Best places to live in Maine

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March 31, 2021
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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. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

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.

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#25. Farmington

- Population: 7,597
- Median home value: $159,400 (65% own)
- Median rent: $678 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $47,023
- Top public schools: W.G. Mallett School (A-), Mt. Blue High School (C+), Cascade Brook School (C+)

- Pictured: 573 Mosher Hill Rd, Farmington ($699,000, 4 bedrooms)
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#24. South Portland

- Population: 25,548
- Median home value: $257,200 (63% own)
- Median rent: $1,305 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $69,290
- Top public schools: Frank I. Brown Elementary School (B+), South Portland High School (B+), Dora L. Small Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: Greater Portland Christian School (A-)

- Pictured: 26 Willard St, South Portland ($689,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#23. South Berwick

- Population: 7,470
- Median home value: $268,200 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,003 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $88,262
- Top public schools: Coastal Ridge Elementary School (A), York Middle School (A-), Eliot Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Berwick Academy (A+)

- Pictured: 72 Vine St, South Berwick ($4.4 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#22. Veazie

- Population: 1,999
- Median home value: $151,500 (72% own)
- Median rent: $895 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $51,346
- Top public schools: Veazie Community School (A)

- Pictured: 1418 State St, Veazie ($420,000, 5 bedrooms)
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#21. Gorham

- Population: 17,582
- Median home value: $268,700 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,073 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $84,767
- Top public schools: Gorham Middle School (A-), Village Elementary School (A-), Narragansett Elementary School (A-)

- Pictured: 588 Gray Rd, Gorham ($1.3 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#20. Topsham

- Population: 8,810
- Median home value: $232,000 (77% own)
- Median rent: $919 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $74,968
- Top public schools: Great Falls Elementary School (B+), Mt. Ararat Middle School (B), Woodside Elementary School (B)

- Pictured: Somerset Pl Lot 1, Topsham ($639,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#19. Belfast

- Population: 6,688
- Median home value: $190,500 (63% own)
- Median rent: $888 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $62,857
- Top public schools: Drinkwater Elementary School (B+), Kermit S. Nickerson School (B), Searsport District High School (B-)

- Pictured: 11 Porter Rd, Belfast ($875,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#18. Kennebunk

- Population: 11,424
- Median home value: $331,400 (75% own)
- Median rent: $964 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $75,517
- Top public schools: Mildred L. Day School (A), Kennebunk Elementary School (A), Sea Road School (A)
- Top private schools: The New School (B+)

- Pictured: 51 River Locks Rd, Kennebunk ($2.8 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#17. West Bath

- Population: 2,216
- Median home value: $272,500 (73% own)
- Median rent: $838 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $69,762
- Top public schools: West Bath School (A-), Phippsburg Elementary School (B+), Morse High School (B)

- Pictured: Houghton Pond Rd, West Bath ($650,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#16. Falmouth Foreside

- Population: 1,611
- Median home value: $483,900 (86% own)
- Median rent: $1,750 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $103,583
- Top public schools: Falmouth High School (A+), Falmouth Middle School (A+), Falmouth Elementary School (A)

- Pictured: 17 Johnson Rd, Falmouth ($559,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#15. Camden

- Population: 4,817
- Median home value: $356,000 (75% own)
- Median rent: $930 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $67,226
- Top public schools: Camden Hills Regional High School (A), Camden-Rockport Middle School (A-), Camden-Rockport Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: Watershed School (A-)

- Pictured: 135 Mountain Arrow Dr, Camden ($8.5 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#14. Freeport

- Population: 8,439
- Median home value: $294,100 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,329 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $86,128
- Top public schools: Freeport Middle School (A-), Mast Landing School (A-), Pownal Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Pine Tree Academy (A-), Maine Coast Waldorf School (A-), L'Ecole Française du Maine (A+)

- Pictured: 100 Spencers Ridge Rd, Freeport ($1.8 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#13. Bar Harbor

- Population: 5,470
- Median home value: $315,700 (62% own)
- Median rent: $864 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $66,591
- Top public schools: Conners-Emerson School (A), Mt. Desert Island High School (A-), Trenton Elementary School (B+)

- Pictured: 62 Sols Cliff Rd, Bar Harbor ($8.4 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#12. Hampden

- Population: 7,352
- Median home value: $230,000 (84% own)
- Median rent: $1,009 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $86,071
- Top public schools: George B. Weatherbee School (A-), Reeds Brook Middle School (A-), Hampden Academy (B+)

- Pictured: Freedom Ave Lot 69, Hampden ($464,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#11. Brunswick

- Population: 20,517
- Median home value: $243,500 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,002 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $59,922
- Top public schools: Brunswick High School (A), West Bath School (A-), Brunswick Junior High School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. John's Catholic School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 562 Mere Point Rd, Brunswick ($2.0 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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: Orono Middle School (A), Asa C. Adams School (A), Veazie Community School (A)

- Pictured: 185 Park St, Orono ($389,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#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 Middle School 4-5 (A), Greely High School (A)

- Pictured: 50 Vining Way Unit Tbb, Cumberland ($1.4 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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: Scarborough Middle School (A), Benjamin Wentworth Intermediate School (A), Scarborough High School (A)
- Top private schools: Morrison Center (unavailable)

- Pictured: 121 Stewart Dr, Scarborough ($735,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#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 (unavailable)

- Pictured: 99 Calderwood Ln, Rockport ($7.0 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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 Middle School 4-5 (A), Greely High School (A)

- Pictured: 41 River St, Lewiston ($239,900, 16 bedrooms)
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#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 Middle School 4-5 (A), Greely High School (A)
- Top private schools: Friends School of Portland (unavailable)

- Pictured: 11 Ledge Rd, Cumberland ($1.6 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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+), Falmouth Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Winfield Children's House (unavailable)

- Pictured: Cordelia Way Lot 4, Falmouth ($1.7 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#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: Casco Bay High School (A), Longfellow School - Portland (A-), Portland High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Waynflete (A+), Cheverus High School (A+), St. Brigid School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 49 Neal St, Portland ($2.5 million, 9 bedrooms)
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#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+), Frank H. Harrison Middle School (A+), Yarmouth Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: North Yarmouth Academy (A)

- Pictured: 352 Pemasong Ln, Yarmouth ($3.0 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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 (unavailable)

- Pictured: 18 Angell Point Rd, Cape Elizabeth ($2.5 million, 5 bedrooms)

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