10 Best Places To Live In Maine For 2019


These are the absolute most desirable places to call home in the Pine Tree State.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Maine.

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Where are the best places in the state of Maine?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They're the places in Pine Tree State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don't trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Maine.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against.

After analyzing 20 places in Maine, we came up with this list of the best places.

Well, it looks like you should check out Brewer if you're thinking of moving to Maine -- it's the best the Pine Tree State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Maine.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Maine reading, check out:

The 10 Best Places To Live In Maine For 2019

Brewer, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,284
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $160,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (3rd best)
More on Brewer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Brewer.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 3rd lowest in Maine and the median income comes in at $56,128.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

South Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,397
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $229,400 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (12th best)
More on South Portland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

At an unemployment rate of 6.2%, everyone who wants a job can get one in South Portland. And the residents command high salaries ($56,250 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($229,400 each).

We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in Maine. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Review Of South Portland by HomeSnacks User

I have lived here for over 20 years, the town is still great but the character has changed tremendously-very precious and pricey now. I couldn't afford my own neighborhood if I were buying now. Planning to move out in a few years because of it.

We like the lighthouses and beaches. About a dozen unnecessary coffee shops have opened up, which to me only highlights the tedious hipsterism that permeates the town now.

Hallowell, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,427
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $198,900 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (11th best)
More on Hallowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hallowell ranks as the 3rd best place in Maine for 2019. Let's take a look at why.

Hallowell has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Hallowell's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $54,219 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

Review Of Hallowell by HomeSnacks User

Hallowell is indeed a great place to live!

Most of the residents of Hallowell work in Augusta, as state workers/administrators, or in some role connected to the State.

I know of some who work in Portland resulting in a 50 mile or so commute - but I'd that would be more than balanced by those who work in Augusta! Personally, my commute is 1.5 miles!

Saco, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,008
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $232,200 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (1st best)
More on Saco: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Saco is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $232,200 and households earn a median salary of $59,740. One could get used to that.

Bath, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,334
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $164,600 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (4th best)
More on Bath: Real Estate | Data | Photos

It's obvious why Bath ranks 5th in the state for best places to live: they have the 4th lowest unemployment rate and the 9th highest home values.

Plus, they're known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Bath a great place to live.

Rockland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,220
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $158,600 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (14th best)
More on Rockland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you live in Rockland, you probably know how great it is already.

Rockland has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($40,987). And the crime is really, really low (6th lowest in Maine).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 66,649
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $248,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (8th best)
More on Portland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Well, I guess technically 5.7% of Portland residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 8th closest of any city in Maine.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Portland also ranked well for crime (13th) and median income ($48,259).

Review Of Portland by HomeSnacks User

I feel very safe in the town. It has a very small town feel to it. It has excellent restaurants and some of the best Lobster Rolls anywhere in the country. I love the cobblestone streets and the old town look.

The downtown is full of bars and restaurants. Fresh seafood all around the city.

Westbrook, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,969
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $204,300 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (12th best)
More on Westbrook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westbrook has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Westbrook has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 6.2% and lowering. And the Westbrook police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 11th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?

Caribou, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,902
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $88,900 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (2nd best)
More on Caribou: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let's take a look at why Caribou is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Caribou, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.7% unemployment rate).

You can make Caribou your home for only $88,900 which won't be too hard on a $35,635 household salary.

Gardiner, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,670
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $132,600 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (8th best)
More on Gardiner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gardiner had the 8th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (5.7%) and the 8th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Gardiner is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Maine

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Augusta with a population of 18,691 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities -- Populations over 2,000
  • Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 2,000
  • Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000

This left us with 20 cities, 72 towns, and 26 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 2,000 people to truly be 'the best'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Maine

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Maine across a number of criteria from one to 20, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Maine".

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Maine? That would be Brewer.

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Maine.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Brewer at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Maine

If you're looking at areas in Maine with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Brewer made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Maine for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In Maine

  1. Falmouth Foreside (Pop. 1,637)
  2. Cumberland Center (Pop. 2,475)
  3. Falmouth (Pop. 2,018)
  4. Hampden (Pop. 3,727)
  5. Berwick (Pop. 2,329)
  6. York Harbor (Pop. 2,885)
  7. Boothbay Harbor (Pop. 1,000)
  8. Kittery Point (Pop. 1,078)
  9. Freeport (Pop. 1,527)
  10. Kennebunkport (Pop. 1,089)

Best Small Towns To Live In Maine

  1. Littlejohn Island (Pop. 95)
  2. Cousins Island (Pop. 659)
  3. Newcastle (Pop. 625)
  4. Castine (Pop. 899)
  5. Standish (Pop. 457)
  6. Southwest Harbor (Pop. 850)
  7. Naples (Pop. 532)
  8. Alfred (Pop. 755)
  9. Woodland (Pop. 939)
  10. Bowdoinham (Pop. 604)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Maine according to the data:

  1. Waterville (Pop. 16,134)
  2. Bangor (Pop. 32,491)
  3. Augusta (Pop. 18,691)

For more Maine reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Live In Maine?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Brewer 9,284 5.0% $160,800
2 South Portland 25,397 6.2% $229,400
3 Hallowell 2,427 5.9% $198,900
4 Saco 19,008 2.8% $232,200
5 Bath 8,334 5.3% $164,600
6 Rockland 7,220 6.3% $158,600
7 Portland 66,649 5.7% $248,000
8 Westbrook 17,969 6.2% $204,300
9 Caribou 7,902 4.7% $88,900
10 Gardiner 5,670 5.7% $132,600

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

One thought on “10 Best Places To Live In Maine For 2019

  1. Rockland Maine especially the downtown smells like marijuana smoke wherever you go. People are going around with those vaper things with marijuana odor coming out.
    A coastal town, i want to smell ocean salt air or lobster, not POT.

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