Worst Small Towns In Maine For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Maine are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Maine.

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Most Americans have never been to Maine. However, as the people who live there know, Maine is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Maine has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Pine Tree State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 68 of Maine's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Maine where you'd never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in Maine for 2020:

  1. Milo
  2. Madison (Photos)
  3. Anson
  4. Van Buren
  5. Wiscasset
  6. Fairfield
  7. Machias
  8. Howland
  9. Limestone
  10. Washburn

So what is the worst small town to call home in maine for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Milo is the worst small town to live in Maine.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Maine has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Maine or the worst places to live in Maine.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Maine For 2020

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Population: 2,233
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $64,800 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (10th worst)
More on Milo:  Data

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Population: 2,502
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $77,700 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.7% (5th worst)
More on Madison:  Data | Photos

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3
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Population: 1,057
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $67,500 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.6% (1st worst)
More on Anson:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,687
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $62,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (52nd worst)
More on Van Buren:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,042
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $208,300 (57th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (20th worst)
More on Wiscasset:  Data

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4
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Population: 3,152
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $87,600 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.2% (13th worst)
More on Fairfield:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,060
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $102,300 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.6% (2nd worst)
More on Machias:  Data

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Population: 1,106
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $87,900 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (22nd worst)
More on Howland:  Data

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Population: 1,426
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $71,800 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (24th worst)
More on Limestone:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,065
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $81,700 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (17th worst)
More on Washburn:  Data

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Maine, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Maine for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 68 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Maine

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Pine Tree State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Maine, according to science:

  1. York Harbor (Pop. 2,542)
  2. Cape Neddick (Pop. 2,316)
  3. Falmouth Foreside (Pop. 1,544)

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Maine

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Milo 2,233 11.1% $64,800
2 Madison 2,502 13.7% $77,700
3 Anson 1,057 24.6% $67,500
4 Van Buren 1,687 3.2% $62,300
5 Wiscasset 1,042 8.6% $208,300
6 Fairfield 3,152 10.2% $87,600
7 Machias 1,060 20.6% $102,300
8 Howland 1,106 7.9% $87,900
9 Limestone 1,426 6.9% $71,800
10 Washburn 1,065 9.0% $81,700
11 Calais 2,998 5.0% $87,300
12 Lincoln 2,703 3.8% $84,700
13 Rumford 3,771 11.8% $75,700
14 Waldoboro 1,260 5.5% $189,800
15 Newport 1,760 5.7% $146,900
16 Fort Kent 2,291 6.3% $105,700
17 Livermore Falls 1,589 19.6% $79,000
18 Greenville 1,075 14.0% $118,800
19 Dexter 2,287 7.9% $94,900
20 Eastport 1,351 9.0% $110,900
21 Dixfield 1,292 6.1% $100,000
22 Wilton 1,982 10.6% $92,400
23 East Millinocket 1,673 9.0% $56,500
24 Norway 2,703 5.6% $105,800
25 Millinocket 4,314 4.5% $63,900
26 Dover-Foxcroft 2,496 5.3% $112,200
27 Houlton 4,693 3.3% $88,300
28 Pittsfield 2,873 7.5% $121,100
29 South Paris 2,158 11.4% $124,200
30 Norridgewock 1,283 3.1% $109,900
31 Fort Fairfield 1,610 3.2% $87,500
32 North Berwick 1,389 6.1% $221,900
33 Farmingdale 2,068 13.7% $142,700
34 Randolph 1,996 5.5% $125,200
35 Richmond 1,602 5.3% $160,500
36 Madawaska 2,633 2.0% $95,800
37 Blue Hill 1,011 0.6% $277,100
38 Oakland 2,292 2.2% $154,100
39 Bridgton 2,198 5.7% $156,300
40 Winterport 1,195 6.0% $166,900
41 Farmington 3,878 9.7% $167,300
42 Milford 2,191 6.1% $107,800
43 Searsport 1,030 0.0% $171,500
44 Thomaston 2,018 2.5% $215,100
45 Fryeburg 1,548 1.1% $154,400
46 Mexico 1,626 3.3% $78,500
47 Damariscotta 1,286 2.8% $281,100
48 Bar Harbor 2,172 11.7% $276,800
49 Chisholm 1,411 3.1% $129,100
50 Winthrop 2,594 10.6% $181,600
51 Mechanic Falls 1,894 0.0% $110,500
52 Hallowell 2,506 4.7% $193,200
53 Camden 3,442 2.7% $295,900
54 West Kennebunk 1,023 8.6% $345,600
55 Boothbay Harbor 1,131 0.9% $205,900
56 South Eliot 3,325 3.4% $303,400
57 Kittery 4,376 6.1% $269,200
58 Lisbon Falls 4,189 2.5% $145,900
59 Hampden 3,889 2.1% $199,000
60 Scarborough 4,796 2.2% $302,700
61 Berwick 2,415 2.0% $198,500
62 Falmouth 2,049 5.0% $436,500
63 Freeport 1,412 3.8% $195,500
64 Kennebunkport 1,121 1.4% $435,400
65 Cumberland Center 2,644 5.4% $315,500
66 York Harbor 2,542 2.4% $373,600
67 Cape Neddick 2,316 1.2% $417,200
68 Falmouth Foreside 1,544 4.1% $517,900

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One thought on “Worst Small Towns In Maine, 2020

  1. Wow! I would think you’d do some research! The populations you have of these towns are super low! You are way off!

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