These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Maine For 2018


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 19 largest places in Maine, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Maine for 2018:

  1. Caribou (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Presque Isle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Waterville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Augusta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Old Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Gardiner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bangor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Lewiston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Brewer (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Portland (the most expensive place in Maine) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Maine or the most expensive.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Pine Tree State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In maine
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 19 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.

1. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,169
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 56
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Caribou: Homes For Sale | Data
Caribou is the second largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. Its population was 8,189 at the 2010 census.

2. Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

Population: 9,638
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 62
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Presque Isle: Homes For Sale | Data
Presque Isle is the commercial center and largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,171 in 2015 as estimated by the US Census, a decrease from the count of 9,692 in the 2010 Census. The city is home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College, Husson University Presque Isle, Northern Maine Fairgrounds, The Aroostook Centre Mall, and the Northern Maine Regional Airport.

3. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Population: 15,780
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 65
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Waterville: Homes For Sale | Data
Waterville is a city in Kennebec County of the U.S. state of Maine, United States, on the west bank of the Kennebec River. Home to Colby College and Thomas College, the population was 15,722 at the 2010 census. Waterville is also the latter of the cities which make up the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.

4. Augusta

Augusta, Maine

Population: 19,088
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 73
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Augusta: Homes For Sale | Data
Augusta is the capital of the U.S. state of Maine and the county seat of Kennebec County.

5. Old Town

Old Town, Maine

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,831
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 77
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Old Town: Homes For Sale | Data
Old Town is a city in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,840 at the 2010 census. The city’s developed area is chiefly located on relatively large Marsh Island, though its boundaries extend beyond that. The island is surrounded and defined by the Penobscot River to the east, and the Stillwater River to the west.

6. Gardiner

Gardiner, Maine

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,816
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 80
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Gardiner: Homes For Sale | Data
Gardiner is a city in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census. Popular with tourists, Gardiner is noted for its culture and old architecture. Gardiner is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.

7. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,988
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 82
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Bangor: Homes For Sale | Data
Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746. Bangor is known as the “Queen City” of Maine.

8. Lewiston

Lewiston, Maine

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,588
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 82
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Lewiston: Homes For Sale | Data
Lewiston is the second largest city in Maine and the most central city in Androscoggin County. The city borders the coastal sideways of the Gulf of Maine and is south of Augusta, the state’s capital and north of Portland, the cultural hub of Maine. It is one-half of the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Statistical Area, commonly referred to as “L.A.” or “L-A.” Lewiston exerts a significant impact upon the diversity, religious variety, commerce, education, and economic power of Maine. It is known for a relatively low cost of living, substantial access to medical care, and an extremely low violent crime rate. While the dominant language spoken in the city is English, it is home to the largest French-speaking population in the United States while it is second to St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, in percentage of speakers.

9. Auburn

Auburn, Maine

Population: 23,104
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 86
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Auburn: Homes For Sale | Data
Auburn is a city in and the county seat of Androscoggin County, Maine, United States. The population was 23,055 at the 2010 census. Auburn and Lewiston are known locally as the Twin Cities or Lewiston-Auburn.

10. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Population: 9,452
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 87
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
More on Brewer: Homes For Sale | Data

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Maine, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Maine

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Caribou 8.5 8,169 111 101 113
2 Presque Isle 8.67 9,638 111 101 113
3 Waterville 8.83 15,780 111 101 113
4 Augusta 9.0 19,088 111 101 113
5 Old Town 9.17 7,831 111 101 113
6 Gardiner 9.33 5,816 111 101 113
7 Bangor 9.58 32,988 111 101 113
8 Lewiston 9.58 36,588 111 101 113
9 Auburn 9.83 23,104 111 101 113
10 Brewer 10.0 9,452 111 101 113
11 Belfast 10.17 6,664 111 101 113
12 Rockland 10.33 7,314 111 101 113
13 Bath 10.5 8,547 111 101 113
14 Ellsworth 10.67 7,717 111 101 113
15 Westbrook 10.83 17,501 111 101 113
16 Biddeford 11.0 21,351 111 101 113
17 South Portland 11.17 24,997 111 101 113
18 Saco 11.33 18,561 111 101 113
19 Portland 11.5 66,235 111 101 113

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