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.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.49

Kennebunk, ME

11,185 532 4 -33.9% 77 6.1%

2 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.02

Cape Elizabeth, ME

9,230 658 0 -100% 86 -2%

3 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.59

Wells, ME

10,118 336 6 -15.9% 111 -14.2%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.94

York, ME

12,870 367 7 38.5% 151 -30.5%

5 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.9

Falmouth, ME

11,874 456 4 95.1% 129 1.5%

6 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.69

Gorham, ME

17,190 687 7 -30.9% 180 -11.2%

7 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.15

Kittery, ME

9,689 387 10 n/a 121 -21.1%

8 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.72

Lisbon, ME

8,854 491 10 0.3% 121 57.6%

9 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.52

Brunswick, ME

20,490 435 20 4.6% 340 -13.6%

10 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.46

Windham, ME

17,740 611 7 -59.3% 295 -25.7%

11 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.02

Orono, ME

10,753 716 6 50.1% 164 27.2%

12
Safety Score: 83.75

Scarborough, ME

19,682 350 11 -27.5% 374 -0.1%

13
Safety Score: 82.19

Presque Isle, ME

9,232 439 20 19% 248 20%

14
Safety Score: 81.98

Lewiston, ME

36,232 393 68 -18.7% 732 -17.7%

15
Safety Score: 81.8

Saco, ME

19,146 390 28 -27% 402 5.4%

16
Safety Score: 81.46

Brewer, ME

9,279 441 4 -49.7% 207 -15.7%

17
Safety Score: 80.49

South Portland, ME

25,540 455 24 -39% 602 -25.1%

18
Safety Score: 79.3

Westbrook, ME

17,989 438 54 44.5% 410 -30%

19
Safety Score: 75.7

Auburn, ME

22,880 368 23 -17.5% 727 -17.6%

20
Safety Score: 75.1

Portland, ME

66,816 307 215 35.2% 2,022 -5.9%

21
Safety Score: 72.72

Sanford, ME

20,936 486 49 -36.6% 723 -2%

22
Safety Score: 71.93

Waterville, ME

16,300 397 43 -20.3% 718 2.3%

23
Safety Score: 70.44

Bangor, ME

32,455 352 56 2.2% 1,276 -23.7%

24
Safety Score: 63.73

Biddeford, ME

21,355 296 103 -1.2% 1,012 14.6%

25
Safety Score: 61.78

Augusta, ME

18,608 325 80 3.2% 950 -12.5%


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