10 Most Dangerous Cities In Maine For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Pine Tree State for 2020.

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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 2020.

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If you’ve ever been on Maine Ave. in Rumford or Q St. in South Portland, you know that Maine can be pretty dangerous.

Yes, Maine has some super friendly people and some pretty great scenery, but there are many places in Vacationland that are losing the war on crime; and lucky for you, RoadSnacks is here to tell you just where the most dangerous places in Maine are located for 2020. How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 55 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that Maine is much lower than the national average in terms of violent and property crime. And, shockingly, the city with the most assaults and murders in the state has less than 6,000 residents.

What’s even crazier is that Maine had a total of 121 violent crimes and 1,507 property crimes and managed to stay out of the top twenty most dangerous states in the country for 2020. Not to mention, not one of The Pine Tree State’s cities made the list of most dangerous cities in the country for 2020. But, folks, Maine’s most dangerous places are not so lucky. These places need better employment opportunities, higher wages, and strong rehabilitation programs to combat their growing crime rates.

So, want to know the places in Maine that could use a hug? Keep reading.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Maine for 2020:

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

It’s not lost on us that many of Maine’s cheapest places are also the state’s most dangerous–this is usually how it works. And this is definitely what is happening in Maine’s number one most dangerous city: rent is cheap, jobs are scarce, and crime is high.

So, where is the most dangerous place in Maine for 2020? That would be, Augusta.

If you want to know where the rest of the most dangerous places in Maine are located, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

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

Most Dangerous Cities In Maine Graph

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Maine For 2020

Augusta, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,523
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 323 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,336 (2nd 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 most dangerous place in Maine, and the 2nd most violent city.

Augusta residents faced a 1 in 308 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018 and a 1 in 30.0 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.

Skowhegan, ME

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,223
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 304 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,137 (6th 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 2017-2018.

That left Skowhegan residents with a 1 in 31.9 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

Biddeford, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,519
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 297 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,127 (7th most dangerous)
More on Biddeford:  Data | Photos

Located in the southern part of the state, Biddeford is the 4th most violent place in Maine.

Compared to Augusta, Biddeford residents face a 55% higher chance of being the victim of violence, with 2018’s stats showing a 1 in 64 chance of it.

Houlton, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,770
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 329 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,166 (13th most dangerous)
More on Houlton:  Data | Photos

Houlton places 4th in our list of the most dangerous cities in Maine.

Violent crime is an issue here as it ranks 1st in the state for that criteria, while ranking 13th for property crime.

High levels of unemployment and poverty probably contribute to above average rates of crime.

Auburn, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,031
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 217 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,321 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Auburn:  Data | Photos

Located 35 miles north of Portland, Auburn has experienced an enormous 34% reduction of violent crime between 2017-2018.

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.

Bangor, ME

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 31,746
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 176 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,095 (1st 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 worst spot for property crime in the state, with residents facing 1 in 24.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

Violent crime remained stagnant from 2017-2018, while property crime rose by 10%.

Rumford, ME

Source: Wikipedia

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,712
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 227 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,203 (5th most dangerous)
More on Rumford:  Data | Photos

Rumford, with a population of 5,712 ranks as the 7th most dangerous city based on 2018 data.

Between 2017-2018, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 439 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.

Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning Rumford may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.

Waterville, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,729
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 179 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,204 (4th most dangerous)
More on Waterville:  Data | Photos

Just 25 miles north of Augusta, Waterville ranks 12th and 4th 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 8th most dangerous city in Maine.

The good news is that violent crime was reduced by about 10% from 2017-2018, but the bad news is that property crime rose by 21% in that period.

9. Sanford

Sanford, ME

Population: 21,062
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 265 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,696 (10th most dangerous)
More on Sanford:  | Photos

Located in the southern part of Maine, Sanford is the 9th most violent city in the state.

And violence has steadily been rising, up a total of 25% from 2017-2018, leaving residents a 1 in 376 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.

Property crime, meanwhile, has remained stagnant at about 568 instances each year.

Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 66,997
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 286 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,426 (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 2017-2018, 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.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Maine for 2020?

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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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 — Augusta. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

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 Augusta ranks as the most dangerous city in Maine for 2020.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Augusta 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. Cumberland (Pop. 8,274)
  2. Cape Elizabeth (Pop. 9,358)
  3. Sabattus (Pop. 5,057)

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 Augusta 18,523 323 3,336
2 Skowhegan 8,223 304 3,137
3 Biddeford 21,519 297 3,127
4 Houlton 5,770 329 2,166
5 Auburn 23,031 217 3,321
6 Bangor 31,746 176 4,095
7 Rumford 5,712 227 3,203
8 Waterville 16,729 179 3,204
9 Sanford 21,062 265 2,696
10 Portland 66,997 286 2,426
Download The Entire Maine Ranking Data

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 For 2020

  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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