Maine’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Located at the northern tip of New England, Maine is the 12th smallest state in terms of area, the 9th smallest state in terms of population, and the 12th smallest state in terms of population density. Basically, it’s a small state without many people, and the people that live there are pretty spread out, making it perfect to spend some alone time or just relax! Maine provides almost 90% of the lobster supply in the United States and 99% of all the blueberries. It’s capital was originally Portland, but it was changed to the more central Augusta in 1832. The state also boasts beautiful nature such as Acadia National Park, the second most popular national park in the U.S in terms of visitors, plus the White Mountains National Park, almost 800,000 acres of hardwood forests and alpine areas. No wonder it’s called Vacationland!

If you’re in Maine, what are some activities that you just can’t miss?

  • Cadillac Mountain- this 1,530 mountain offers panoramic views of Acadia National Park from its peak, part of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Portland Head Lighthouse- located in Cape Elizabeth, this lighthouse was built in 1791 and still operates, sitting on rocky coastline in Fort Williams Park.
  • Casco Bay- Right off the state’s southern coast in the Gulf of Maine is Casco Bay, a great place for boating, lighthouse-viewing and of course, eating fresh seafood.

The safest city in Maine is Cumberland, a suburb just north of Portland. With a population of nearly 8,000 and an impressive median income of $112,604, there were only 3.02 violent crimes and absolutely no violent crimes per 1,000 people! That’s incredible and to be honest, pretty unique. Other top contenders include Eliot, Cape Elizabeth, and Kennebunk.

1.21

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

0.594
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
15.071

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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1
Cumberland, Maine
Cumberland
Safety Score: 90.42

Cumberland, ME

Population 7,956
Median Income 112,604
Households 2,797
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.13
Property Crimes 3.02
Property Crime -0.05

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Eliot, Maine
Eliot
Safety Score: 89.73

Eliot, ME

Population 6,481
Median Income 82,587
Households 2,569
Violent Crime 1.08
Violent Crime +0.61
Property Crimes 2.62
Property Crime -5.08

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Cape Elizab.
Safety Score: 89.37

Cape Elizabeth, ME

Population 9,383
Median Income 106,157
Households 3,803
Violent Crime 0.11
Violent Crime +0.11
Property Crimes 4.37
Property Crime -1.4

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Kennebunk, Maine
Kennebunk
Safety Score: 89.34

Kennebunk, ME

Population 11,406
Median Income 73,105
Households 4,972
Violent Crime 0.61
Violent Crime +0.26
Property Crimes 4.03
Property Crime -3.85

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South Berwick, Maine
South Berwi.
Safety Score: 89

South Berwick, ME

Population 7,469
Median Income 88,438
Households 2,784
Violent Crime 0.4
Violent Crime -0.81
Property Crimes 4.02
Property Crime -2.69

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Gorham, Maine
Gorham
Safety Score: 87.59

Gorham, ME

Population 17,554
Median Income 76,267
Households 6,101
Violent Crime 0.63
Violent Crime -0.06
Property Crimes 6.27
Property Crime -5.43

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Hampden, Maine
Hampden
Safety Score: 87.36

Hampden, ME

Population 7,363
Median Income 87,708
Households 2,793
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.67
Property Crimes 7.33
Property Crime -1.71

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Yarmouth, Maine
Yarmouth
Safety Score: 87.02

Yarmouth, ME

Population 8,594
Median Income 77,695
Households 3,533
Violent Crime 0.7
Violent Crime +0.12
Property Crimes 7.1
Property Crime -0.82

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Orono, Maine
Orono
Safety Score: 86.98

Orono, ME

Population 11,400
Median Income 44,427
Households 3,121
Violent Crime 0.79
Violent Crime +0.42
Property Crimes 6.93
Property Crime -4.67

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Berwick, Maine
Berwick
Safety Score: 86.73

Berwick, ME

Population 7,627
Median Income 72,731
Households 2,945
Violent Crime 0.79
Violent Crime +0.39
Property Crimes 7.08
Property Crime -2.7

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Wells, Maine
Wells
Safety Score: 86.72

Wells, ME

Population 10,287
Median Income 65,230
Households 4,551
Violent Crime 0.39
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 8.26
Property Crime -4.03

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Sabattus, Maine
Sabattus
Safety Score: 86.63

Sabattus, ME

Population 5,038
Median Income 56,480
Households 2,114
Violent Crime 0.99
Violent Crime -0.6
Property Crimes 6.95
Property Crime 0.2

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Falmouth, Maine
Falmouth
Safety Score: 85.28

Falmouth, ME

Population 12,260
Median Income 108,547
Households 4,655
Violent Crime 0.33
Violent Crime -0.58
Property Crimes 9.95
Property Crime -1.9

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Old Town, Maine
Old Town
Safety Score: 85.1

