Best places to live in Maine

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Best places to live in Maine

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Maine using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Orono
- Population: 10,776
- Median home value: $176,100 (50% own)
- Median rent: $921 (50% rent)
- Median household income: $47,528
- Top public schools: Veazie Community School (A), Orono Middle School (A), Asa C. Adams School (A)

#9. Cumberland Center
- Population: 2,926
- Median home value: $332,000 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,164 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $99,500
- Top public schools: Greely Middle School (A), Greely High School (A), Greely Middle School 4-5 (A)

#8. Scarborough
- Population: 20,146
- Median home value: $367,700 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,206 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $94,905
- Top public schools: Benjamin Wentworth Intermediate School (A), Scarborough Middle School (A), Scarborough High School (A)
- Top private schools: Morrison Center

#7. Rockport
- Population: 3,372
- Median home value: $273,600 (77% own)
- Median rent: $879 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $66,731
- Top public schools: Camden Hills Regional High School (A), Camden-Rockport Middle School (A-), Camden-Rockport Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: Ashwood Waldorf School

#6. North Yarmouth
- Population: 3,779
- Median home value: $331,800 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,210 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $113,994
- Top public schools: Greely Middle School (A), Greely High School (A), Greely Middle School 4-5 (A)

#5. Cumberland
- Population: 7,998
- Median home value: $376,400 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,183 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $111,890
- Top public schools: Greely Middle School (A), Greely High School (A), Greely Middle School 4-5 (A)
- Top private schools: Friends School of Portland

#4. Falmouth
- Population: 12,141
- Median home value: $439,800 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,701 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $121,285
- Top public schools: Falmouth High School (A), Falmouth Middle School (A), Greely Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Winfield Children's House

#3. Portland
- Population: 66,595
- Median home value: $289,000 (45% own)
- Median rent: $1,124 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $60,467
- Top public schools: Longfellow School - Portland (A), Portland High School (A-), Casco Bay High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Waynflete (A+), Cheverus High School (A), St. Brigid School

#2. Yarmouth
- Population: 8,529
- Median home value: $374,600 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,227 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $89,984
- Top public schools: Yarmouth High School (A+), Yarmouth Elementary School (A), Frank H. Harrison Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: North Yarmouth Academy (A)

#1. Cape Elizabeth
- Population: 9,275
- Median home value: $435,700 (89% own)
- Median rent: $1,199 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $123,116
- Top public schools: Cape Elizabeth High School (A+), Pond Cove Elementary School (A+), Cape Elizabeth Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Aucocisco School

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Best places to live in Maine

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Maine using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Orono
- Population: 10,776
- Median home value: $176,100 (50% own)
- Median rent: $921 (50% rent)
- Median household income: $47,528
- Top public schools: Veazie Community School (A), Orono Middle School (A), Asa C. Adams School (A)

#9. Cumberland Center
- Population: 2,926
- Median home value: $332,000 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,164 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $99,500
- Top public schools: Greely Middle School (A), Greely High School (A), Greely Middle School 4-5 (A)

#8. Scarborough
- Population: 20,146
- Median home value: $367,700 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,206 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $94,905
- Top public schools: Benjamin Wentworth Intermediate School (A), Scarborough Middle School (A), Scarborough High School (A)
- Top private schools: Morrison Center

#7. Rockport
- Population: 3,372
- Median home value: $273,600 (77% own)
- Median rent: $879 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $66,731
- Top public schools: Camden Hills Regional High School (A), Camden-Rockport Middle School (A-), Camden-Rockport Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: Ashwood Waldorf School

#6. North Yarmouth
- Population: 3,779
- Median home value: $331,800 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,210 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $113,994
- Top public schools: Greely Middle School (A), Greely High School (A), Greely Middle School 4-5 (A)

#5. Cumberland
- Population: 7,998
- Median home value: $376,400 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,183 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $111,890
- Top public schools: Greely Middle School (A), Greely High School (A), Greely Middle School 4-5 (A)
- Top private schools: Friends School of Portland

#4. Falmouth
- Population: 12,141
- Median home value: $439,800 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,701 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $121,285
- Top public schools: Falmouth High School (A), Falmouth Middle School (A), Greely Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Winfield Children's House

#3. Portland
- Population: 66,595
- Median home value: $289,000 (45% own)
- Median rent: $1,124 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $60,467
- Top public schools: Longfellow School - Portland (A), Portland High School (A-), Casco Bay High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Waynflete (A+), Cheverus High School (A), St. Brigid School

#2. Yarmouth
- Population: 8,529
- Median home value: $374,600 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,227 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $89,984
- Top public schools: Yarmouth High School (A+), Yarmouth Elementary School (A), Frank H. Harrison Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: North Yarmouth Academy (A)

#1. Cape Elizabeth
- Population: 9,275
- Median home value: $435,700 (89% own)
- Median rent: $1,199 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $123,116
- Top public schools: Cape Elizabeth High School (A+), Pond Cove Elementary School (A+), Cape Elizabeth Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Aucocisco School

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