These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Maine For 2018


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 for 2018:

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

So hopefully Caribou (the cheapest place to live in Maine) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

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

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.

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.

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. Portland

Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,235
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 123
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Portland is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maine, with a population of 66,937 as of 2016. This makes it the fourth least populous city in the U.S. to be the most populous in its state. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population. The Old Port district is frequented by tourists, while Portland Head Light is also a destination. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named after the English Isle of Portland, and the city of Portland, Oregon, was in turn named after Portland, Maine.

2. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,561
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 121
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Saco /sko/ is a city in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 18,482 at the 2010 census. It is home to Ferry Beach State Park, Funtown Splashtown USA, Thornton Academy, as well as General Dynamics Armament Systems (also known by its former name, Saco Defense), a subsidiary of the defense contractor General Dynamics. Saco sees much tourism during summer months, due to its amusement parks, Ferry Beach State Park, and proximity to Old Orchard Beach.

3. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,997
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 119
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, and is the fourth-largest city in the state, incorporated in 1898. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 25,002. Known for its working waterfront, South Portland is situated on Portland Harbor and overlooks the skyline of Portland and the islands of Casco Bay. Due to South Portland’s close proximity to air, marine, rail, and highway transportation options, the city has become a center for retail and industry in the region.

4. Biddeford

Biddeford, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,351
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 114
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Biddeford is a city in York County, Maine, United States. It is the principal commercial center of York County. The population was 21,277 at the 2010 census. Twin city of Saco, Biddeford includes the resort community of Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks and Granite Point. The town is the site of the University of New England and the annual La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival. First visited by Europeans in 1616, it is the site of one of the earliest European settlements in the United States.

5. Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,501
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 106
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Westbrook is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States and a suburb of Portland. The population was 17,494 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area.

6. Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,717
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 94
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States. The 2010 Census determined it had a population of 7,741. Ellsworth was Maine’s fastest growing city from 2000–2010, with a growth rate of nearly 20 percent. With historic buildings and other points of interest, Ellsworth is popular with tourists.[citation needed]

7. Bath

Bath, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,547
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 92
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Bath is a city in Sagadahoc County, Maine, in the United States. The population was 8,514 at the 2010 census, and 8,357 as of 2013, the population has had a change of -10.2% since 2000. It is the county seat of Sagadahoc County, which includes one city and 10 towns. The city is popular with tourists, many drawn by its 19th-century architecture. It is home to the Bath Iron Works and Heritage Days Festival, held annually on the Fourth of July weekend. It is commonly known as ‘The City of Ships.’ Bath is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Greater Portland.

8. Rockland

Rockland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,314
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 90
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,297. It is the county seat of Knox County. The city is a popular tourist destination. It is a departure point for the Maine State Ferry Service to the islands of Penobscot Bay: Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus.

9. Belfast

Belfast, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,664
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 88
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 119
Belfast is a city in Waldo County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,668. Located at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay, Belfast is the county seat of Waldo County. The seaport has a wealth of antique architecture in several historic districts, and remains popular with tourists.

10. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,452
Services: 111
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 87
Transportation: 129
Utilities: 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 expensive city in the Pine Tree State.

If you’re curious, here are the 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 Health Care
Portland 1 66,235 111 101 113
Saco 2 18,561 111 101 113
South Portland 3 24,997 111 101 113
Biddeford 4 21,351 111 101 113
Westbrook 5 17,501 111 101 113
Ellsworth 6 7,717 111 101 113
Bath 7 8,547 111 101 113
Rockland 8 7,314 111 101 113
Belfast 9 6,664 111 101 113
Brewer 10 9,452 111 101 113
Auburn 11 23,104 111 101 113
Lewiston 12 36,588 111 101 113
Bangor 13 32,988 111 101 113
Gardiner 14 5,816 111 101 113
Old Town 15 7,831 111 101 113
Augusta 16 19,088 111 101 113
Waterville 17 15,780 111 101 113
Presque Isle 18 9,638 111 101 113
Caribou 19 8,169 111 101 113

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