The data is in and, according to the 2016 FBI crime report, Maine is still one of the safest places to live in the United States.
Wells, a cozy coastal town with a population of 10,000, tops our list this year with a violent crime rate 95% lower than the national average. With only 0.2 violent crimes per 1,000 people and just over 12 property crimes per 1,000 people, Wells is an outstanding community when it comes to safety.
Second on our list is the picturesque town of Scarborough. Known for its outdoor activity offerings, Scarborough could also be known for its safety record. With a violent crime rate that is 87% lower than the national average, it too is a great place to raise a family in a safe environment.
The other three cities on our list, York, South Portland, and Lewiston, all boast similar numbers. York comes in with 0.62 violent crimes per 1,000 people, which is 86% lower than the national average. South Portland has 1.71 violent crimes per 1,000 people, and Lewiston has 1.77 violent crimes, both of which are about 65% lower than the national average.
In fact, the Pine Tree State as a whole has an average violent crime rate nearly 65% lower than the national average and a property crime rate nearly 18% lower than the national average. This is great news and maintains the Northeast’s long-standing ranking as the region of the United States with the lowest murder rate. Numbers like that are what lead U.S. News & World Report to list Maine as the safest state in America.
For even more information and resources on staying safe in Maine, see our Maine Safety Directory, where you’ll find tips on emergency preparedness, crime prevention, and more.