The Murder Capitals Of Maine For 2021

These are the places in Maine where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in Maine and is updated for 2021.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Maine?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Maine.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Pine Tree State for 2021:

  1. Paris
  2. Portland (Photos)
  3. Gardiner (Photos)
  4. Presque Isle (Photos)
  5. Old Orchard Beach (Photos)
  6. Waterville (Photos)
  7. Scarborough (Photos)
  8. Auburn (Photos)
  9. Bangor (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Maine? That would be Paris with 39.1 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Portland with 3.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 9 cities in Maine where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 46 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Pine Tree State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Maine For 2021

1. Paris

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Population: 5,112
Rank Last Year: 28
Murders: 2 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 39.1 (Most)
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Portland, ME

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Population: 66,458
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 3 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.5 (7th Most)
More on Portland:  Data | Photos

Gardiner, ME

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Population: 5,645
Rank Last Year: 47
Murders: 1 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 17.7 (2nd Most)
More on Gardiner:  Data | Photos

Presque Isle, ME

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Population: 8,918
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 1 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 11.2 (3rd Most)
More on Presque Isle:  Data | Photos

Old Orchard Beach, ME

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Population: 8,946
Rank Last Year: 12
Murders: 1 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 11.2 (4th Most)
More on Old Orchard Beach:  Data | Photos

Waterville, ME

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Population: 16,765
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 1 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.0 (5th Most)
More on Waterville:  Data | Photos

Scarborough, ME

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Population: 20,542
Rank Last Year: 38
Murders: 1 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.9 (6th Most)
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Auburn, ME

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Population: 23,214
Rank Last Year: 5
Murders: 1 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.3 (8th Most)
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Bangor, ME

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Population: 31,872
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 1 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.1 (9th Most)
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How we calculated the murder capitals of Maine

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in Maine for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 9 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In Maine For 2021

If you're looking at the places in Maine with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Maine For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Paris, ME 2 39.12
2 Portland, ME 3 4.51
3 Gardiner, ME 1 17.71
4 Presque Isle, ME 1 11.21
5 Old Orchard Beach, ME 1 11.18
6 Waterville, ME 1 5.96
7 Scarborough, ME 1 4.87
8 Auburn, ME 1 4.31
9 Bangor, ME 1 3.14

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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