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:
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.
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.
1. Eagle Lake
Population: 481 Median Income: $27,132
Median Home Value: $83,400
Population: 787 Median Income: $24,583
Median Home Value: $73,300
Population: 518 Median Income: $19,511
Median Home Value: $165,000
Population: 662 Median Income: $36,250
Median Home Value: $82,900
Population: 962 Median Income: $30,046
Median Home Value: $99,600
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
Population: 742 Median Income: $39,299
Median Home Value: $131,900
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.
- Best: Cousins Island
- 2nd Best: Newcastle
- 3rd Best: Boothbay Harbor
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Maine