10 Most Dangerous Cities In Maine


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Pine Tree State for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Maine and is updated for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Maine?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Maine — and anyone looking to move to Maine — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Maine for 2019:

  1. Biddeford (Photos)
  2. Augusta (Photos)
  3. Waterville (Photos)
  4. Skowhegan (Photos)
  5. Portland (Photos)
  6. Bangor (Photos)
  7. Sanford
  8. Houlton (Photos)
  9. Presque Isle (Photos)
  10. Auburn (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Maine? After analyzing 55 cities in Maine, Biddeford takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Maine based on the most recent FBI data.

For a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Maine.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Maine reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Maine

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Maine For 2019

Biddeford, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,378
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 360 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,391 (6th most dangerous)
More on Biddeford:  Data | Photos

Located in the southern part of the state, Biddeford is the most violent place in Maine by a wide margin.

Compared to Augusta, Biddeford residents face a 55% higher chance of being the victim of violence, with 2017’s stats showing a 1 in 77 chance of it.

That’s mostly due to a crazy 51% upswing in violent crime between 2015-17. One could argue that, due to the violence, Biddeford really belongs at the top of this list.

Augusta, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,394
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 299 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,028 (8th most dangerous)
More on Augusta:  Data | Photos

It’s a semi-rare thing to see state’s capital on the list of most dangerous cities in that state — to see it as the one of the MOST dangerous? That’s unheard of.

But Augusta, the third smallest capital in America, is the 2nd most dangerous place in Maine, and the 5th most violent city.

Augusta residents faced a 1 in 334 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017 and a 1 in 33.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime — both statistics that have barely changed in recent years.

It’s also important to remember that dangerous is relative and Maine, as a whole, is super safe. Augusta wouldn’t even show up on most states top ten lists.

Waterville, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,522
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 193 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,200 (1st most dangerous)
More on Waterville:  Data | Photos

Just 25 miles north of Augusta, Waterville ranks 12th and 1st for violent and property crime.

And while the city is about half a violent as Biddeford, its below average score still earns it the title of 3rd most dangerous city in Maine.

The good news is that violent crime was reduced by about 10% from 2015-17, but the bad news is that property crime rose by 21% in that period.

Skowhegan, ME

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,255
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 218 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,476 (4th most dangerous)
More on Skowhegan:  Data | Photos

Skowhegan’s motto is “A Place to Watch,” but with their property crime as it is, they should maybe amend that to “A Place to Watch Your Wallet.”

While violent crime has remained stagnant in recent years, property crime went up by 19% between 2015-17.

That left Skowhegan residents with a 1 in 28.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 67,079
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 277 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,634 (11th most dangerous)
More on Portland:  Data | Photos

The most populated city in Maine and the commercial and cultural center of the southern half of the state, Portland also has a bit of a crime problem.

While violent crime went down by 7% between 2015-17, property crime remained consistent, affecting about 4% of the population each year.

Still, Portland’s property crime statistics are 56% better than Augusta’s, and its violent crime stats make it more than twice as safe as Biddeford.

Review Of Portland by HomeSnacks User

I feel very safe in the town. It has a very small town feel to it. It has excellent restaurants and some of the best Lobster Rolls anywhere in the country. I love the cobblestone streets and the old town look.

The downtown is full of bars and restaurants. Fresh seafood all around the city.

Bangor, ME

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 31,814
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,800 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Bangor:  Data | Photos

Bangor has the third highest population of any city in the state, and is the commercial center of eastern and northern Maine.

It’s also the 2nd worst spot for property crime in the state, with residents facing 1 in 26.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Violent crime remained stagnant from 2015-17, while property crime rose by 10%.

7. Sanford

Sanford, ME

Population: 20,963
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 228 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,690 (10th most dangerous)
More on Sanford:  | Photos

Located in the southern part of Maine, Sanford is the 7th most violent city in the state.

And violence has steadily been rising, up a total of 25% from 2015-17, leaving residents a 1 in 436 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Property crime, meanwhile, has remained stagnant at about 564 instances each year.

Houlton, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,781
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 622 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,179 (17th most dangerous)
More on Houlton:  Data | Photos

Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2015-17indicates that Houlton isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.

Houlton residents had a 1 in 160 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 45.9 chance of a property crime, 1st and 17th in the state, respectively.

Presque Isle, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,016
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 377 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,129 (18th most dangerous)
More on Presque Isle:  Data | Photos

Located in eastern Maine, Presque Isle is one of the smaller cities to appear on this list.

Presque Isle has achieved some impressive improvements in its crime rate in recent years, with violent crime falling by 34% from 2015-17, and property crime falling by about half as much.

Still, folks living in Presque Isle had a 1 in 47.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017, which is pretty unacceptable.

Auburn, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,931
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 174 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,104 (7th most dangerous)
More on Auburn:  Data | Photos

Auburn and Lewiston are twin cities, which may explain why they occupy proximate rankings on this list.

Located 35 miles north of Portland, Auburn has experienced an enormous 34% reduction of violent crime between 2015-17.

During the same time period, however, the 1 in 21 chance residents faced of being the victim of a property crime did not change much at all.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Maine for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 55 cities in Maine.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 55 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Maine — Biddeford.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Maine.

Locking It All Up In Maine

The latest FBI crime data shows that Biddeford ranks as the most dangerous city in Maine for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Biddeford and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Maine:

  1. South Berwick (Pop. 7,469)
  2. Cape Elizabeth (Pop. 9,383)
  3. Cumberland (Pop. 7,956)

For more Maine reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Maine?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Biddeford 21,378 360 3,391
2 Augusta 18,394 299 3,028
3 Waterville 16,522 193 4,200
4 Skowhegan 8,255 218 3,476
5 Portland 67,079 277 2,634
6 Bangor 31,814 150 3,800
7 Sanford 20,963 228 2,690
8 Houlton 5,781 622 2,179
9 Presque Isle 9,016 377 2,129
10 Auburn 22,931 174 3,104

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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2 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Maine

  1. SEEMS TO ME WE NEED TO CHANGE THE LAWS OF SELF DEFENSE. AND PROPERTY RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO PROTECT WHATS YOUR AT AL COST !!!!!!! You see crime drop !!!!!!!! KING OF HIS CASTLE LAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WORKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Biddeford is not very crime filled Sanford is way worse take into an account children setting bulidings on fire but no one says anything about that

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