: 2,885
Median Income: $58,214 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $373,600 (3rd Best)
More on York Harbor: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor, ME

Population: 1,000
Median Income: $38,833 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $212,300 (14th Best)
More on Boothbay Harbor: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

9. Freeport


Population: 1,527
Median Income: $51,860 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $207,000 (16th Best)
More on Freeport: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Kittery


Population: 4,704
Median Income: $60,646 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $275,600 (12th Best)
More on Kittery: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Kennebunkport


Population: 1,089
Median Income: $82,596 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $416,900 (2nd Best)
More on Kennebunkport: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Camden


Population: 3,338
Median Income: $50,521 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $328,500 (6th Best)
More on Camden: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Cape Neddick


Population: 2,577
Median Income: $84,153 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $361,500 (5th Best)
More on Cape Neddick: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Winthrop


Population: 2,654
Median Income: $47,404 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $183,300 (23rd Best)
More on Winthrop: Data| Homes For Sale

15. South Eliot


Population: 3,663
Median Income: $64,167 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $288,200 (11th Best)
More on South Eliot: Data| Homes For Sale

16. West Kennebunk


Population: 1,011
Median Income: $91,563 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $305,900 (9th Best)
More on West Kennebunk: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Chisholm


Population: 1,362
Median Income: $55,750 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $133,300 (35th Best)
More on Chisholm: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Madawaska


Population: 2,555
Median Income: $37,454 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $91,300 (57th Best)
More on Madawaska: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Thomaston


Population: 1,910
Median Income: $49,583 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $192,100 (18th Best)
More on Thomaston: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Hallowell

Hallowell, ME

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,427
Median Income: $54,219 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $198,900 (17th Best)
More on Hallowell: PhotosData| 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. Norway
  3. Bucksport

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Maine

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Falmouth Foreside 1,637 $92,222 $545,800
2 Cumberland Center 2,475 $127,396 $291,100
3 Falmouth 2,018 $81,473 $373,100
4 Kittery Point 1,078 $89,353 $325,600
5 Berwick 2,329 $74,826 $189,900
6 Hampden 3,727 $84,293 $181,900
7 York Harbor 2,885 $58,214 $373,600
8 Boothbay Harbor 1,000 $38,833 $212,300
9 Freeport 1,527 $51,860 $207,000
10 Kittery 4,704 $60,646 $275,600
11 Kennebunkport 1,089 $82,596 $416,900
12 Camden 3,338 $50,521 $328,500
13 Cape Neddick 2,577 $84,153 $361,500
14 Winthrop 2,654 $47,404 $183,300
15 South Eliot 3,663 $64,167 $288,200
16 West Kennebunk 1,011 $91,563 $305,900
17 Chisholm 1,362 $55,750 $133,300
18 Madawaska 2,555 $37,454 $91,300
19 Thomaston 1,910 $49,583 $192,100
20 Hallowell 2,427 $54,219 $198,900
21 Lisbon Falls 4,100 $55,758 $138,500
22 Bar Harbor 2,329 $41,840 $313,000
23 Winterport 1,211 $58,226 $174,000
24 Damariscotta 1,056 $43,657 $269,300
25 Milford 2,166 $49,306 $115,100
26 South Windham 1,117 $43,869 $189,000
27 Fryeburg 1,615 $44,310 $146,100
28 Oakland 2,397 $39,423 $140,000
29 Houlton 4,725 $35,327 $94,800
30 Steep Falls 1,333 $83,800 $190,200
31 Bridgton 2,330 $34,966 $157,700
32 Randolph 1,814 $45,670 $117,200
33 Farmington 4,151 $26,279 $160,300
34 Gray 1,317 $43,750 $211,900
35 North Berwick 1,764 $53,750 $184,100
36 Fort Fairfield 1,777 $23,004 $80,900
37 Mechanic Falls 1,673 $45,426 $119,200
38 Oxford 1,565 $44,719 $105,700
39 Fort Kent 2,288 $36,555 $120,100
40 Eastport 1,390 $33,836 $124,300
41 Richmond 1,653 $43,000 $142,700
42 Lake Arrowhead 2,482 $72,648 $160,700
43 Wiscasset 1,211 $33,138 $165,800
44 Waldoboro 1,124 $16,410 $138,300
45 Fairfield 3,218 $40,704 $118,300
46 Norridgewock 1,158 $46,111 $98,300
47 Dixfield 1,051 $29,000 $108,500
48 Machias 1,136 $28,816 $90,000
49 Limestone 1,413 $38,807 $68,300
50 Pittsfield 3,004 $44,891 $106,500
51 Farmingdale 1,953 $30,781 $131,200
52 Calais 3,018 $32,885 $88,400
53 Wilton 2,090 $38,857 $95,100
54 Madison 2,336 $36,107 $99,600
55 Clinton 1,078 $49,333 $90,900
56 Washburn 1,050 $40,833 $86,700
57 Dover-Foxcroft 2,491 $35,545 $104,900
58 Lincoln 2,776 $36,416 $88,100
59 Millinocket 4,382 $31,250 $64,500
60 Mexico 1,589 $33,750 $67,900
61 East Millinocket 1,722 $37,125 $56,400
62 South Paris 2,462 $27,727 $121,000
63 Howland 1,085 $33,750 $88,000
64 Livermore Falls 1,445 $31,953 $73,100
65 Newport 1,478 $29,787 $125,000
66 Van Buren 1,666 $24,028 $53,300
67 Rumford 4,111 $24,209 $74,000
68 Dexter 1,966 $31,643 $96,600
69 Greenville 1,364 $35,606 $127,200
70 Bucksport 2,564 $23,865 $108,700
71 Norway 2,551 $30,875 $97,400
72 Milo 2,174 $28,015 $69,600

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