Maine’s 10 Safest Cities of 2022

Maine Safest Cities Report 2022

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the eighth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Maine for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

Maine residents aren’t as concerned about their overall safety compared to the rest of the nation. Of those who call The Pine Tree State home, only 34% say they feel a high daily concern for their safety. And with crime rates well below the national and regional average, it’s easy to see why.

In this report

2022 Maine crime rates

Maine’s violent crime rate landed at 1.1 this reporting year—the lowest in the nation. Aggravated assaults accounted for 54% of violent crime. The state’s property crime rate was 11.6, much lower than the national rate of 19.6. Larceny-theft accounted for 82% of property crime.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Image: SafeWise

Level of concern and experience with crime in Maine

In our latest State of Safety survey, we found that 77% of Maine residents feel safe in their state compared to 55% of the US.

As far as biggest concerns go, Mainers saw a three-way tie between violent crime, property crime, and package theft—each at 31%. Yet, despite the tie, Mainers show less concern about these issues than other states in the US.

We did see a rise in firsthand experience from Maine residents who experienced violent crime (from 9% to 14%) and gun violence (from 4% to 10%) in the last year.

Around 28% of Maine residents we surveyed are concerned about gun violence. The concern takes a backseat to worries about violent crime, property crime, and package theft.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

Crime concerns in Maine

We asked Maine residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Mainers are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Maine: Fear vs. reality

Maine has the lowest violent crime rate in the US. Overall, violent crime in the state dropped by 8% with around 1,500 violent crimes reported.

  • Maine is one of 15 states that saw a drop in violent crime. 
  • The total number of violent crime incidents reported among the safest cities was cut nearly in half year over year—this might be the fewest total violent crimes reported by any state’s safest cities.
  • The number of Mainers surveyed that reported using some form of personal protection was 22%, with the US average coming to 34%.
  • 34% of Mainers surveyed say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, below the US average of 44%.

Attitudes about gun violence in Maine

Maine had no mass shooting incidences, compared to one the year before. Country-wide, there were 691 mass shootings.

  • 40% of Mainers surveyed named gun violence their top safety concern (US 53%).
  • 28% of those surveyed are most worried about a gun violence incident happening to them (US 38%).
  • 30% of Maine residents worry about police violence daily (US 40%).
  • 56% of those surveyed have confidence in law enforcement, which matches the national percentage.
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

Property crime in Maine: Fear vs. reality

Property crime has dropped steadily since 2019 in Maine, and each of its safest cities experienced less property crime than the rest of the state, region, and the national average.

  • Maine has the fourth-lowest property crime rate in the US.
  • 54% of those surveyed use some form of property protection (US 60%). 
  • Guard animals are the most popular form of property protection and are used by 27% of those we surveyed.
  • 20% say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic (US 29%).

A closer look at the safest cities in Maine

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • After 3 years on top, Cumberland was bumped to number 2 on the safest cities list by Kennebunk, which reported no violent crimes.
  • Oakland rose the most, jumping 20 spots to land at number 9 on our list.
  • Maine’s safest cities collectively reported fewer than 500 total crimes in the most recent FBI report.
  • Every one of the safest cities reported fewer than 0.5 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
  • 90% of the safest cities reported no murders, 90% reported no robberies, 50% reported no rapes, 50% reported no aggravated assaults.
  • 2 cities (Kennebunk and Cumberland) reported 0 burglaries, and Cape Elizabeth saw 0 motor vehicle thefts. 
  • An overwhelming majority of property crime was larceny-theft, with 382 instances reported in the safest cites. That number is down, though, from the year before when 395 were reported.
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

Image: SafeWise

The 10 safest cities in Maine

VC=Violent crime
PC=Property crime

Kennebunk
#1
Kennebunk
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+7
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,719
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,517
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.7, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.5, 4.0, 4.4
#2
Cumberland
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-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,327
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,300
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    2.5, 2.0, 2.1
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
#3
Cape Elizabeth
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,340
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $123,116
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.2, 4.9, 4.6
#4
Hampden
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+1
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)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,428
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,071
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.1, 7.1, 6.1
Eliot, Maine
#5
Eliot
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+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,990
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,835
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 1.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.7, 3.4, 7.1
#6
Gorham
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+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,167
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,767
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.5, 7.4, 5.3
Falmouth, Maine
#7
Falmouth
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+8
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,444
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $121,285
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.2, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.2, 11.0, 7.1
Belfast, Maine
#8
Belfast
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-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,681
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $62,857
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.4, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.9, 5.7, 13.9
Oakland, Maine
#9
Oakland
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+20
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,317
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $57,794
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 1.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.6, 9.5, 8.8
Gardiner, Maine
#10
Gardiner
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+6
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,639
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $49,627
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.7, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.0, 7.4, 8.8

How we determined the safest cities

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

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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina is a safety and security expert that has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. Her goal is to make safety and security gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification and paving the way to her current career. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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