These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Maine

It’s not always the biggest cities and college towns that are getting ‘Maine drunk’ the most.

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When you look at the data, Maine likes to drink.
But where in the state do they drink most you think?
What do you do in the long winter days,
But sit in the bars till the snow goes away.

Is there anything wrong with being called the drunkest city in your state?

Depending on the source you use, Maine is either the 8th or 12th drunkest state in the country. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse says Maine residents drink more than 30 beers a year each.

So while many people in Maine are content with a night in to watch the Sox/B’s/Patriots etc, many of the people there are out getting hammered more than just on the weekends.

How do you decide how much a place drinks? By the number of available places to buy booze, and by how often people are talking about drinking, that’s how.

Plus, we thought why not add in a stereotype? Studies have indicated that when one or both partners in a marriage are alcoholics, that couple is three times more likely to divorce.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Drunkest Cities in Maine:

  1. Portland
  2. Rockland
  3. Naples
  4. Augusta
  5. Kennebunk
  6. South Portland
  7. Kittery
  8. Belfast
  9. Ellsworth
  10. Bangor
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What drunken criteria did we use?

  • Number of bars and pubs per capita
  • Number of wineries per capita
  • Number of liquor stores per capita
  • Each city’s drunk related tweets within the last week
  • Each city’s divorce rate

For geo-located tweets, we measured the following raw number of tweets that came from within a city’s general area: #Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

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1. Portland

The gang at Oasis, Portland, ME. From the Facebook page

Population: 66,235
Divorce rate: 13.8%
Bars per capita: 2nd
Liquor stores per capita: 6th

So, we’re well aware that there are about 10 breweries in Portland, and people there get hammered just about every night of the week. There are just about more bars, pubs, wineries and liquor stores per capita than anywhere else in the state of Maine.

It is a surprise to people in Maine that Portland is the drunkest in the state? Probably not. But it’s the first time that the largest city in a state ranked first. And we’ve done lists on about 30 drunken states already.

One thing that stood out was the low divorce rate. However, it’s most likely due to the younger population in Portland.

2. Rockland

Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery, Rockland, ME. Google Maps.

Population: 7,314
Divorce rate: 21%
Bars per capita: 7th
Liquor stores per capita: 4th

Hey now, Rockland. Sounds like you guys are tore up from the floor up. According to the data and huge divorce rate, lots of you are burning the candle at both ends up there.

The number of bars and liquor stores per person are both in the top 10 in the state, and they don’t build bars where there aren’t people to sit in them, folks.

But what really makes Rockland a drunk city is the divorce rate here. 21% is by far the highest in Maine, and one of the highest we’ve ever seen, actually.

So, which was it, Rockland? The heavy drinking caused some relationship issues, or the bars are open later because 1 in 5 people is divorced?

3. Naples

Bray’s Brewing Company, Naples, ME. Google Maps

Population: 3,868
Divorce rate: 15%
Bars per capita: 5th
Liquor stores per capita: 3rd

Hard to believe it, but little ole’ Naples is one of the drunkest cities in the state. The divorce rate is one of the highest, and they have quite a few bars and taverns in their little town. They even have their own little brewery, Bray’s Brewing Company.

Naples is about 2 or 5 beers north of Portland, past Sebago Lake. But we’re pretty sure you guys know all of the back roads, right? (Wink, wink).

4. Augusta

Charlamagne’s Bar & Lounge, Augusta, ME. Google Maps.

Population: 18,769
Divorce rate: 20.2%
Bars per capita: 13th
Liquor stores per capita: 18th

Augusta has one of the highest divorce rates in Maine, and plenty of places to get liquored up to boot.

That simply has to be a factor for more than 1 in 5 people in Augusta calling it quits on their divorce.

5. Kennebunk

Sebago Brewing Company, Kennebunk, ME. Google Maps

Population: 10,437
Divorce rate: 13.9%
Bars per capita: 5th
Liquor stores per capita: 4th

More like Kenne-drunk, right?

Kennebunk is another fairly wealthy coastal town where there are lots of bars and liquor stores per person.

The divorce rate is lower than most other cities on this list. We’re assuming that having a large bank account makes it a lot easier to overlook lots of late nights passed out drunk on the couch.

There were hardly any drunk Tweets coming from Kennebunk. But this one is a gem:
“Drunk as a skunk in Kennebunk.”

6. South Portland

Evelyn’s Tavern, South Portland, ME. From their Facebook page

Population: 24,997
Divorce rate: 15.4%
Bars per capita: 18th
Liquor stores per capita: 15th

While South Portland doesn’t have as many bars and liquor stores per person as some of these other cities, it certainly does have a fair share. More than 1 in 7 people have hit the Big D already as well.

Twitter didn’t have lots to say about South Portland’s drinking scene. Most of the chatter involved people talking about folks being pulled over or arrested for drinking and driving.

7. Kittery

Tributary Brewing Company, Kittery, ME. From their Facebook page

Population: 9,490
Divorce rate: 18%
Bars per capita: 14th
Liquor stores per capita: 25th

New Hampshire is by far the drunkest state in the nation. And Kittery is right next door. Are they peer pressuring you guys or what?

And holy matrimony, Kittery. Your divorce rate is through the roof. Perhaps you guys should take a break every now and then and focus on the family.

