7 Safest Cities in Maine: Safest Places to Live in ME

September 17, 2014

7 Safest Cities in Maine: Safest Places to Live in ME

The State of Maine, located in northeast corner of New England, is renowned for its unspoiled beauty. Mountains, forest ranges, rivers, picturesque waterfalls and a breathtaking coastline all combine to make Maine a superb choice for anyone looking to relocate to an area that seems almost set back in time. Small towns pepper the state but there is an abundance of untouched land, a haven of quiet for anyone who loves the outdoor.

However, reality encrusts on this idyllic state in the form of crime. Maine has its share of it, especially in the bigger towns throughout the state. We analyzed the 2012 FBI Crime Statistics for the state in order to bring you a listing of the safest cities to live in. In order to make our listing cities over 5000 in population needed to have low violent and property crime rates. If you are looking for Maine’s best cities to live in, look no further. These cities are the 7 safest in the state.

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1. Kennebunk, ME

Rich with history and tradition, Kennebunk is a York County town located on the coast. Its beautiful sandy beaches make it a favourite amongst tourists, making tourism the major industry in Kennebunk. Rivers, parks, hills and a spectacular harbor are perfect for those who are looking for impressive natural areas to enjoy. Its architecture, small boutiques, art galleries and more appeal to residents and visitors alike. The Kennebunk Police Department combines its dedicated staff with committed volunteer of its Citizens Police Academy in order to keep crime in this city lower than in any other Maine community.

Population: 10,864
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.92
Property Crimes per 1000: 14.27
Crime Index: 58
Safer than 58% of US cities

2. Topsham, ME

Celebrating its 250th year in 2014, Topsham is a small town in Sagadahoc County in southern Maine, a thirty minute drive north of Portland. Historic Topsham is located on the banks of Merrymeeting Bay where it meets the Androscoggin River. For the outdoorsperson, the Cathance Preserve’s forest and the fields of Bradley Pond are perfect for walkers and hikers of any ability. With a low crime rate, historical neighbourhoods, a variety of inviting special events, an impressive school system and pretty tree-lined streets, it is hard to find a better place to live. The Topsham Police Force works hard to ensure the low crime rate in the town.

Population: 8,770
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.68
Property Crimes per 1000: 24.97
Crime Index: 32
Safer than 32% of US cities

3. Gorham, ME

Gorham is the largest city on our list of safe cities in Maine, with over 16,000 residents. Located in Cumberland County in the southwest corner of the state, it was named second best town in the state by a financial website. Gorham is known for its rich history and scenic rural setting with an array of year-round recreational activities. The community values education and has a strong tradition of supporting the public schools and is home to a University of Southern Maine campus. As the fastest growing town in the state, this Greater Portland area community is delivering on what it offers those who move here: safe, small town living within a convenient drive to the city. The Gorham Police Department is committed to an exceptional standard of service to the town in order to keep its residents and visitors safe, making it a highly desirable place to live.

Population: 16,432
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.58
Property Crimes per 1000: 15.64
Crime Index: 52
Safer than 52% of US cities

4. Caribou, ME

Caribou is the second largest city in Aroostook County in northern Maine, not far from the Canadian border. Nestled on the northern bend of the Aroostook River, Caribou is an idyllic winter tourist destination for snowmobile enthusiasts and skiers who will enjoy its many cross-country ski trails. For the person who loves hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities, Caribou has something to offer in any season. The Caribou Police Department is committed to the public safety of the town and even utilizes an ATV program to maximize patrolling effectiveness. The embrace of necessary technology in order to communicate with residents of the area it serves helps to ensure that crime rates are very low in Caribou.

Population: 8,150
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.61
Property Crimes per 1000: 20.12
Crime Index: 42
Safer than 42% of US cities

5. Winslow, ME

Rural Winslow is located in Kennebec County in southern Maine, at the confluence of the Sebasticook River and the Kennebec River. It is the smallest city on our list with around 8000 residents, but is growing. The scenic city offers a rich history, outdoor activities year-round and great parks. The Winslow Police Department is a proactive police agency dedicated to excellence through quality customer service. It maintains a quality of professionalism for employees through training, development and education, with a constant emphasis on innovation and improvement. Its efforts pay off with impressively low crime rates in the town.

Population: 7,787
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.51
Property Crimes per 1000: 18.62
Crime Index: 46
Safer than 46% of US cities

6. Kittery, ME


Located in York County on the very southwest tip of the state, Kittery is a small seaside town of less than 10,000 people. Home to an abundance of outlet stores that draw major tourism, Kittery also contains fine examples of early architecture including the Fort Foster Historic Site and Fort McClary State Historic Site. The oldest incorporated town in Maine, it has a seaside district and is also home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Kittery Police Department ensures the safety and security of the community with a Purpose Driven Policing philosophy and a variety of initiatives that help to keep crime under control in the town. The low crime rates found in Kittery, despite its proximity to bigger centers, is one of the reasons the city is so highly regarded for those looking to move.

Population: 9,548
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.05
Property Crimes per 1000: 18.01
Crime Index: 47
Safer than 47% of US cities

7. Yarmouth, ME


Picturesque Yarmouth is located in Cumberland County on the south coast of the state, about 15 miles north of Portland. Part of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is a great choice for anyone who wants to enjoy small town living while being close to the city. The Royal River runs through the center of the mostly residential town. Residents can enjoy the falls, a pedestrian and bicycle path that runs through town and a variety of festivals and special events held there. One of the largest map making companies in the world DeLorme is headquartered in Yarmouth and has the world’s largest revolving globe. The town has a well equipped police department that ensures the safety of its residents and keeps the crime rate low, making it a great place to call home.
Most of the municipalities that meet our low crime rate requirements for inclusion on our list of safe cities in Maine are small towns slightly above or below 10,000 people. If you are looking to move to a safer place, choosing any of the 7 communities on our list is a sure bet that you will have a much more secure lifestyle than the vast majority of the state and country.

Population: 8,376
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1000: 9.31
Crime Index: 78
Safer than 78% of US cities

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7 Safest Cities in Maine: Safest Places to Live in ME

Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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