These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Maine


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Portland and Lewiston, while others want peace and quiet like in Gardiner and Belfast, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Maine have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Pine Tree State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Ellsworth
  2. Westbrook
  3. Saco
  4. South Portland
  5. Waterville
  6. Portland
  7. Bangor
  8. Belfast
  9. Brewer
  10. Lewiston

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Maine are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Pine Tree State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 19 Maine cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Pine Tree State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,804
Population 2010: 7,555
Growth Rate: 3.3%
Absolute Growth: 249

2. Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,662
Population 2010: 17,314
Growth Rate: 2.01%
Absolute Growth: 348

3. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,757
Population 2010: 18,398
Growth Rate: 1.95%
Absolute Growth: 359

4. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,154
Population 2010: 24,804
Growth Rate: 1.41%
Absolute Growth: 350

5. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,886
Population 2010: 15,777
Growth Rate: 0.69%
Absolute Growth: 109

6. Portland

Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,317
Population 2010: 66,138
Growth Rate: 0.27%
Absolute Growth: 179

7. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,800
Population 2010: 32,899
Growth Rate: -0.3%
Absolute Growth: -99

8. Belfast

Belfast, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,664
Population 2010: 6,691
Growth Rate: -0.4%
Absolute Growth: -27

9. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,391
Population 2010: 9,433
Growth Rate: -0.45%
Absolute Growth: -42

10. Lewiston

Lewiston, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,410
Population 2010: 36,684
Growth Rate: -0.75%
Absolute Growth: -274

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Maine are led by Ellsworth which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Maine

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Ellsworth 1 7,804 7,555 249 3.3%
Westbrook 2 17,662 17,314 348 2.0%
Saco 3 18,757 18,398 359 2.0%
South Portland 4 25,154 24,804 350 1.4%
Waterville 5 15,886 15,777 109 0.7%
Portland 6 66,317 66,138 179 0.3%
Bangor 7 32,800 32,899 -99 -0.3%
Belfast 8 6,664 6,691 -27 -0.4%
Brewer 9 9,391 9,433 -42 -0.4%
Lewiston 10 36,410 36,684 -274 -0.7%
Biddeford 11 21,303 21,490 -187 -0.9%
Augusta 12 18,898 19,150 -252 -1.3%
Auburn 13 22,960 23,279 -319 -1.4%
Old Town 14 7,756 7,886 -130 -1.6%
Presque Isle 15 9,494 9,673 -179 -1.9%
Caribou 16 8,025 8,235 -210 -2.6%
Rockland 17 7,241 7,431 -190 -2.6%
Gardiner 18 5,737 5,898 -161 -2.7%
Bath 19 8,396 8,759 -363 -4.1%

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