If you’re newly divorced in Kittery, buck up cowboy and get back in the game. Who knows – the next Mrs. You might be out at some bar waiting for you to come and talk to her.

8. Belfast

Rollie’s Bar and Grill, Belfast, ME. Google Maps

Population: 6,664
Divorce rate: 14%
Bars per capita: 6th
Liquor stores per capita: 9th

Home of Belfast Brewing Company and Marshall Wharf Brewing Company, this little drunken enclave south of Bangor gets their drink on quite often. There’s plenty of places for this little town to get blitzed just about every night of the week.

9. Ellsworth

Pepper’s Pub, Ellsworth, ME. Google Maps

Population: 7,717
Divorce rate: 14.6%
Bars per capita: 7th
Liquor stores per capita: 8th

Ellsworth has a higher number of drinking opportunities per person than almost anywhere else in Maine. And like other cities on this list, the divorce rate is high.

In fact, Maine seems to have a really high divorce rate across the board.

The only Twitter mentions of partying in Ellsworth came from a couple of people talking about going to a kid’s birthday party. Hey, we’re not judging you guys up in Ellsworth. Any chance to throw a few back – even if it’s at a 5 year old’s cupcake party.

10. Bangor

Main Tavern, Bangor, ME. Google Maps

Population: 32,988
Divorce rate: 16%
Liquor stores per capita: 9th
Bars per capita: 18th

One of Maine’s largest cities is also one of its drunkest. If the number of places to get bleary eyed isn’t enough, Twitter sure had lots to say about it.

There were lots of people talking about being ‘Bangor drunk’ and ‘Getting drunk to they don’t remember they are in Bangor.’

This one was a gem:

“This time next week I’ll be back in Bangor, meaning I’ll either be on the piss or in bed drunk. I’m fine with either.”

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Maine where there are a high number of divorced people, bars and liquor stores, and where people are talking about drinking the most often, this is an accurate list.

We also wrote about the most redneck cities in Maine if you didn’t read it yet. Click here to read that one.

Desktop users: Here’s a complete chart with the drunkest cities in Maine, along with their divorce rates:

City Divorce Rate Rank
portland 13.81% 1
rockland 21.16% 2
naples 15.08% 3
augusta 20.2% 4
kennebunk 13.90% 5
south portland 15.44% 6
kittery 18.07% 7
belfast 14.07% 8
ellsworth 14.56% 9
bangor 16.02% 10
old orchard beach 15.69% 11
brunswick 15.48% 12
topsham 15.56% 13
rockport 15.08% 14
bath 13.79% 15
calais 14.30% 16
sanford 17.33% 17
gardiner 14.06% 18
skowhegan 18.51% 19
rumford 15.20% 21
waterville 15.39% 22
scarborough 11.42% 23
biddeford 13.17% 24
yarmouth 7.23% 25
madawaska 12.69% 26
woolwich 13.16% 27
boothbay 14.96% 27
belgrade 20.95% 29
springvale 16.46% 30
millinocket 14.85% 31
york 10.69% 32
york harbor 12.44% 33
wells 8.89% 34
farmington 6.82% 35
lewiston 15.49% 36
auburn 14.76% 37
casco 17.13% 38
casco 17.13% 39
pittsfield 16.58% 40
alfred 18.20% 41
houlton 14.14% 42
caribou 16.57% 43
brewer 13.12% 44
westbrook 14.66% 45
raymond 12.22% 46
orono 4.32% 47
south berwick 13.84% 48
harpswell 14.02% 49
eliot 12.80% 50
presque isle 12.68% 51
falmouth 10.45% 52
falmouth 10.45% 53
warren 20.89% 54
sabattus 15.49% 55
jay 17.09% 55
windham 13.68% 57
cape elizabeth 11.16% 58
litchfield 17.99% 59
paris 17.48% 60
fort kent 11.98% 61
lebanon 15.68% 62
old town 9.74% 63
poland 13.13% 64
cape neddick 9.81% 64
lisbon 14.32% 66
lake arrowhead 15.95% 67
saco 9.08% 68
gorham 10.14% 69
waterboro 12.43% 70
buxton 13.57% 71
lincoln 9.18% 72
china 13.11% 73
holden 11.70% 74
lisbon falls 11.37% 75
limington 12.09% 76
vassalboro 13.46% 77
new gloucester 12.77% 78
south sanford 12.49% 79
winslow 10.38% 80
durham 11.51% 81
cumberland 12.71% 82
orrington 10.51% 83
greene 11.84% 84
south eliot 12.65% 85
hermon 12.53% 86
north windham 12.50% 86
monmouth 12.10% 88
north yarmouth 8.74% 89
hollis 12.03% 90
arundel 10.00% 91
turner 11.56% 92
sidney 11.78% 93
west gardiner 11.23% 94
standish 9.60% 95
standish 9.60% 96
hampden 7.53% 97
lyman 8.76% 98
glenburn 10.29% 99
bowdoin 8.36% 100

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Maine

  1. As a proper journalist, you’re quite sure that all of those Twitter comments were about Bangor, Maine, US and NOT about Bangor, Wales, UK? Because Bangor, Wales, UK is a big college town (city) quite well known for it’s drunk students.

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