These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Maine For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 63 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 2019:

  1. Van Buren
  2. Rumford (Photos)
  3. Madison (Photos)
  4. Greenville
  5. Newport
  6. Milo
  7. Machias
  8. Eastport
  9. Calais (Photos)
  10. Limestone

So what is the worst small town to call home in Maine for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Van Buren 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.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 – 63 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.

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4
/10

Population: 1,660
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $55,700 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (50th worst)
More on Van Buren:  Data

Rumford, ME

Source: Wikipedia
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4
/10

Population: 3,979
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $73,200 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.5% (3rd worst)
More on Rumford:  Data | Photos

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4
/10

Population: 2,691
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $79,500 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (10th worst)
More on Madison:  Data | Photos

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/10

Population: 1,224
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $135,300 (33rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.4% (8th worst)
More on Greenville:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,619
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $154,200 (37th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.7% (7th worst)
More on Newport:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 2,121
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $67,000 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (15th worst)
More on Milo:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,097
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $110,400 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.0% (4th worst)
More on Machias:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 1,399
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $110,800 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.1% (6th worst)
More on Eastport:  Data

Calais, ME

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6
/10

Population: 3,018
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $91,600 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (30th worst)
More on Calais:  Data | Photos

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4
/10

Population: 1,397
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $70,400 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (24th worst)
More on Limestone:  Data

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. 2,877)
  2. Falmouth Foreside (Pop. 1,542)
  3. Cumberland Center (Pop. 2,492)

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Maine

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Van Buren 1,660 3.4% $55,700
2 Rumford 3,979 15.5% $73,200
3 Madison 2,691 10.5% $79,500
4 Greenville 1,224 11.4% $135,300
5 Newport 1,619 11.7% $154,200
6 Milo 2,121 9.1% $67,000
7 Machias 1,097 15.0% $110,400
8 Eastport 1,399 12.1% $110,800
9 Calais 3,018 5.5% $91,600
10 Limestone 1,397 6.1% $70,400
11 Washburn 1,096 9.4% $93,800
12 Livermore Falls 1,464 14.4% $73,900
13 Norway 2,673 8.0% $99,800
14 Millinocket 4,346 6.5% $63,800
15 Fairfield 3,221 8.2% $108,500
16 Lincoln 2,583 4.2% $87,400
17 Wiscasset 1,092 0.0% $215,000
18 Fort Kent 2,248 6.1% $114,300
19 Farmingdale 1,974 19.9% $141,500
20 East Millinocket 1,670 9.6% $56,000
21 Bucksport 2,682 1.6% $123,900
22 South Paris 2,615 17.1% $128,200
23 Pittsfield 2,841 7.9% $113,200
24 Norridgewock 1,195 5.1% $96,500
25 Waldoboro 1,091 0.0% $160,900
26 Dexter 2,167 4.1% $95,200
27 Blue Hill 1,070 6.4% $283,600
28 Fort Fairfield 1,769 3.3% $84,600
29 Wilton 1,989 9.2% $95,100
30 Dixfield 1,001 4.2% $110,700
31 Houlton 4,746 2.0% $91,400
32 Richmond 1,544 6.5% $152,000
33 Mexico 1,614 5.9% $76,500
34 Randolph 2,011 5.7% $118,500
35 Thomaston 1,994 3.7% $193,200
36 Farmington 4,144 7.3% $162,200
37 Bridgton 2,245 4.9% $157,200
38 North Berwick 1,564 5.9% $192,600
39 Damariscotta 1,222 6.0% $271,100
40 Mechanic Falls 1,903 0.0% $99,800
41 Madawaska 2,816 0.0% $92,000
42 Oakland 2,611 2.0% $158,400
43 Searsport 1,117 1.5% $167,300
44 Hallowell 2,453 5.1% $197,900
45 Winterport 1,221 5.5% $179,100
46 Fryeburg 1,639 3.9% $162,700
47 Chisholm 1,468 4.0% $132,000
48 Bar Harbor 2,354 10.7% $311,400
49 Winthrop 2,720 6.7% $179,200
50 Milford 2,191 4.9% $112,800
51 South Eliot 3,547 3.1% $287,500
52 Camden 3,470 2.3% $295,500
53 Lisbon Falls 4,093 3.7% $140,700
54 Freeport 1,249 4.6% $187,100
55 Kittery 4,733 5.2% $281,000
56 Hampden 4,191 1.6% $189,800
57 Falmouth 1,994 5.4% $394,400
58 Cape Neddick 2,367 5.0% $386,100
59 Scarborough 4,876 0.4% $290,000
60 Berwick 2,190 5.0% $195,600
61 York Harbor 2,877 3.4% $388,200
62 Falmouth Foreside 1,542 5.0% $579,300
63 Cumberland Center 2,492 2.8% $304,500

One thought on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Maine For 2019

  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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