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.

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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 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:

  1. Cumberland
  2. Eliot
  3. Kennebunk
  4. Yarmouth
  5. Falmouth
  6. Hampden
  7. Cape Elizabeth
  8. Orono
  9. Kittery
  10. Gorham

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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
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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.

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1. Cumberland

Cumberland - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,441
Property Crime Rank: 3
Violent Crime Rank: 15

2. Eliot

Eliot - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,257
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 22

3. Kennebunk

Kennebunk - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,095
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 40

4. Yarmouth

Yarmouth - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,517
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 25

5. Falmouth

Falmouth - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,585
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 16

6. Hampden

Hampden - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,303
Property Crime Rank: 29
Violent Crime Rank: 30

7. Cape Elizabeth

Cape Elizabeth - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,151
Property Crime Rank: 22
Violent Crime Rank: 44

8. Orono

Orono - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,757
Property Crime Rank: 34
Violent Crime Rank: 26

9. Kittery

Kittery - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,599
Property Crime Rank: 51
Violent Crime Rank: 8

10. Gorham

Gorham - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,958
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent 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

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Cumberland17,441315
Eliot26,257222
Kennebunk311,095740
Yarmouth48,5171725
Falmouth511,5852816
Hampden67,3032930
Cape Elizabeth79,1512244
Orono810,7573426
Kittery99,599518
Gorham1016,9583242
Lisbon118,8811670
South Berwick127,3051975
Topsham138,6905024
Sabattus145,0272472
Wells159,9303847
York1612,7365529
Bar Harbor175,3346117
Berwick187,5024263
Oakland196,2102693
Caribou207,8996038
Buxton218,0964769
Winthrop225,9925358
Lincoln235,0687518
Old Town247,6925261
Scarborough2519,4546553
Freeport268,1696848
Winslow277,6435681
Brunswick2820,3546764
Bath298,3258337
Bridgton305,3379727
Windham3117,5568066
Farmington327,5957182
Rockland337,1909146
Old Orchard Beach348,7058171
Paris355,1168467
Brewer369,3358959
Saco3718,9747095
Houlton385,9747888
Presque Isle399,3377991
Gardiner405,6698876
Ellsworth417,91110552
Belfast426,6599086
Fairfield436,6239284
Lewiston4436,40285101
South Portland4525,3279387
Auburn4622,97310074
Westbrook4717,8099597
Portland4866,38094103
Sanford4920,84899109
Bangor5032,58610989
Rumford515,705104100
Biddeford5221,304103112
Waterville5316,022106108
Skowhegan548,518110104
Augusta5518,717112110

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