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10 Safest Cities in Maine (2022 Update)

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Note: This article’s statistics come from third-party sources and do not represent the opinions of this website.

If you are moving to Maine or already a resident of the state, you are likely wondering how safe different parts of the state are. Overall, Maine is a relatively safe state, largely because of its affluent and rural communities.

Still, there is some crime in Maine, and certain cities are safer than others. To learn about the 10 safest cities in Maine, keep reading. We also offer tips for staying safe in Maine in the end.

Let’s dive right in.

divider 4The 10 Safest Cities in Maine: A Quick Look

1. Cumberland, ME

CumberlandME Library
CumberlandME Library, (Image Credit:Magicpiano, Wikimedia Commons CC 4.0 International )
Population: 8,295
Average Household Income: $102,300
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 9.2

Cumberland continues to be the top safest city in Maine. Its crime rate is 228.8 times lower than the national average. Plus, the crime rate keeps falling over the years, showing that Cumberland is becoming an even safer area to live in.

The vast majority of crimes in Cumberland are property-related. In contrast, there are very few violent crimes, and the entire city only has three registered sex offenders, further showing how safe the city is. Of the property crimes, most are thefts. The rest of the crimes are primarily auto thefts and burglaries.

Luckily for Cumberland residents, if you invest in good home protection, you don’t have as much to worry about when it comes to crime in Cumberland. As a result, this is the safest city to live in Maine in 2022.


2. Sabattus, ME

Main Street Market, Sabattus ME
Main Street Market, Sabattus ME, (Image Credit: John Phelan, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International )
Population: 8,295
Average Household Income: $52,385
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 9.8

The second safest city in Maine is Sabattus. It is in the 88th percentile in terms of safety compared to the entire nation. This means that Sabattus is safer than 88% of the other cities in the nation, whereas 12% of other cities are safer.

The safest place to live within the city is in the north neighborhoods. There, your chances of becoming a victim are only 1 in 110. However, you are more likely to become a victim of a crime in the west neighborhoods. The chances there are 1 in 62.

Whenever crimes do happen, most of them are property-related. There aren’t many violent crimes, but there are slightly more violent crimes than in Cumberland. Still, the city is incredibly safe, especially in the north area.


3. Cape Elizabeth, ME

Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Population: 8,295
Average Household Income: $52,385
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 7.4

Cape Elizabeth is another super safe city in Maine with a low violent crime rate of just 7.4, making it lower than our top pick. At the same time, it has a much higher property crime rate, which is at 18.2. This explains why Cape Elizabeth is not our top city.

If you are most concerned about violent crimes, though, that crime rate is low, making Cape Elizabeth is hands down one of the best cities you can move to. It truly is an incredibly safe city with beautiful views and a comfortable atmosphere.

Because of its high property crime rate, it’s important to put your best foot forward to protect your home, vehicles, and other properties. Make sure to invest in good security measures to help deter thieves and be cautious when going out on the town.


4. Yarmouth, ME

Yarmouth Maine harbour
Yarmouth Maine harbour, (Image Credit: NewTestLeper79, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Population: 8,518
Average Household Income: $112,387
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 9.5

Next up on our list is Yarmouth. Yarmouth is a coastal city that is just slightly north of Portland. Although Portland is one of the more dangerous cities in Maine, Yarmouth is one of the safest.

The violent crime rate in this affluent community is just 9.5. This makes it much safer than the national average. The property crime is lower than the national average, too, as well as the average in Cape Elizabeth. The property crime is just 15.3.

Yarmouth is so safe that it is often ranked in the 95th percentile or above in terms of safety compared to other cities in the US. This means that Yarmouth is typically safer than 95% of other cities in the nation.


5. Hampden, ME

36th and Roland Ave. Hampden MD1
36th and Roland Ave. Hampden MD1, (Image Credit: Acroterion, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 3.0 Unported)
Population: 7,257
Average Household Income: $87,629
Poverty Rate: 3.95%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 8.8

Hampden is one of the smaller towns on our list. This quaint town just has a population of over 7,000, but it has a low crime rate of 8.8. Its property crime is a bit higher than its violent crime, much like other areas in the state. Its property crime is 19.9.

In Hampden, a crime occurs only once every four days and three hours on average. The safest place to live in the entire city is in the southeast part. However, no matter where you live, you are still living in one of the safest cities in the nation, not just in Maine.

Due to the city’s design, you’re most likely to be a victim of a crime around the parks. Even though the city tries to protect the parks, there’s a higher crime rate, primarily because many people frequent here, but very few live in the area.


