The 10 Best Counties To Live In Maine For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Maine have the most for people looking to make the move to Maine.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best counties to live in Maine.

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 2021.

Sagadahoc County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Maine. And you might want to avoid Somerset 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.

Or, check out the best places to live in Maine and the cheapest places to live in Maine.

The Best Counties To Live In Maine For 2021

1. Sagadahoc County

Bath, ME

Biggest Place: Bath

Population: 35,452
Median Income: $63,694 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $213,400.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 239.9% (best)
More on Sagadahoc County: PhotosData

2. Cumberland County

Portland, ME

Biggest Place: Portland

Population: 292,307
Median Income: $73,072 (best)
Median Home Price: $278,100.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 306.1% (2nd best)
More on Cumberland County: PhotosData

3. Knox County

Rockland, ME

Biggest Place: Rockland

Population: 39,759
Median Income: $57,751 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $213,400.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 312.3% (3rd best)
More on Knox County: PhotosData

4. York County

Biddeford, ME

Biggest Place: Biddeford

Population: 204,316
Median Income: $67,830 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $252,300.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 388.8% (5th best)
More on York County: PhotosData

5. Hancock County

Ellsworth, ME

Biggest Place: Ellsworth

Population: 54,601
Median Income: $57,178 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $212,700.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 406.1% (8th best)
More on Hancock County: PhotosData

6. Lincoln County

Boothbay Harbor, ME

Biggest Place: Waldoboro

Population: 34,201
Median Income: $57,720 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $215,400.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 380.7% (4th best)
More on Lincoln County: PhotosData

7. Kennebec County

Augusta, ME

Biggest Place: Augusta

Population: 121,753
Median Income: $55,365 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $159,400.0 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 397.7% (7th best)
More on Kennebec County: PhotosData

8. Waldo County

Belfast, ME

Biggest Place: Belfast

Population: 39,539
Median Income: $51,931 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $163,000.0 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 546.5% (11th best)
More on Waldo County: PhotosData

9. Androscoggin County

Auburn, ME

Biggest Place: Lewiston

Population: 107,602
Median Income: $53,509 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $158,200.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 390.2% (6th best)
More on Androscoggin County: PhotosData

10. Franklin County

Biggest Place: Farmington

Population: 29,982
Median Income: $51,422 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $139,800.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 579.9% (13th best)
More on Franklin County: Data

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.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

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 Sagadahoc County is the best county, while Somerset County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Maine.

There You Have It - 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:

  1. Somerset County
  2. Washington County
  3. Aroostook County

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Maine

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Sagadahoc County 1 35,452 $63,694 $213,400.0
Cumberland County 2 292,307 $73,072 $278,100.0
Knox County 3 39,759 $57,751 $213,400.0
York County 4 204,316 $67,830 $252,300.0
Hancock County 5 54,601 $57,178 $212,700.0
Lincoln County 6 34,201 $57,720 $215,400.0
Kennebec County 7 121,753 $55,365 $159,400.0
Waldo County 8 39,539 $51,931 $163,000.0
Androscoggin County 9 107,602 $53,509 $158,200.0
Franklin County 10 29,982 $51,422 $139,800.0
Penobscot County 11 151,774 $50,808 $144,700.0
Piscataquis County 12 16,836 $40,890 $109,500.0
Oxford County 13 57,550 $49,204 $144,100.0
Aroostook County 14 67,809 $41,123 $99,600.0
Washington County 15 31,491 $41,347 $112,400.0
Somerset County 16 50,520 $44,256 $115,700.0

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