See Which Maine Cities Made the List
Based on a Population of at least 8k
Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.
The most northeastern part of the United States, Maine is known for its deep forests, delicious clams and lobsters, and its beautifully rocky coast. You’ll find the gigantic moose here, and picturesque lighthouses. One more out of the many unique features here are the Maine Windjammers, tall sail ships that give a glimpse into the past. Horror author Stephen King was born here, as was the classicist Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Do not worry though, a horror master may have been born here, but that does not mean it’s a horror to live here. As you’ll soon see, Maine has some of the safest cities in the country to live in.
Maine has 1 of the 500 safest cities in the nation. Of the 25 safest cities within Maine, most have only had a handful of vehicle theft and aggravated assault, and these towns all have populations of around 10,000 or more. The incredibly low crime rate in these cities is remarkable, and even though the crime is so low, Maine still has an average of one officer per 350 citizens. Compare that to other states that have an average of one officer per 450 or more citizens.
The safest city in Maine, Kennebunk, has a safety rating of 90.49 and a population of 11,185. It is located near the New Hampshire border, and not terribly far from Boston. It is a coastal town, with a quarter of its residents under the age of 18. The median household income is $50,914, indicating that they people may not be rich, but are doing just fine financially. The town is proud of its history, with many shipbuilder’s homes kept intact. Areas that are proud of their history tend to have a lower propensity towards crime, as seen here.
The largest city in Maine is Portland, with a population of 66,816. Even with such a high population, their safety rating is still at a good 75.1, which is what puts it in the top 500 safest cities in the nation. Most of the other safest cities in Maine are clustered around Portland, as further north becomes more remote and much more sparsely populated towns.