These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Maine

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Maine. And here they are:

  1. South Portland
  2. Saco
  3. Brewer
  4. Gardiner
  5. Rockland
  6. Biddeford
  7. Westbrook
  8. Portland
  9. Ellsworth
  10. Presque Isle

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Maine

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,154Median Income: $53,614
Poverty Level: 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

2. Saco

Saco, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,757Median Income: $52,611
Poverty Level: 11.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

3. Brewer

Brewer, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,391Median Income: $51,216
Poverty Level: 10.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

4. Gardiner

Gardiner, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,737Median Income: $46,400
Poverty Level: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

5. Rockland

Rockland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,241Median Income: $41,095
Poverty Level: 14.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

6. Biddeford

Biddeford, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,303Median Income: $45,729
Poverty Level: 18.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%

7. Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,662Median Income: $45,041
Poverty Level: 13.8%
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%

8. Portland

Portland, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,317Median Income: $45,865
Poverty Level: 19.9%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

9. Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,804Median Income: $46,431
Poverty Level: 14.1%
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%

10. Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,494Median Income: $36,706
Poverty Level: 17.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to South Portland and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Maine

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 South Portland $53,614 10.3% 5.2%
2 Saco $52,611 11.2% 4.8%
3 Brewer $51,216 10.1% 6.4%
4 Gardiner $46,400 15.3% 5.6%
5 Rockland $41,095 14.4% 4.3%
6 Biddeford $45,729 18.7% 6.3%
7 Westbrook $45,041 13.8% 8.2%
8 Portland $45,865 19.9% 6.9%
9 Ellsworth $46,431 14.1% 8.8%
10 Presque Isle $36,706 17.8% 5.2%
11 Auburn $45,279 16.2% 8.6%
12 Caribou $35,764 17.1% 6.4%
13 Augusta $38,263 18.9% 8.4%
14 Bangor $36,272 25.9% 8.1%
15 Bath $41,062 22.0% 9.6%
16 Old Town $32,964 31.5% 8.1%
17 Lewiston $36,696 21.3% 10.2%
18 Waterville $31,995 24.5% 16.4%
19 Belfast $34,205 28.1% 10.7%