6. South Berwick, ME

Fogg Memorial Building, Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Maine
Fogg Memorial Building, Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Maine, (Image Credit: Wikiuser100, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Population: 7,524
Average Household Income: $75,341
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 11.4

Here we have another small city in Maine, but it has slightly higher crime rates than the cities we’ve looked at above. The violent crime rate in this city is at 11.4. This is still much lower than the national average.

Something else to know about South Berwick is that the crime rates for the city continue to fall. In fact, both violent crime and property crime have been decreasing by dramatic percentages ever since 2015.

This might mean that South Berwick is a good place to move to if you are looking for a city that continues to improve on its crime rate, which is already low. Something else to note is that South Berwick has one of the lowest numbers of sex offenders at three registered offenders.


7. Belfast, ME

Belfast, Maine
Belfast, Maine, (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons CC SA 3.0 Unported)
Population: 6,688
Average Household Income: $72,065
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 9.4

By glancing at the statistics above, Belfast ranks surprisingly low on our list considering its 9.4 violent crime rate. After all, South Berwick has a higher violent crime rate, yet it places above Belfast.

Although Belfast has a lower violent crime rate, it has a high property crime rate compared to Maine overall. The Belfast property crime rate is 34.6, almost identical to the US average (35.4) and is the highest on our list.

It is important to note that both crime rates have been decreasing in Belfast over the years. This shows that the community is at least making efforts to decrease this high property crime rate. Not to mention, the city has a very low violent crime rate, which is a major feat.


8. Kennebunk, ME

Wedding Cake House in Kennebunk Maine
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Population: 5,579
Average Household Income: $68,082
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 8.4

Kennebunk has been one of the safest cities in Maine for many years. Although it hasn’t quite topped the list before, it has consistently been a safe city and remains one. On average, a single crime occurs only once every two days and 10 hours in this city.

In addition to being very safe, Kennebunk is often ranked as one of the most livable cities in this state, meaning that living in Kennebunk is relatively affordable and convenient for most people.

It can be predicted that the reason Kennebunk is so safe is that it is a more affluent community. With the average household income being well over the average nation’s income, the city is relatively well off, resulting in more safety measures against violent crimes.


9. Gorham, ME

School Sreet, Gorham ME
School Sreet, Gorham ME, (Image Credit:John Phelan, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 3.0 Unported)
Population: 17,651
Average Household Income: $32,844
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 9.4

If you are a fan of cities, you might have been disappointed that nearly all the options on our list so far are relatively small communities. Although Gorham is far from being a large metropolis, it is notably larger than the other cities on this list, and it is still pretty safe.

Gorham only has a violent crime rate of 9.4. The crime rates are lower than the national average, which means you only have a one in 212 chance of being the victim of any type of crime in the city.

If you want to move to the safest part of the city, the southwest part is the safest. In comparison, the west neighborhoods tend to be the most dangerous. So, select your homes and shopping locations accordingly.


10. Bar Harbor, ME

Bar Harbor lighthouse
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Population: 5,535
Average Household Income: $66,591
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
Violent Crime Rate in 2021: 10

Finally, the last city on our list is Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor is a very small community of just about 5,500. It has relatively high violent crime rates and property crime rates in comparison to the other Maine cities on this list, which is why it is number 10. However, both rates are much lower than US averages.

The Bar Harbor violent crime rate is just at 10, with the US average being 22.7. As for the property crime, the Bar Harbor rate is 24.1. These rates show that far harbor is more dangerous than the other cities on this list, but it is far from being a super dangerous city to live in.

The safest place to live in Bar Harbor is in the northern area. In contrast, most crimes happen in the southern parts of the town.

divider 4How to Stay Safe in Maine

As we saw above, most of the cities in Maine do not have high violent crime rates. In fact, there are only, on average, 13 crimes for every 1,000 residents in the entire state. Not to mention, crime rates for the entire state have been falling by huge percentages, as much as 50%, over the last few years.

As a result, it’s more important to protect your property than yourself when you consider Maine crime rate statistics. In other words, since you are more likely to be a victim of a property crime in Maine, you want to have resources and tools to deter thieves or catch them in the act.

For example, having security around your home decreases your chance of being a victim of property crime in Maine by nearly 300%. This is a whopping number that just proves how important security measures are for defending against Maine property crime.

Just by investing in security, taking the time to make sure all doors and windows are locked, and other similar measures can decrease your chances of being a victim of a Maine crime dramatically.

divider 4Conclusion

If you are moving to Maine, know that the state is relatively safe, but the ten cities mentioned above are the safest. You’re most likely to be victims of property crime than violent crime, which is even better news.

To protect yourself from as many crime types as possible, invest in security measures and be smart whenever you leave your house. Just by doing a few things to protect yourself and your property, you are decreasing the chances of being a victim of crime dramatically.


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