Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Maine a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Maine.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Pine Tree State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Maine, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 16 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Pine Tree State for 2022.
York County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Maine. And you might want to avoid Washington County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Maine, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Maine For 2022
1. York County
Biggest Place: Biddeford
Biggest Place: Bath
Biggest Place: Portland
Biggest Place: Ellsworth
5. Knox County
Biggest Place: Rockland
6. Waldo County
Biggest Place: Belfast
Biggest Place: Waldoboro
Biggest Place: Lewiston
Biggest Place: Augusta
10. Franklin County
Biggest Place: Farmington
Median Income: $51,630.0 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $146,900.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (11th best)
More on Franklin County: Data
Methodology: How do you determine which Maine county is the best?
To give you the best county in Maine, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Maine across each of the criteria from one to 16, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Maine”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Pine Tree State.
Read on to see why York County is the best county, while Washington County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Maine.
Summary: The Best Counties In Maine To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Maine can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Maine according to the data:
- Washington County
- Aroostook County
- Somerset County
For more Maine reading, check out:
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- Best Places To Buy A House In Maine
- Richest Cities In Maine
- Cheapest Places To Live In Maine
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Maine