These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Maine


We used data and science to determine which places in Maine go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in Maine definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Maine where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Pine Tree State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 34 largest places in Maine, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Houlton
  2. Caribou
  3. Presque Isle
  4. Skowhegan
  5. Waterville
  6. Augusta
  7. Old Town
  8. Winslow
  9. Gardiner
  10. Bangor

So listen up Falmouth as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Pine Tree State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Maine to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 34 places in Maine that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Houlton


Population: 5,029
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 51
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

2. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,169
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 56
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

3. Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,638
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 62
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

4. Skowhegan


Population: 6,438
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 62
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

5. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,780
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 65
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

6. Augusta

Augusta, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,088
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 73
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

7. Old Town

Old Town, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,831
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 77
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

8. Winslow


Population: 7,779
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 79
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

9. Gardiner

Gardiner, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,816
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 80
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

10. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,988
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 113
Housing: 82
Transportation: 129
Utiltiies: 119

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Maine

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Houlton 1 5,029 111 101 113
Caribou 2 8,169 111 101 113
Presque Isle 3 9,638 111 101 113
Skowhegan 4 6,438 111 101 113
Waterville 5 15,780 111 101 113
Augusta 6 19,088 111 101 113
Old Town 7 7,831 111 101 113
Winslow 8 7,779 111 101 113
Gardiner 9 5,816 111 101 113
Bangor 10 32,988 111 101 113
Lewiston 11 36,588 111 101 113
Auburn 12 23,104 111 101 113
Brewer 13 9,452 111 101 113
Belfast 14 6,664 111 101 113
Rockland 15 7,314 111 101 113
Bath 16 8,547 111 101 113
Sanford 17 10,084 111 101 113
Ellsworth 18 7,717 111 101 113
Orono 19 9,169 111 101 113
Brunswick 20 14,544 111 101 113
Westbrook 21 17,501 111 101 113
Old Orchard Beach 22 8,670 111 101 113
Topsham 23 6,293 111 101 113
Biddeford 24 21,351 111 101 113
Gorham 25 6,983 111 101 113
South Portland 26 24,997 111 101 113
Saco 27 18,561 111 101 113
Portland 28 66,235 111 101 113
Standish 29 9,882 111 101 113
Standish 30 9,882 111 101 113
Kennebunk 31 5,523 111 101 113
Yarmouth 32 5,644 111 101 113
Falmouth 33 11,233 111 101 113
Falmouth 34 11,233 111 101 113

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