These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Maine For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Maine where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Maine, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Cumberland.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Pine Tree State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 55 cities in Maine with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Maine for 2019:

  1. Cumberland (Homes)
  2. Cape Elizabeth (Homes)
  3. South Berwick (Homes)
  4. Hampden (Photos | Homes)
  5. Kennebunk (Photos | Homes)
  6. Wells (Homes)
  7. Gorham (Homes)
  8. Falmouth (Homes)
  9. Yarmouth (Photos | Homes)
  10. Orono (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Maine, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Maine

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018) in Maine.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 24 crimes committed in Cumberland which had a reported population of 7,956. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.003 which translates into a 1 in 331 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 55 of the biggest cities in Maine to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 55 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Maine".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Cumberland. The most dangerous city in Maine? Biddeford, where residents had a 1 in 26 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Cumberland

Cumberland, ME
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Population: 7,956
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 301 (2nd safest)
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2. Cape Elizabeth

Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Population: 9,383
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 436 (5th safest)
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3. South Berwick

South Berwick, ME
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Population: 7,469
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 40 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 401 (3rd safest)
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Hampden, ME
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Population: 7,363
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 733 (11th safest)
More on Hampden: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Kennebunk, ME
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6
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Population: 11,406
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 61 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 403 (4th safest)
More on Kennebunk: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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.

6. Wells

Wells, ME
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Population: 10,287
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 826 (12th safest)
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Gorham, ME
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Population: 17,554
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 626 (6th safest)
More on Gorham: Real Estate | Data

Gorham is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 16,381 at the 2010 census. The 2012 estimate of Gorham's population was 16,667. In addition to its urban village center known as Gorham Village or simply "the Village," the town encompasses a number of smaller, unincorporated villages and hamlets with distinct historical identities, including South Gorham, West Gorham, Little Falls, White Rock, and North Gorham. Gorham is home to one of the three campuses of the University of Southern Maine. In 2013, Gorham was voted second best town in Maine after Hampden by a financial website. Falmouth, ME
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Population: 12,260
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 995 (15th safest)
More on Falmouth: Real Estate | Data

Yarmouth, ME
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6
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Population: 8,594
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 709 (10th safest)
More on Yarmouth: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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. Orono, ME
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Population: 11,400
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 78 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 692 (7th safest)
More on Orono: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Pine Tree State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Cumberland is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Maine residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Maine according to the data:

  1. Biddeford
  2. Augusta
  3. Waterville
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Maine For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Cumberland, ME 7,956 0 301
2 Cape Elizabeth, ME 9,383 10 436
3 South Berwick, ME 7,469 40 401
4 Hampden, ME 7,363 0 733
5 Kennebunk, ME 11,406 61 403
6 Wells, ME 10,287 38 826
7 Gorham, ME 17,554 62 626
8 Falmouth, ME 12,260 32 995
9 Yarmouth, ME 8,594 69 709
10 Orono, ME 11,400 78 692
11 Berwick, ME 7,627 78 708
12 Topsham, ME 8,790 22 1,478
13 Eliot, ME 6,481 108 262
14 Sabattus, ME 5,038 99 694
15 York, ME 13,018 69 1,098
16 Belfast, ME 6,644 45 1,459
17 Gardiner, ME 5,592 35 1,520
18 Scarborough, ME 20,215 39 1,503
19 Windham, ME 18,175 55 1,485
20 Winthrop, ME 5,950 84 1,075
21 Caribou, ME 7,666 91 1,369
22 Old Town, ME 7,466 120 950
23 Waldoboro, ME 5,023 119 1,035
24 Bar Harbor, ME 5,422 92 1,457
25 Lisbon, ME 8,820 102 1,337
26 Winslow, ME 7,534 132 1,221
27 Bridgton, ME 5,414 73 1,939
28 Buxton, ME 8,222 194 851
29 Oakland, ME 6,145 146 1,122
30 Paris, ME 5,119 117 1,543
31 Fairfield, ME 6,560 76 2,317
32 Freeport, ME 8,520 105 1,760
33 Brunswick, ME 20,711 140 1,516
34 Kittery, ME 9,669 134 1,623
35 Ellsworth, ME 7,940 62 3,413
36 Saco, ME 19,332 139 1,727
37 Brewer, ME 9,048 88 2,895
38 Rockland, ME 7,161 111 2,304
39 Farmington, ME 7,548 172 1,735
40 Bath, ME 8,272 145 2,296
41 Westbrook, ME 18,560 183 2,128
42 Old Orchard Beach, ME 8,842 350 1,685
43 South Portland, ME 25,679 218 2,250
44 Lewiston, ME 36,067 271 2,184
45 Rumford, ME 5,692 140 3,654
46 Auburn, ME 22,931 174 3,104
47 Presque Isle, ME 9,016 377 2,129
48 Sanford, ME 20,963 228 2,690
49 Houlton, ME 5,781 622 2,179
50 Bangor, ME 31,814 150 3,800
51 Portland, ME 67,079 277 2,634
52 Skowhegan, ME 8,255 218 3,476
53 Waterville, ME 16,522 193 4,200
54 Augusta, ME 18,394 299 3,028
55 Biddeford, ME 21,378 360 3,391

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