Old Town, ME

Population 7,466
Median Income 37,799
Households 3,318
Violent Crime 1.21
Violent Crime +0.42
Property Crimes 9.51
Property Crime -7.37

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Buxton, Maine
Buxton
Safety Score: 84.64

Buxton, ME

Population 8,222
Median Income 65,762
Households 3,141
Violent Crime 1.95
Violent Crime +0.85
Property Crimes 8.51
Property Crime -0.42

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York, Maine
York
Safety Score: 84.31

York, ME

Population 13,018
Median Income 83,072
Households 5,524
Violent Crime 0.69
Violent Crime +0.07
Property Crimes 10.98
Property Crime -0.93

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Waldoboro, Maine
Waldoboro
Safety Score: 84.16

Waldoboro, ME

Population 5,023
Median Income 40,045
Households 2,235
Violent Crime 1.19
Violent Crime +0.18
Property Crimes 10.35
Property Crime -3.78

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Winthrop, Maine
Winthrop
Safety Score: 84.12

Winthrop, ME

Population 5,950
Median Income 70,146
Households 2,524
Violent Crime 0.84
Violent Crime -0.69
Property Crimes 10.76
Property Crime 1.25

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Oakland, Maine
Oakland
Safety Score: 83.42

Oakland, ME

Population 6,145
Median Income 49,720
Households 2,579
Violent Crime 1.46
Violent Crime +1.3
Property Crimes 11.23
Property Crime -0.05

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Winslow, Maine
Winslow
Safety Score: 82.77

Winslow, ME

Population 7,534
Median Income 49,263
Households 3,123
Violent Crime 1.33
Violent Crime +1.06
Property Crimes 12.21
Property Crime -0.05

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Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor
Safety Score: 82.44

Bar Harbor, ME

Population 5,422
Median Income 53,053
Households 2,329
Violent Crime 0.92
Violent Crime +0.55
Property Crimes 14.57
Property Crime 3.52

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Caribou, Maine
Caribou
Safety Score: 82.34

Caribou, ME

Population 7,666
Median Income 39,927
Households 3,511
Violent Crime 0.91
Violent Crime -0.12
Property Crimes 13.7
Property Crime -2.56

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Lisbon, Maine
Lisbon
Safety Score: 82.28

Lisbon, ME

Population 8,820
Median Income 53,740
Households 3,588
Violent Crime 1.02
Violent Crime +0.45
Property Crimes 13.38
Property Crime 2.39

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Belfast, Maine
Belfast
Safety Score: 82.14

Belfast, ME

Population 6,644
Median Income 59,260
Households 2,893
Violent Crime 0.45
Violent Crime -1.05
Property Crimes 14.6
Property Crime -3.2

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Topsham, Maine
Topsham
Safety Score: 82.03

Topsham, ME

Population 8,790
Median Income 73,937
Households 3,734
Violent Crime 0.23
Violent Crime +0.12
Property Crimes 14.79
Property Crime 3.24

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Scarborough, Maine
Scarborough
Safety Score: 81.87

Scarborough, ME

Population 20,215
Median Income 89,255
Households 7,640
Violent Crime 0.4
Violent Crime -0.2
Property Crimes 15.04
Property Crime -4.91

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Gardiner, Maine
Gardiner
Safety Score: 81.72

Gardiner, ME

Population 5,592
Median Income 47,475
Households 2,353
Violent Crime 0.36
Violent Crime -0.18
Property Crimes 15.2
Property Crime -8.19

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Windham, Maine
Windham
Safety Score: 81.68

Windham, ME

Population 18,175
Median Income 72,602
Households 6,391
Violent Crime 0.55
Violent Crime -0.4
Property Crimes 14.86
Property Crime 0.01

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Paris, Maine
Paris
Safety Score: 80.85

Paris, ME

Population 5,119
Median Income 42,857
Households 1,888
Violent Crime 1.17
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 15.43
Property Crime -2.47

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Brunswick, Maine
Brunswick
Safety Score: 80.66

Brunswick, ME

Population 20,711
Median Income 58,125
Households 8,297
Violent Crime 1.4
Violent Crime +0.18
Property Crimes 15.16
Property Crime -1.78

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Kittery, Maine
Kittery
Safety Score: 80.29

Kittery, ME

Population 9,669
Median Income 73,287
Households 4,233
Violent Crime 1.34
Violent Crime -0.21
Property Crimes 16.24
Property Crime 1.89

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Freeport, Maine
Freeport
Safety Score: 79.36

Freeport, ME

Population 8,520
Median Income 79,500
Households 3,354
Violent Crime 1.06
Violent Crime +0.7
Property Crimes 17.61
Property Crime -4.99

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Saco, Maine
Saco
Safety Score: 79.34

