These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Maine For 2017

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 28 places in Maine with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Yarmouth
  2. Winslow
  3. Kennebunk
  4. Topsham
  5. Orono
  6. Caribou
  7. Brewer
  8. Bath
  9. Old Town
  10. Rockland

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

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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 (Sept 2015). 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 811 crimes committed in Yarmouth which had a reported population of 5,628. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.144 which translates into a 1 in 7 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 28 places in Maine to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 28 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 Yarmouth. The most dangerous? Skowhegan, where residents had a 1 in 1 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. Yarmouth

Population: 5,628
Property Crime Rank: 594
Violent Crime Rank: 217

2. Winslow

Population: 7,661
Property Crime Rank: 476
Violent Crime Rank: 714

3. Kennebunk

Population: 5,621
Property Crime Rank: 795
Violent Crime Rank: 518

4. Topsham

Population: 6,483
Property Crime Rank: 1,231
Violent Crime Rank: 176

5. Orono

Population: 9,522
Property Crime Rank: 1,149
Violent Crime Rank: 456

6. Caribou

Caribou - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,960
Property Crime Rank: 1,277
Violent Crime Rank: 335

7. Brewer

Brewer - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,341
Property Crime Rank: 1,685
Violent Crime Rank: 277

8. Bath

Bath - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,349
Property Crime Rank: 1,724
Violent Crime Rank: 314

9. Old Town

Old Town - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,726
Property Crime Rank: 1,579
Violent Crime Rank: 590

10. Rockland

Rockland - Safest Places In Maine
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,233
Property Crime Rank: 2,185
Violent Crime Rank: 68

There You Have It - The Safest In Maine

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Yarmouth 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: Augusta
2nd Most Dangerous: Biddeford
Most Dangerous: Skowhegan

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Maine

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Yarmouth15,628594217
Winslow27,661476714
Kennebunk35,621795518
Topsham46,4831,231176
Orono59,5221,149456
Caribou67,9601,277335
Brewer79,3411,685277
Bath88,3491,724314
Old Town97,7261,579590
Rockland107,2332,18568
South Portland1125,3041,849755
Brunswick1215,4531,6721,098
Saco1318,8741,5891,269
Lewiston1436,3561,4641,612
Gorham156,4452,230896
Gardiner165,6972,575672
Auburn1722,9162,531823
Westbrook1817,7541,7872,321
Presque Isle199,3782,1221,802
Belfast206,6682,6021,000
Old Orchard Beach218,6972,4441,694
Ellsworth227,8322,9821,426
Portland2366,4902,4282,406
Bangor2432,6952,9961,472
Waterville2515,9893,2702,148
Augusta2618,7723,4532,818
Biddeford2721,2893,3592,995
Skowhegan286,2603,6942,480

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