The 10 Richest Cities In Maine For 2022


We analyzed 21 places in Maine to determine where the 1% live.

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Saco, Ellsworth, Westbrook: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Maine. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Pine Tree State.

Saco in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $71,755 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 8.169596690796277%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Maine share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 21 places in Maine with more than 2,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in Maine for 2022:

  1. Saco
  2. Ellsworth
  3. Westbrook
  4. South Portland
  5. Bath
  6. Portland
  7. Biddeford
  8. Hallowell
  9. Brewer
  10. Belfast

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Maine.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Maine:

The 10 Richest Cities In Maine For 2022

1. Saco

Saco, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,716
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $71,755
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Saco: Real Estate | Photos

2. Ellsworth

Ellsworth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,085
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $60,718
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Ellsworth: Real Estate | Photos

3. Westbrook

Westbrook, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,935
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 9)
Median Income: $71,183
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.1%
More on Westbrook: Real Estate | Photos

4. South Portland

South Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,665
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $67,198
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on South Portland: Real Estate | Photos

5. Bath

Bath, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,333
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $55,396
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.7%
More on Bath: Real Estate | Photos

6. Portland

Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 66,706
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $61,695
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 13.9%
More on Portland: Real Estate | Photos

7. Biddeford

Biddeford, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,502
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $54,915
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
More on Biddeford: Real Estate | Photos

8. Hallowell

Hallowell, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,444
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,989
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 12.0%
More on Hallowell: Real Estate | Photos

9. Brewer

Brewer, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,026
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $48,450
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 13.3%
More on Brewer: Real Estate | Photos

10. Belfast

Belfast, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,710
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,720
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
More on Belfast: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Maine For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Maine
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 21 places with more than 2,000 people in Maine, we ranked each place from 1 to 21 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Saco, crowned the “Richest City In Maine For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 21 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Maine For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Maine, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Maine.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Maine, according to data:

Poorest: Calais
2nd Poorest: Augusta
3rd Poorest: Waterville

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Maine

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Saco 1.67 $71,755
2 Ellsworth 3.67 $60,718
3 Westbrook 6.0 $71,183
4 South Portland 6.33 $67,198
5 Bath 6.33 $55,396
6 Portland 7.67 $61,695
7 Biddeford 8.33 $54,915
8 Hallowell 8.33 $56,989
9 Brewer 9.67 $48,450
10 Belfast 11.0 $62,720
11 Caribou 11.0 $42,325
12 Auburn 12.33 $51,681
13 Rockland 13.0 $46,895
14 Presque Isle 13.33 $43,410
15 Old Town 13.67 $41,406
16 Bangor 14.0 $47,538
17 Gardiner 14.0 $52,545
18 Lewiston 16.33 $42,969
19 Waterville 16.33 $39,722
20 Augusta 17.67 $38,842
21 Calais 20.33 $34,844

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Maine.

About Chris Kolmar

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