These Are The 10 Best Places in Maine To Get A Job

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Maine, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Augusta would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Maine to find a job.

After analyzing all 25 plus places in Maine, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Pine Tree State:

  1. Lebanon
  2. Hermon
  3. Rockland
  4. Augusta
  5. Gardiner
  6. Lisbon
  7. Brewer
  8. Cumberland
  9. Bath
  10. Portland

So listen up Caribou as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Pine Tree State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Maine. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 25 places in Maine to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 25, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Maine”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Lebanon

Lebanon - Best Jobs Maine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,024 Unemployment Rate: 4.00%
Recent Job Growth: 1.12%
Future Job Growth: 38.20%

2. Hermon

Hermon - Best Jobs Maine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,432 Unemployment Rate: 4.70%
Recent Job Growth: 1.45%
Future Job Growth: 38.20%

3. Rockland

Rockland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,314Unemployment Rate: 6.70%
Recent Job Growth: 3.01%
Future Job Growth: 39.30%

4. Augusta

Augusta, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,088Unemployment Rate: 5.60%
Recent Job Growth: 2.00%
Future Job Growth: 38.40%

5. Gardiner

Gardiner, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,816Unemployment Rate: 5.90%
Recent Job Growth: 1.99%
Future Job Growth: 38.10%

6. Lisbon

Lisbon, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,023Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Recent Job Growth: 1.06%
Future Job Growth: 37.80%

7. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,452Unemployment Rate: 5.00%
Recent Job Growth: 1.45%
Future Job Growth: 37.90%

8. Cumberland

Cumberland - Best Jobs Maine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,236 Unemployment Rate: 3.70%
Recent Job Growth: 0.80%
Future Job Growth: 37.90%

9. Bath

Bath, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,547Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Recent Job Growth: 1.02%
Future Job Growth: 37.40%

10. Portland

Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,235Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Recent Job Growth: 0.81%
Future Job Growth: 37.30%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Maine For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Lebanon 1 6,024 4.00% 1.12% 38.20%
Hermon 2 5,432 4.70% 1.45% 38.20%
Rockland 3 7,314 6.70% 3.01% 39.30%
Augusta 4 19,088 5.60% 2.00% 38.40%
Gardiner 5 5,816 5.90% 1.99% 38.10%
Lisbon 6 9,023 4.30% 1.06% 37.80%
Brewer 7 9,452 5.00% 1.45% 37.90%
Cumberland 8 7,236 3.70% 0.80% 37.90%
Bath 9 8,547 4.60% 1.02% 37.40%
Portland 10 66,235 4.30% 0.81% 37.30%
Bangor 11 32,988 5.50% 1.44% 37.40%
Auburn 12 23,104 5.20% 1.08% 37.00%
York 13 12,625 4.10% 0.64% 37.20%
Waterville 14 15,780 6.10% 1.49% 36.90%
Saco 15 18,561 4.70% 0.81% 36.90%
Turner 16 5,712 5.40% 1.08% 36.80%
Poland 17 5,368 5.30% 1.07% 36.80%
Westbrook 18 17,501 4.80% 0.81% 36.80%
Belfast 19 6,664 6.30% 1.38% 36.50%
Lewiston 20 36,588 5.90% 1.08% 36.30%
Wells 21 9,662 4.90% 0.64% 36.40%
Biddeford 22 21,351 5.50% 0.82% 36.10%
Ellsworth 23 7,717 7.20% 0.72% 34.20%
Paris 24 5,174 6.90% -0.46% 32.20%
Caribou 25 8,169 8.70% -1.60% 28.10%