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 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Maine For 2019
Brewer had the 3rd lowest unemployment of any place in our research (5.0%) and the 7th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Brewer is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
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.
With the unemployment rate being the 11th lowest in Maine and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Hallowell.
Plus, the crime rate is the 1st lowest in the state!
The Saco has the 1st lowest unemployment rate in Maine. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Saco is higher than the national average and households make $59,740 per year.
We’d move to Saco if we could in a heart beat.
Perhaps what makes Bath so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Bath great. They also have the 11th highest median income and the 14th shortest commute time.
If you want to live in Maine, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Rockland area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $40,987 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Rockland as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Rockland.
In Portland, everyone loves to call Portland home! The median home value is the 1st highest in Maine.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 8th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Pine Tree State.
Westbrook has a really low crime rate (11th lowest) and only 6.2% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($48,074). And that goes a long way.
The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Westbrook.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Caribou.
Caribou ranked impressively high for its crime rate (2nd overall) and its short commute times (6th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
Gardiner is another gem in Pine Tree State. The unemployment rate here is 8th lowest in the entire state at 5.7%. Other factors that make Gardiner so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $132,600, and parents earn a combined $49,569 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
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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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Maine