These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Maine

We analyzed over 28 places in Maine to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Maine have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Maine places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Kennebunk, the happiest place in Maine.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Pine Tree State”:

  1. Kennebunk
  2. Topsham
  3. Yarmouth
  4. Brewer
  5. Caribou
  6. Gorham
  7. Winslow
  8. Gardiner
  9. South Portland
  10. Brunswick
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Pine Tree State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 28 places in Maine with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 28 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Maine”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Maine ranked. Our apologies to Saco which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Kennebunk


Population: 5,575 People Who Own Their Home: 57.8%
Married Adults: 55.5%

2. Topsham


Population: 6,228 People Who Own Their Home: 66.4%
Married Adults: 49.7%

3. Yarmouth


Population: 5,645 People Who Own Their Home: 65.2%
Married Adults: 53.2%

4. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,391People Who Own Their Home: 58.2%
Married Adults: 53.1%

5. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,025People Who Own Their Home: 58.9%
Married Adults: 47.7%

6. Gorham


Population: 6,596 People Who Own Their Home: 66.3%
Married Adults: 43.7%

7. Winslow


Population: 7,709 People Who Own Their Home: 69.0%
Married Adults: 50.9%

8. Gardiner

Gardiner, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,737People Who Own Their Home: 58.3%
Married Adults: 50.9%

9. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,154People Who Own Their Home: 57.0%
Married Adults: 42.6%

10. Brunswick

Brunswick, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,275People Who Own Their Home: 57.4%
Married Adults: 45.1%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Maine

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Kennebunk 1 5,575 57.8% 55.5%
Topsham 2 6,228 66.4% 49.7%
Yarmouth 3 5,645 65.2% 53.2%
Brewer 4 9,391 58.2% 53.1%
Caribou 5 8,025 58.9% 47.7%
Gorham 6 6,596 66.3% 43.7%
Winslow 7 7,709 69.0% 50.9%
Gardiner 8 5,737 58.3% 50.9%
South Portland 9 25,154 57.0% 42.6%
Brunswick 10 15,275 57.4% 45.1%
Saco 11 18,757 57.8% 50.1%
Presque Isle 12 9,494 51.2% 47.5%
Rockland 13 7,241 52.8% 40.7%
Westbrook 14 17,662 58.6% 44.0%
Skowhegan 15 6,219 50.7% 41.0%
Auburn 16 22,960 51.5% 46.4%
Bath 17 8,396 48.9% 49.8%
Belfast 18 6,664 53.6% 51.9%
Old Town 19 7,756 49.4% 44.8%
Augusta 20 18,898 46.9% 41.1%
Biddeford 21 21,303 40.7% 41.1%
Ellsworth 22 7,804 48.8% 53.0%
Orono 23 9,514 37.5% 20.1%
Waterville 24 15,886 41.7% 35.6%
Bangor 25 32,800 40.1% 35.0%
Portland 26 66,317 39.7% 36.2%
Old Orchard Beach 27 8,679 35.4% 43.9%
Lewiston 28 36,410 43.7% 40.0%

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