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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:
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)
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.
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:Photos | Real 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.
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
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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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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