Top 15 Safest Cities In Maine For 2018

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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 Cape Elizabeth.

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 2018:

  1. Cape Elizabeth (Homes)
  2. Cumberland (Homes)
  3. Kennebunk (Photos | Homes)
  4. Topsham (Photos | Homes)
  5. Oakland (Photos | Homes)
  6. Eliot (Homes)
  7. Berwick (Photos | Homes)
  8. Yarmouth (Photos | Homes)
  9. Bar Harbor (Photos | Homes)
  10. Wells (Homes)
  11. Winslow (Photos | Homes)
  12. Orono (Photos | Homes)
  13. Lisbon (Homes)
  14. Hampden (Photos | Homes)
  15. South Berwick (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 2017) 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 54 crimes committed in Cape Elizabeth which had a reported population of 9,364. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0058 which translates into a 1 in 173 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 2016. 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 Cape Elizabeth. The most dangerous city in Maine? Augusta, where residents had a 1 in 24 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. Cape Elizabeth

Cape Elizabeth, ME
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 9,364
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 576 (2nd safest)
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2. Cumberland

Cumberland, ME
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,821
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 306 (1st safest)
More on Cumberland: 

Kennebunk, ME
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 11,289
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 788 (6th 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. Topsham, ME
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 8,748
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,154 (15th safest)
More on Topsham: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Topsham is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States. The population was 8,784 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. The town is home to the annual Topsham Fair. Oakland, ME
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 6,119
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 25)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,127 (14th safest)
More on Oakland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

6. Eliot

Eliot, ME
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,362
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 770 (5th safest)
More on Eliot: 

Berwick, ME
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 7,567
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 977 (11th safest)
More on Berwick: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Yarmouth, ME
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 8,584
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 792 (7th 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. Bar Harbor, ME
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,339
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 20)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,105 (13th safest)
More on Bar Harbor: PhotosReal Estate | Data

10. Wells

Wells, ME
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 10,174
Rank Last Year: 11 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,228 (21st safest)
More on Wells: 

Winslow, ME
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 7,506
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,225 (20th safest)
More on Winslow: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Winslow is a town and census-designated place in Kennebec County, Maine, United States, along the Kennebec River. The population was 7,794 at the 2010 census. Orono, ME
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 10,772
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,160 (16th safest)
More on Orono: PhotosReal Estate | Data

13. Lisbon

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,823
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 56 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,099 (12th safest)
More on Lisbon: 

Hampden, ME
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 7,414
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 67 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 903 (9th safest)
More on Hampden: PhotosReal Estate | Data

15. South Berwick

South Berwick, ME
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,454
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120 (34th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 670 (3rd safest)
More on South Berwick: 

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Cape Elizabeth 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. Augusta
  2. Skowhegan
  3. Biddeford
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Maine For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Cape Elizabeth, ME 9,364 0 576
2 Cumberland, ME 7,821 12 306
3 Kennebunk, ME 11,289 35 788
4 Topsham, ME 8,748 11 1,154
5 Oakland, ME 6,119 16 1,127
6 Eliot, ME 6,362 47 770
7 Berwick, ME 7,567 39 977
8 Yarmouth, ME 8,584 58 792
9 Bar Harbor, ME 5,339 37 1,105
10 Wells, ME 10,174 19 1,228
11 Winslow, ME 7,506 26 1,225
12 Orono, ME 10,772 37 1,160
13 Lisbon, ME 8,823 56 1,099
14 Hampden, ME 7,414 67 903
15 South Berwick, ME 7,454 120 670
16 York, ME 12,927 61 1,191
17 Brewer, ME 9,185 10 2,231
18 Buxton, ME 8,171 110 893
19 Gorham, ME 17,346 69 1,170
20 Rockland, ME 7,227 13 2,200
21 Sabattus, ME 5,038 158 674
22 Bridgton, ME 5,405 37 1,998
23 Falmouth, ME 12,154 90 1,184
24 Winthrop, ME 5,888 152 951
25 Farmington, ME 7,401 81 1,337
26 Freeport, ME 8,407 35 2,260
27 Old Town, ME 7,583 79 1,687
28 Scarborough, ME 19,851 60 1,994
29 Lincoln, ME 5,020 59 2,091
30 Windham, ME 17,983 94 1,484
31 Caribou, ME 7,747 103 1,626
32 Gardiner, ME 5,558 53 2,338
33 Kittery, ME 9,686 154 1,435
34 Brunswick, ME 20,544 121 1,693
35 Paris, ME 5,085 117 1,789
36 Belfast, ME 6,685 149 1,780
37 Fairfield, ME 6,505 107 2,136
38 Bath, ME 8,269 84 2,527
39 Ellsworth, ME 7,881 76 3,070
40 Saco, ME 19,197 182 1,797
41 Lewiston, ME 36,126 177 1,987
42 South Portland, ME 25,674 171 2,321
43 Westbrook, ME 18,078 221 2,478
44 Old Orchard Beach, ME 8,807 193 2,543
45 Rumford, ME 5,646 123 4,215
46 Houlton, ME 5,835 428 2,227
47 Auburn, ME 22,836 188 3,196
48 Presque Isle, ME 9,075 363 2,655
49 Portland, ME 67,041 292 2,677
50 Sanford, ME 20,914 277 3,404
51 Waterville, ME 16,370 232 4,050
52 Bangor, ME 32,264 232 4,153
53 Biddeford, ME 21,285 408 3,424
54 Skowhegan, ME 8,454 283 4,376
55 Augusta, ME 18,347 414 3,684

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