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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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Maine for 2019:
- Brewer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- South Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hallowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Saco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bath (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rockland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Westbrook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Caribou (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gardiner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Maine For 2019
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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 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'.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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
- Falmouth Foreside (Pop. 1,637)
- Cumberland Center (Pop. 2,475)
- Falmouth (Pop. 2,018)
- Hampden (Pop. 3,727)
- Berwick (Pop. 2,329)
- York Harbor (Pop. 2,885)
- Boothbay Harbor (Pop. 1,000)
- Kittery Point (Pop. 1,078)
- Freeport (Pop. 1,527)
- Kennebunkport (Pop. 1,089)
Best Small Towns To Live In Maine
- Littlejohn Island (Pop. 95)
- Cousins Island (Pop. 659)
- Newcastle (Pop. 625)
- Castine (Pop. 899)
- Standish (Pop. 457)
- Southwest Harbor (Pop. 850)
- Naples (Pop. 532)
- Alfred (Pop. 755)
- Woodland (Pop. 939)
- Bowdoinham (Pop. 604)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Maine according to the data:
- Waterville (Pop. 16,134)
- Bangor (Pop. 32,491)
- Augusta (Pop. 18,691)
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