These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Maine


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maine that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Maine does this very well. Families love the Pine Tree State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Maine that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Maine:

  1. Portland (Photos)
  2. Saco (Photos)
  3. South Portland (Photos)
  4. Biddeford (Photos)
  5. Westbrook (Photos)
  6. Ellsworth (Photos)
  7. Bath (Photos)
  8. Rockland (Photos)
  9. Belfast (Photos)
  10. Brewer (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Caribou is the most affordable city in Maine.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Maine.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 19 places in Maine that have more than 2,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Portland, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Portland

Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,317
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 123
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

2. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,757
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 121
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

3. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,154
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 119
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

4. Biddeford

Biddeford, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,303
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 114
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

5. Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,662
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 106
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

6. Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,804
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 94
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

7. Bath

Bath, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,396
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

8. Rockland

Rockland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,241
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 90
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

9. Belfast

Belfast, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,664
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 88
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

10. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,391
Services Index: 111
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 87
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 129
Utilities Index: 119

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Maine that have the highest cost of living, with Portland ranking as the most exensive city in the Pine Tree State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Maine:

  1. Caribou
  2. Presque Isle
  3. Waterville

For more Maine reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Maine

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Portland 1 66,317 111 101 113 123 129 119
Saco 2 18,757 111 101 113 121 129 119
South Portland 3 25,154 111 101 113 119 129 119
Biddeford 4 21,303 111 101 113 114 129 119
Westbrook 5 17,662 111 101 113 106 129 119
Ellsworth 6 7,804 111 101 113 94 129 119
Bath 7 8,396 111 101 113 92 129 119
Rockland 8 7,241 111 101 113 90 129 119
Belfast 9 6,664 111 101 113 88 129 119
Brewer 10 9,391 111 101 113 87 129 119
Auburn 11 22,960 111 101 113 86 129 119
Bangor 12 32,800 111 101 113 82 129 119
Lewiston 13 36,410 111 101 113 82 129 119
Gardiner 14 5,737 111 101 113 80 129 119
Old Town 15 7,756 111 101 113 77 129 119
Augusta 16 18,898 111 101 113 73 129 119
Waterville 17 15,886 111 101 113 65 129 119
Presque Isle 18 9,494 111 101 113 62 129 119
Caribou 19 8,025 111 101 113 56 129 119

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