These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Maine


We used data and science to identify which places in Maine are total snoozefests.

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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 ME are so lucky.

Just like in all U.S. States, there are definitely some boring places within Maine’s borders. You know the places: the ones 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 Maine. 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:

  1. Calais
  2. Caribou
  3. Belfast
  4. Ellsworth
  5. Hallowell
  6. Presque Isle
  7. Brewer
  8. Saco
  9. Augusta
  10. Auburn

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.

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How we determined the boring cities in the Pine Tree State

To figure out how boring a place is, we rely on a complex algorithm that factors in things we generally think make people exciting, and then we figure out which cities have the least number of those exciting people. Here are some of the things people tend to think of as making a city’s population boring:

  • % of Population Over 35 (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)
  • % of Households with People Over 65 (higher is more boring)
  • Population density (lower is more boring)

Then, our algorithm generates several lists of the cities that have plenty of residents with high rankings in all of these categories. After a crunching of the numbers, a list of all of the cities magically appears listing them from most boring to most exciting.

For this list, we used every Maine city that qualified for our rankings based on having a population of 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.

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1. Calais

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 3,091
Average Age: 48.0
Married Households: 48.1%
Households With Kids: 25.7%

2. Caribou

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 8,099
Average Age: 43.7
Married Households: 50.3%
Households With Kids: 27.2%

3. Belfast

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 6,672
Average Age: 43.2
Married Households: 47.7%
Households With Kids: 29.7%

4. Ellsworth

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 7,777
Average Age: 45.2
Married Households: 52.7%
Households With Kids: 27.2%

5. Hallowell

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 2,412
Average Age: 50.4
Married Households: 40.8%
Households With Kids: 18.6%

6. Presque Isle

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 9,568
Average Age: 43.1
Married Households: 46.2%
Households With Kids: 25.1%

7. Brewer

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 9,428
Average Age: 40.8
Married Households: 53.8%
Households With Kids: 28.6%

8. Saco

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 18,647
Average Age: 42.3
Married Households: 52.6%
Households With Kids: 26.6%

9. Augusta

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 19,002
Average Age: 42.7
Married Households: 41.6%
Households With Kids: 23.7%

10. Auburn

Boring Maine

Source: wikipedia

Population: 23,040
Average Age: 40.5
Married Households: 47.2%
Households With Kids: 28.1%

Now That You’re Asleep

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

Just not these places.

Detailed List Of Boring Cities In Maine

City Rank Population Average Age Married Households Households With Kids
Calais 1 3,091 48.0 48.1% 25.7%
Caribou 2 8,099 43.7 50.3% 27.2%
Belfast 3 6,672 43.2 47.7% 29.7%
Ellsworth 4 7,777 45.2 52.7% 27.2%
Hallowell 5 2,412 50.4 40.8% 18.6%
Presque Isle 6 9,568 43.1 46.2% 25.1%
Brewer 7 9,428 40.8 53.8% 28.6%
Saco 8 18,647 42.3 52.6% 26.6%
Augusta 9 19,002 42.7 41.6% 23.7%
Auburn 10 23,040 40.5 47.2% 28.1%
Gardiner 11 5,761 41.0 49.0% 30.9%
Rockland 12 7,273 46.9 39.5% 18.7%
Bath 13 8,456 40.7 46.1% 21.2%
Westbrook 14 17,578 39.2 45.2% 28.5%
South Portland 15 25,073 40.0 44.3% 28.8%
Old Town 16 7,799 33.5 47.7% 24.7%
Lewiston 17 36,536 38.1 38.6% 27.3%
Biddeford 18 21,318 35.6 43.3% 27.8%
Waterville 19 15,798 36.8 37.6% 21.7%
Bangor 20 32,900 36.5 36.9% 23.5%
Portland 21 66,227 37.0 37.0% 20.8%

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10 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Maine

  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. 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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