These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Maine


We analyzed over 28 places in Maine to determine where the 1% live.

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Kennebunk, Topsham, South Portland: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Maine. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Pine Tree State.

Kennebunk in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $65,929 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.2%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Maine share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 28 places in Maine with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Pine Tree State:

  1. Kennebunk
  2. Topsham
  3. South Portland
  4. Saco
  5. Gorham
  6. Brewer
  7. Yarmouth
  8. Brunswick
  9. Gardiner
  10. Rockland

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Maine? That would be Belfast.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Maine

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 28 places with more than 5,000 people in Maine, we ranked each place from 1 to 28 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Kennebunk, crowned the “Richest Place In Maine”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 28 places.

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1. Kennebunk

Kennebunk, Maine

Source: Sebago Brewing Company Kennebunk Me. Google Maps

Population: 5,575
Median Income: 6592900.0%
Poverty Level: 3.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

2. Topsham


Population: 6,228
Median Income: 6163700.0%
Poverty Level: 9.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

3. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source:

Population: 25,154
Median Income: 5361400.0%
Poverty Level: 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

4. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,757
Median Income: 5261100.0%
Poverty Level: 11.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

5. Gorham

Gorham, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,596
Median Income: 6514800.0%
Poverty Level: 7.2%
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%

6. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,391
Median Income: 5121600.0%
Poverty Level: 10.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

7. Yarmouth

Yarmouth, Maine

Source: Flickr Blueberrylemon

Population: 5,645
Median Income: 6272700.0%
Poverty Level: 6.4%
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%

8. Brunswick

Brunswick, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,275
Median Income: 4817600.0%
Poverty Level: 13.0%
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%

9. Gardiner

Gardiner, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,737
Median Income: 4640000.0%
Poverty Level: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

10. Rockland

Rockland, Maine

Source: Rock Harbor Pub And Brewery Rockland Me. Google Maps.

Population: 7,241
Median Income: 4109500.0%
Poverty Level: 14.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Maine

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Maine, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Maine. When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in ME, according to data:

Poorest: Belfast
2nd Poorest: Waterville
3rd Poorest: Skowhegan
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Maine

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Kennebunk 1 5,575 $65,929 3.2% 5.1%
Topsham 2 6,228 $61,637 9.2% 6.2%
South Portland 3 25,154 $53,614 10.3% 5.2%
Saco 4 18,757 $52,611 11.2% 4.8%
Gorham 5 6,596 $65,148 7.2% 7.4%
Brewer 6 9,391 $51,216 10.1% 6.4%
Yarmouth 7 5,645 $62,727 6.4% 8.6%
Brunswick 8 15,275 $48,176 13.0% 7.0%
Gardiner 9 5,737 $46,400 15.3% 5.6%
Rockland 10 7,241 $41,095 14.4% 4.3%
Winslow 11 7,709 $42,459 12.4% 7.8%
Biddeford 12 21,303 $45,729 18.7% 6.3%
Westbrook 13 17,662 $45,041 13.8% 8.2%
Portland 14 66,317 $45,865 19.9% 6.9%
Ellsworth 15 7,804 $46,431 14.1% 8.8%
Presque Isle 16 9,494 $36,706 17.8% 5.2%
Auburn 17 22,960 $45,279 16.2% 8.6%
Caribou 18 8,025 $35,764 17.1% 6.4%
Old Orchard Beach 19 8,679 $41,831 15.7% 8.7%
Augusta 20 18,898 $38,263 18.9% 8.4%
Orono 21 9,514 $41,875 36.5% 8.2%
Bangor 22 32,800 $36,272 25.9% 8.1%
Bath 23 8,396 $41,062 22.0% 9.6%
Old Town 24 7,756 $32,964 31.5% 8.1%
Lewiston 25 36,410 $36,696 21.3% 10.2%
Skowhegan 26 6,219 $29,375 27.5% 8.5%
Waterville 27 15,886 $31,995 24.5% 16.4%
Belfast 28 6,664 $34,205 28.1% 10.7%

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