These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Maine For 2018

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

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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 26 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:

  1. Eagle Lake
  2. Hartland
  3. Unity
  4. Ashland
  5. Guilford
  6. Bingham
  7. Blue Hill
  8. Mars Hill
  9. Mapleton
  10. Anson

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.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 26 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.

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1. Eagle Lake

Population: 481
Median Income: $27,132
Median Home Value: $83,400

2. Hartland

Population: 787
Median Income: $24,583
Median Home Value: $73,300

3. Unity

Population: 518
Median Income: $19,511
Median Home Value: $165,000

4. Ashland

Population: 662
Median Income: $36,250
Median Home Value: $82,900

5. Guilford

Population: 962
Median Income: $30,046
Median Home Value: $99,600

6. Bingham

Population: 593
Median Income: $36,042
Median Home Value: $82,100

7. Blue Hill

Population: 865
Median Income: $34,014
Median Home Value: $290,000

8. Mars Hill

Population: 859
Median Income: $27,188
Median Home Value: $97,400

9. Mapleton

Population: 742
Median Income: $39,299
Median Home Value: $131,900

10. Anson

Population: 853
Median Income: $45,313
Median Home Value: $74,100

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. Best: Cousins Island
  2. 2nd Best: Newcastle
  3. 3rd Best: Boothbay Harbor

For more reading, check out:

  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Maine
  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Maine
  • 10 Safest Places In Maine
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Maine

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Eagle Lake 1 481 $83,400
    Hartland 2 787 $73,300
    Unity 3 518 $165,000
    Ashland 4 662 $82,900
    Guilford 5 962 $99,600
    Bingham 6 593 $82,100
    Blue Hill 7 865 $290,000
    Mars Hill 8 859 $97,400
    Mapleton 9 742 $131,900
    Anson 10 853 $74,100
    Winter Harbor 11 358 $199,000
    Lubec 12 404 $120,300
    Searsport 13 925 $169,600
    Blaine 14 378 $86,400
    Little Falls 15 635 $172,900
    Casco 16 750 $171,100
    Woodland 17 939 $65,900
    Bowdoinham 18 604 $241,700
    Southwest Harbor 19 850 $314,400
    Standish 20 457 $243,800
    Alfred 21 755 $207,200
    Castine 22 899 $494,400
    Naples 23 532 $173,100
    Boothbay Harbor 24 1,000 $212,300
    Newcastle 25 625 $269,000
    Cousins Island 26 659 $367,700

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