These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Maine

We used science and data to determine which places in Maine are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Maine?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Maine – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Maine cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Pine Tree State:

  1. Farmington
  2. Lewiston (Photos)
  3. Old Orchard Beach (Photos)
  4. Portland (Photos)
  5. Bangor (Photos)
  6. Lincoln
  7. Waterville (Photos)
  8. Farmingdale
  9. Madison
  10. Orono

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Kennebunk is the happiest place in Maine.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.


How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Maine

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Maine, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Maine with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 43 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Maine’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.


1. Farmington

Population: 4,142
People Who Own Their Home: 32.78%
Married Adults: 26.82%

2. Lewiston

Lewiston, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,410
People Who Own Their Home: 43.65%
Married Adults: 39.97%

3. Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,679
People Who Own Their Home: 35.35%
Married Adults: 43.93%

4. Portland

Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,317
People Who Own Their Home: 39.68%
Married Adults: 36.18%

5. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,800
People Who Own Their Home: 40.12%
Married Adults: 34.98%

6. Lincoln

Population: 2,947
People Who Own Their Home: 46.9%
Married Adults: 39.28%

7. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,886
People Who Own Their Home: 41.72%
Married Adults: 35.56%

8. Farmingdale

Farmingdale, Maine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,056
People Who Own Their Home: 57.99%
Married Adults: 39.72%

9. Madison

Madison, Maine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,648
People Who Own Their Home: 56.03%
Married Adults: 45.31%

10. Orono

Population: 9,514
People Who Own Their Home: 37.53%
Married Adults: 20.08%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Maine

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Farmington 1 32.78%
Lewiston 2 43.65%
Old Orchard Beach 3 35.35%
Portland 4 39.68%
Bangor 5 40.12%
Lincoln 6 46.9%
Waterville 7 41.72%
Farmingdale 8 57.99%
Madison 9 56.03%
Orono 10 37.53%
Ellsworth 11 48.81%
Biddeford 12 40.71%
Augusta 13 46.87%
Houlton 14 47.99%
Old Town 15 49.43%
Richmond 16 57.83%
Belfast 17 53.63%
Bath 18 48.94%
Auburn 19 51.53%
Fairfield 20 59.47%
Skowhegan 21 50.74%
Pittsfield 22 56.23%
Westbrook 23 58.65%
Rockland 24 52.77%
Thomaston 25 57.64%
Presque Isle 26 51.15%
Saco 27 57.79%
Brunswick 28 57.39%
Berwick 29 63.98%
Camden 30 51.48%
Lake Arrowhead 31 64.9%
South Portland 32 57.01%
Gardiner 33 58.29%
Milford 34 63.12%
Oakland 35 52.91%
Winslow 36 69.01%
Gorham 37 66.32%
Caribou 38 58.94%
Brewer 39 58.23%
Yarmouth 40 65.15%
Topsham 41 66.36%
Falmouth 42 56.06%
Kennebunk 43 57.79%

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.