Maine’s 10 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated April 8, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Maine for 2019. See if your city made the list.

Maine gained five additional safest cities this year for a total of 10, but only two of last year’s cities—Scarborough and Wells—made the cut again. Across Maine, crime rates are below national averages. The state reports just 1.43 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people, that’s three points below the national rate of 4.49.

The Pine Tree State also does a good job of keeping property crime to a minimum. The state’s average of 18.72 incidents per 1,000 is almost 10 points less than the national property crime rate of 27.11. And the cities on our list exemplify the state’s stellar safety record. All the cities had fewer than 0.5 violent crime incidents per 1,000, and 70% reported fewer than 10 property crimes per 1,000.

Find out if your city joined the list of Maine’s safest, and get all the crime rate details in our full listing below.

Maine's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • Two cities (Hampden and Cumberland) reported no violent crimes in 2017.
  • 90% reported fewer than five violent crimes.
  • There were no murders reported among the safest cities and only one city reported a robbery.
  • 60% reported zero incidents of rape.
  • Digital security is Maine’s top concern on our State of Safety study, and the number of folks who experienced digital security issues in the past year is on par with the national average at 24%.
  • The only area where Maine ranks higher than the rest of the country is for those who have ever experienced a digital security issue—45% vs. 39% nationwide.

The 10 Safest Cities in Maine

#1

Cumberland

New

Cumberland, Maine
Population 7,956
Median Income $112,604
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.02

#2

Hampden

New

Hampden, Maine
Population 7,363
Median Income $87,708
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.33

#3

Cape Elizabeth

New

Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Population 9,383
Median Income $106,157
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.11
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.37

#4

Topsham

New

Topsham, Maine
Population 8,790
Median Income $73,937
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.23
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.79

#5

Falmouth

New

Falmouth, Maine
Population 12,260
Median Income $108,547
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.33
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.95

#6

Gardiner

New

Gardiner, Maine
Population 5,592
Median Income $47,475
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.36
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.20

#7

Wells

-6

Wells, Maine
Population 10,287
Median Income $65,230
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.39
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.26

#8

Scarborough

-6

Scarborough, Maine
Population 20,215
Median Income $89,255
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.40
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.04

#9

South Berwick

New

South Berwick, Maine
Population 7,469
Median Income $88,438
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.40
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.02

#10

Belfast

New

Belfast, Maine
Population 6,644
Median Income $59,260
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.45
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.60

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security of 2019.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 10?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationCity Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)City Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
11Windham18,1750.5514.86
12Kennebunk11,4060.614.03
13Gorham17,5540.636.27
14Ellsworth7,9400.6334.13
15York13,0180.6910.98
16Yarmouth8,5940.707.10
17Bridgton5,4140.7419.39
18Fairfield6,5600.7623.17
19Berwick7,6270.797.08
20Orono11,4000.796.93
21Winthrop5,9500.8410.76
22Brewer9,0480.8828.96
23Caribou7,6660.9113.70
24Bar Harbor5,4220.9214.57
25Sabattus5,0380.996.95
26Lisbon8,8201.0213.38
27Freeport8,5201.0617.61
28Eliot6,4811.082.62
29Rockland7,1611.1223.04
30Paris5,1191.1715.43
31Waldoboro5,0231.1910.35
32Old Town7,4661.219.51
33Winslow7,5341.3312.21
34Saco19,3321.4017.28
35Brunswick20,7111.4015.16
36Rumford5,6921.4136.54
37Bath8,2721.4522.97
38Oakland6,1451.4611.23
39Bangor31,8141.5138.00
40Farmington7,5481.7217.36
41Auburn22,9311.7431.05
42Westbrook18,5601.8321.28
43Waterville16,5221.9442.00
44Buxton8,2221.958.51
45Skowhegan8,2552.1834.77
46South Portland25,6792.1822.51
47Sanford20,9632.2926.90
48Lewiston36,0672.7221.85
49Portland67,0792.7726.34
50Augusta18,3942.9930.28
51Old Orchard Beach8,8423.5116.85
52Biddeford21,3783.6033.91
53Presque Isle9,0163.7721.30
55Houlton5,7816.2321.80

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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