Saco, ME

Population 19,332
Median Income 63,750
Households 7,712
Violent Crime 1.4
Violent Crime -0.42
Property Crimes 17.28
Property Crime -0.69

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Farmington, Maine
Farmington
Safety Score: 79.1

Farmington, ME

Population 7,548
Median Income 40,150
Households 2,724
Violent Crime 1.72
Violent Crime +0.91
Property Crimes 17.36
Property Crime 3.98

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Bridgton, Maine
Bridgton
Safety Score: 78.26

Bridgton, ME

Population 5,414
Median Income 48,319
Households 2,098
Violent Crime 0.74
Violent Crime +0.37
Property Crimes 19.39
Property Crime -0.59

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Old Orchard.
Safety Score: 78.02

Old Orchard Beach, ME

Population 8,842
Median Income 50,663
Households 4,686
Violent Crime 3.51
Violent Crime +1.58
Property Crimes 16.85
Property Crime -8.58

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Westbrook, Maine
Westbrook
Safety Score: 76.27

Westbrook, ME

Population 18,560
Median Income 51,062
Households 8,054
Violent Crime 1.83
Violent Crime -0.38
Property Crimes 21.28
Property Crime -3.5

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Rockland, Maine
Rockland
Safety Score: 75.75

Rockland, ME

Population 7,161
Median Income 40,486
Households 3,567
Violent Crime 1.12
Violent Crime +0.98
Property Crimes 23.04
Property Crime 1.04

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Fairfield, Maine
Fairfield
Safety Score: 75.65

Fairfield, ME

Population 6,560
Median Income 45,164
Households 2,622
Violent Crime 0.76
Violent Crime -0.32
Property Crimes 23.17
Property Crime 1.8

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Bath, Maine
Bath
Safety Score: 75.57

Bath, ME

Population 8,272
Median Income 40,868
Households 4,041
Violent Crime 1.45
Violent Crime +0.6
Property Crimes 22.97
Property Crime -2.31

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South Portland, Maine
South Portl.
Safety Score: 75.04

South Portland, ME

Population 25,679
Median Income 59,515
Households 10,663
Violent Crime 2.18
Violent Crime +0.47
Property Crimes 22.51
Property Crime -0.7

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Lewiston, Maine
Lewiston
Safety Score: 74.98

Lewiston, ME

Population 36,067
Median Income 39,890
Households 16,063
Violent Crime 2.72
Violent Crime +0.95
Property Crimes 21.85
Property Crime 1.98

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Presque Isle, Maine
Presque Isl.
Safety Score: 74.51

Presque Isle, ME

Population 9,016
Median Income 37,036
Households 4,102
Violent Crime 3.77
Violent Crime +0.13
Property Crimes 21.3
Property Crime -5.26

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Houlton, Maine
Houlton
Safety Score: 71.94

Houlton, ME

Population 5,781
Median Income 36,557
Households 2,606
Violent Crime 6.23
Violent Crime +1.95
Property Crimes 21.8
Property Crime -0.48

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Portland, Maine
Portland
Safety Score: 71.85

Portland, ME

Population 67,079
Median Income 51,430
Households 30,167
Violent Crime 2.77
Violent Crime -0.15
Property Crimes 26.34
Property Crime -0.43

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Brewer, Maine
Brewer
Safety Score: 71.78

Brewer, ME

Population 9,048
Median Income 56,354
Households 3,754
Violent Crime 0.88
Violent Crime +0.77
Property Crimes 28.96
Property Crime 6.64

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Sanford, Maine
Sanford
Safety Score: 71.75

Sanford, ME

Population 20,963
Median Income 45,563
Households 8,720
Violent Crime 2.29
Violent Crime -0.48
Property Crimes 26.9
Property Crime -7.14

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Auburn, Maine
Auburn
Safety Score: 69.49

Auburn, ME

Population 22,931
Median Income 48,363
Households 9,916
Violent Crime 1.74
Violent Crime -0.14
Property Crimes 31.05
Property Crime -0.92

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Augusta, Maine
Augusta
Safety Score: 69.04

Augusta, ME

Population 18,394
Median Income 40,181
Households 8,544
Violent Crime 2.99
Violent Crime -1.15
Property Crimes 30.28
Property Crime -6.57

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Ellsworth, Maine
Ellsworth
Safety Score: 68.34

Ellsworth, ME

Population 7,940
Median Income 49,737
Households 3,350
Violent Crime 0.63
Violent Crime -0.13
Property Crimes 34.13
Property Crime 3.42

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Skowhegan, ME8,25532,9952.18 34.77 1.766.14
52Rumford, ME5,69230,7771.41 36.54 2.1165.87
53Biddeford, ME21,37849,8123.6 33.91 2.3465.81
54Bangor, ME31,81440,0711.51 38 2.5164.86
55Waterville, ME16,52237,0931.94 42 1.8861.46

How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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