These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Maine
We used data and science to determine the places in Maine where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Maine is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Pine Tree State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 55 places in Maine with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Maine
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 18 crimes committed in Cumberland which had a reported population of 7,441. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00242 which translates into a 1 in 413 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 2014. This left us with a total of 55 places in Maine to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 55 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Cumberland. The most dangerous? Augusta, where residents had a 1 in 84 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.
Population: 7,441Property Crime Rank: 3Violent Crime Rank: 15
Population: 6,257Property Crime Rank: 2Violent Crime Rank: 22
Population: 11,095Property Crime Rank: 7Violent Crime Rank: 40
Population: 8,517Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 25
Population: 11,585Property Crime Rank: 28Violent Crime Rank: 16
Population: 7,303Property Crime Rank: 29Violent Crime Rank: 30
7. Cape Elizabeth
Population: 9,151Property Crime Rank: 22Violent Crime Rank: 44
Population: 10,757Property Crime Rank: 34Violent Crime Rank: 26
Population: 9,599Property Crime Rank: 51Violent Crime Rank: 8
Population: 16,958Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 42
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Cumberland is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Maine residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Maine:3rd Most Dangerous: Waterville 2nd Most Dangerous: Skowhegan Most Dangerous: Augusta
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Maine
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