The 10 Most Boring Places In Maine For 2023

The most boring places in Maine are Calais and Caribou for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

There’s no denying it: there are plenty of places in Maine that are downright beautiful and full of excitement.

Unfortunately, not all towns and cities in Pine Tree State are so lucky.

Just like in all U.S. States, there are definitely some boring places within Maine’s’ borders. You know the places where everyone has an AARP card and the most exciting thing they do all day is post a picture of their grandchild on Facebook.

Like Calais, for instance. In our latest analysis, we found that this city was the most boring city in all of Oklahoma according to Saturday Night Science. But don’t feel bad if you’re a resident of Calais. There are plenty of other boring, lackluster places in Maine as well.

Here they are. Try not to jump out of your seat with excitement.

Don’t freak out, in fact, believe it not, a boring city is actually one a lot of people would like to call home.

Before you get all upset if your city’s name is on the list, rest assured that we didn’t use personal opinion when it comes to what classifies a city or town as “boring” or “exciting”. We crunched actual numbers to figure out which towns are statistically more boring.

Showing this data to you is the kind of thing that a real estate agent knows, but would never share.

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Most Boring Places In Maine For 2023

Calais, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 3,078
Average Age: 49.9
% Married: 25.0%
More on Calais: Data | Crime | Real Estate

Caribou, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 7,454
Average Age: 52.2
% Married: 33.0%
More on Caribou: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Presque Isle, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 8,772
Average Age: 44.5
% Married: 34.0%
More on Presque Isle: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Ellsworth, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 8,478
Average Age: 43.5
% Married: 27.0%
More on Ellsworth: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Belfast, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,953
Average Age: 60.3
% Married: 20.0%
More on Belfast: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Saco, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 20,446
Average Age: 43.2
% Married: 24.0%
More on Saco: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Augusta, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 18,938
Average Age: 44.9
% Married: 19.0%
More on Augusta: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Brewer, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 9,633
Average Age: 39.0
% Married: 30.0%
More on Brewer: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Bath, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 8,775
Average Age: 43.5
% Married: 26.0%
More on Bath: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Gardiner, ME

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Overall SnackAbility

Population: 5,994
Average Age: 43.2
% Married: 33.0%
More on Gardiner: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Methodology: How we determined the boring cities in the Pine Tree State

You would present the following case to your friends if you were argueing with them at a bar about the most boring place to live in Maine. And that’s why we call it Saturday Night Science.

Because our data speaks more truth than feelings.

To figure out how boring a place is, we factored in things we generally think make people exciting, and then we figure out which cities have the least number of those exciting people.

We used the U.S. American Community Census data to gather the information presented here. HSome of the things people tend to think of as making a city’s population boring include:

  • % of Population Over 25 (higher is more boring)
  • % of Married Household (higher is more boring)
  • Average Age (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households With Kids (higher is more boring)
  • Population density (lower is more boring)

Then, our algorithm generates a ranking for each place in these categories. After crunching the numbers, all of the cities ranked from most boring to most exciting.

For this ranking, we used every Maine city with at least 2,000 residents. This keeps us from prejudicing our rankings by including very small pockets of retired people.

Grab your rocker and hold on.

We updated this article for 2023, and it’s our tenth time ranking the most boring cities in Maine.

There You Have It – Now That You’re Asleep

On a ranking like this, there are usually no winners, but since Maine isn’t necessarily the most boring state in the United States, the cities on this ranking can at least take solace that there are, in fact, more boring cities in the country.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the most exciting places in Maine, according to science:

  1. Portland
  2. Biddeford
  3. Waterville

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Detailed List Of The Most Boring Cities In Maine For 2023

Rank City Population Average Age % Married % Kids
1 Calais, ME 3,078 49.9 25.0% 23.8%
2 Caribou, ME 7,454 52.2 33.0% 19.6%
3 Presque Isle, ME 8,772 44.5 34.0% 22.1%
4 Ellsworth, ME 8,478 43.5 27.0% 20.8%
5 Belfast, ME 6,953 60.3 20.0% 18.5%
6 Saco, ME 20,446 43.2 24.0% 28.6%
7 Augusta, ME 18,938 44.9 19.0% 21.7%
8 Brewer, ME 9,633 39.0 30.0% 25.6%
9 Bath, ME 8,775 43.5 26.0% 24.0%
10 Gardiner, ME 5,994 43.2 33.0% 20.6%
11 Hallowell, ME 2,558 49.5 16.0% 11.1%
12 Westbrook, ME 20,339 37.7 26.0% 23.1%
13 Auburn, ME 24,038 39.4 25.0% 24.6%
14 Rockland, ME 6,986 45.3 16.0% 17.6%
15 Lewiston, ME 37,577 39.5 27.0% 23.3%
16 South Portland, ME 26,656 41.0 22.0% 22.0%
17 Bangor, ME 31,705 40.6 21.0% 22.9%
18 Waterville, ME 15,785 35.2 23.0% 25.7%
19 Biddeford, ME 22,438 36.8 21.0% 19.7%
20 Portland, ME 68,280 37.6 13.0% 17.5%
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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10 thoughts on “The 10 Most Boring Places In Maine For 2023

  1. These were horrible metrics to use for Maine cities, as they’re all small compared to other states. Also, you are missing the mark big time with ‘old people’ = 35+ = boring.

    What you needed to include was if there are restaurants, entertainment venues (bars, playhouses, etc.), non big-box store shopping, recreational opportunities (hello kayaking on the Kennebec when the sturgeon jump next to your boat).

    But maybe I’m just boring. I’m over 50, live in #11 and work in #9 and play in #5.

  2. Don’t listen to Lisa, she’s totally boring.

    She’s right about the entertainment venues though – nothing is more boring than young unmarried kidless adults sitting around at home watching TV. That kind of boredom leads to online fluff pieces using silly statistics to rank things.

  3. So the least boring is: a community of 18-35 y/o (preferably all 18 y/o), unmarried and without kids.

    Isn’t this where Pinocchio went and became a jack ass?

  4. I grew up almost equidistant between #1 and #4… and #4 was the only place to go to do ANYTHING. Is it any wonder I escaped as soon as I turned 18?

  5. I never really considered if a place could be boring. I must be one of those boring old peoples. Bangor came out 20th, home of Stephen King and his radio stations, does that rate for anything? We even have a MM Dispensary, now that can’t be boring. One should note, Bangor has a police and fire department, and even a post office, that’s more than some towns have. I think life is what you make it. At least Bar Harbor didn’t make this hot list.

  6. The fact that there is nothing here from Piscataquis County tells me that you have no idea what you are talking about.

  7. How do you know when your state is boring? hmmm let me think. Perhaps if you take a look at the headlines in the BDN . Meth labs, drunk drivers, methadone clinics, booze sold in supermarkets and convenience stores on every corner.pot is the greatest thing since hot buttered popcorn. Trans genders need a place to woo woo ( how many are there to disrupt an entire school system 2 ? ) Shall I go on or do you get the point. That’s why I moved 1500 miles away. For reference, I can trace my ancestry to Maine as far back as the revolutionary war.

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