These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Maine

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Maine works hard, there’s a certain part of the Pine Tree State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Maine .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Cumberland Center which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Maine. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Maine for a promotion:

  1. Cumberland Center
  2. Scarborough
  3. North Windham
  4. Hampden
  5. Falmouth
  6. South Eliot
  7. Bar Harbor
  8. Saco
  9. Kennebunk
  10. South Portland

So listen up Rumford 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 Hardest Working Places In The Pine Tree State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 66 places in Maine, we ranked each place from 1 to 66 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Maine”. And, at the end of the day, Cumberland Center had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Cumberland Center


Population: 2,636 College Graduates: 68.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

2. Scarborough


Population: 4,931 College Graduates: 43.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. North Windham


Population: 4,573 College Graduates: 33.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 1.3

4. Hampden


Population: 3,944 College Graduates: 44.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Falmouth


Population: 2,179 College Graduates: 67.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.3

6. South Eliot


Population: 3,708 College Graduates: 31.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.6
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Bar Harbor


Population: 2,524 College Graduates: 51.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.6
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,757College Graduates: 31.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Kennebunk


Population: 5,575 College Graduates: 51.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.1
Workers Per Household: 1.1

10. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,154College Graduates: 40.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Maine

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Cumberland Center 1 2,636 68.4% 39.0 1.4
Scarborough 2 4,931 43.3% 40.9 1.4
North Windham 3 4,573 33.0% 40.2 1.3
Hampden 4 3,944 44.2% 39.3 1.5
Falmouth 5 2,179 67.6% 38.3 1.3
South Eliot 6 3,708 31.6% 37.6 1.5
Bar Harbor 7 2,524 51.7% 37.6 1.5
Saco 8 18,757 31.2% 38.4 1.4
Kennebunk 9 5,575 51.2% 41.1 1.1
South Portland 10 25,154 40.2% 38.1 1.4
York Harbor 11 3,190 54.2% 38.6 1.2
Lake Arrowhead 12 2,890 26.4% 39.8 1.7
Portland 13 66,317 45.6% 38.0 1.3
Gorham 14 6,596 48.2% 33.1 1.7
Pittsfield 15 3,063 21.2% 37.0 1.5
Lisbon Falls 16 4,135 23.7% 38.0 1.4
Topsham 17 6,228 40.5% 36.4 1.3
Brewer 18 9,391 31.4% 37.7 1.3
Orono 19 9,514 62.1% 31.0 1.9
Rockland 20 7,241 32.4% 38.3 1.1
Kittery 21 4,766 32.1% 38.7 1.3
Yarmouth 22 5,645 54.8% 36.6 1.3
Milford 23 2,256 20.2% 39.1 1.3
Berwick 24 2,048 29.6% 38.3 1.7
Camden 25 3,351 47.2% 38.3 0.9
Gardiner 26 5,737 20.2% 38.1 1.2
Bridgton 27 2,182 32.6% 36.5 1.2
Brunswick 28 15,275 38.2% 34.4 1.3
Winthrop 29 2,651 33.0% 34.4 1.3
Biddeford 30 21,303 22.9% 36.0 1.4
Cape Neddick 31 2,984 40.5% 42.5 1.1
Ellsworth 32 7,804 31.1% 38.8 1.2
Oakland 33 2,516 24.0% 38.3 1.0
Wilton 34 2,097 29.0% 37.7 1.2
Old Town 35 7,756 26.8% 36.3 1.3
Winslow 36 7,709 23.2% 38.8 1.2
Farmington 37 4,142 36.3% 27.5 1.4
Westbrook 38 17,662 26.7% 38.2 1.2
Hallowell 39 2,471 44.9% 36.3 1.1
Richmond 40 2,034 23.3% 38.4 1.3
Norway 41 2,286 7.9% 40.6 0.9
Bangor 42 32,800 28.0% 36.8 1.2
Presque Isle 43 9,494 19.7% 36.7 1.2
Caribou 44 8,025 19.2% 39.1 1.1
Bucksport 45 2,453 30.1% 36.9 1.0
Auburn 46 22,960 24.9% 37.6 1.2
Thomaston 47 2,052 30.8% 36.4 1.2
Old Orchard Beach 48 8,679 27.7% 37.6 1.0
Belfast 49 6,664 40.0% 36.6 1.1
Augusta 50 18,898 23.2% 37.7 1.1
Houlton 51 4,840 17.8% 38.9 1.0
Bath 52 8,396 31.0% 36.6 1.1
Madawaska 53 2,825 16.9% 36.3 0.8
Calais 54 3,063 17.3% 37.2 0.9
Millinocket 55 4,451 11.4% 37.3 0.9
Fort Kent 56 2,468 26.4% 36.2 1.2
Dover-Foxcroft 57 2,542 28.2% 32.0 1.2
Skowhegan 58 6,219 17.1% 38.1 0.9
Lewiston 59 36,410 15.7% 36.8 1.2
Waterville 60 15,886 25.5% 36.2 1.2
Fairfield 61 2,773 23.1% 33.1 1.2
Farmingdale 62 2,056 26.5% 37.5 0.7
Lincoln 63 2,947 10.0% 37.1 0.9
South Paris 64 2,906 13.8% 35.8 1.0
Madison 65 2,648 11.0% 36.1 0.9
Rumford 66 4,395 11.9% 33.8 1.1