These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Maine

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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You know that tight feeling in your chest when you start a new job? That’s stress.

And there are certain places in Maine that have more to stress out about then just their first day at work.

There are things like dealing with ever-longer commutes, working longer and longer hours, and just trying to find a job in the first place. But which places in Maine take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Berwick have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Maine. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Pine Tree State:

  1. Berwick
  2. Richmond
  3. South Paris
  4. Ellsworth
  5. Fairfield
  6. Farmington
  7. Old Orchard Beach
  8. Lewiston
  9. Lisbon Falls
  10. Waterville

Read on to see why these places in Maine could use a Xanax.

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How We Measured Stress In Maine (Without Stressing Out)

In order to measure stress, we selected a set of six criteria that reflect its root causes for most people and used them to look at the 66 places in Maine with a population over 2,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  1. Percentage of population with a long commute (over 30 minutes)
  2. Unemployment Rate
  3. Hours worked
  4. Population density
  5. Percentage of income spent on rent
  6. Percentage of population without health insurance

The higher any of these was, the more stressful the people of the place are.

Our data is from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2010-2014.

We ranked each place from 1 to 66 (with one being the most stressed side of the scale) in the six individual criteria. These ranks were then averaged into a Stress Score, the lowest of which was the most stressed out place in the Pine Tree State.

Below, we’ll take a look at the standout stress stats for each top 10 most stressed places, and wrap the whole thing up with a detailed ranking of all 66 places we analyzed.

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1. Berwick


Population: 2,048 People With High Rent: 94.4%
People With Long Commute: 31.0%
People Without Insurance: 8.1%

2. Richmond


Population: 2,034 People With High Rent: 59.0%
People With Long Commute: 63.9%
People Without Insurance: 12.7%

3. South Paris

South Paris, Maine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,906People With High Rent: 57.9%
People With Long Commute: 51.6%
People Without Insurance: 10.4%

4. Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,804People With High Rent: 64.0%
People With Long Commute: 31.7%
People Without Insurance: 15.2%

5. Fairfield


Population: 2,773 People With High Rent: 51.0%
People With Long Commute: 27.8%
People Without Insurance: 10.7%

6. Farmington


Population: 4,142 People With High Rent: 64.0%
People With Long Commute: 17.2%
People Without Insurance: 11.1%

7. Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,679People With High Rent: 37.4%
People With Long Commute: 34.7%
People Without Insurance: 11.4%

8. Lewiston

Lewiston, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,410People With High Rent: 49.7%
People With Long Commute: 21.9%
People Without Insurance: 10.6%

9. Lisbon Falls


Population: 4,135 People With High Rent: 38.0%
People With Long Commute: 37.0%
People Without Insurance: 15.0%

10. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,886People With High Rent: 57.2%
People With Long Commute: 16.5%
People Without Insurance: 8.8%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Maine

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Berwick 1 2,048 94.4% 31.0% 8.1%
Richmond 2 2,034 59.0% 63.9% 12.7%
South Paris 3 2,906 57.9% 51.6% 10.4%
Ellsworth 4 7,804 64.0% 31.7% 15.2%
Fairfield 5 2,773 51.0% 27.8% 10.7%
Farmington 6 4,142 64.0% 17.2% 11.1%
Old Orchard Beach 7 8,679 37.4% 34.7% 11.4%
Lewiston 8 36,410 49.7% 21.9% 10.6%
Lisbon Falls 9 4,135 38.0% 37.0% 15.0%
Waterville 10 15,886 57.2% 16.5% 8.8%
Bucksport 11 2,453 55.1% 51.1% 15.2%
Westbrook 12 17,662 57.2% 18.3% 8.9%
Bath 13 8,396 60.6% 19.2% 8.7%
Portland 14 66,317 49.9% 14.6% 11.6%
Rumford 15 4,395 47.1% 19.5% 15.2%
Madison 16 2,648 61.5% 22.3% 10.2%
Norway 17 2,286 41.5% 39.4% 21.0%
Kittery 18 4,766 54.6% 16.1% 7.9%
Lake Arrowhead 19 2,890 27.6% 88.2% 12.1%
Kennebunk 20 5,575 58.8% 33.5% 4.4%
Bangor 21 32,800 55.8% 10.1% 12.4%
Farmingdale 22 2,056 50.1% 16.5% 8.0%
Yarmouth 23 5,645 56.9% 21.5% 4.7%
Wilton 24 2,097 45.8% 24.2% 10.5%
Cape Neddick 25 2,984 28.1% 35.2% 4.3%
Biddeford 26 21,303 56.0% 32.1% 9.2%
York Harbor 27 3,190 46.2% 30.8% 8.7%
Brewer 28 9,391 59.7% 14.0% 10.4%
Winslow 29 7,709 48.1% 22.9% 11.1%
Houlton 30 4,840 44.1% 8.9% 13.9%
Cumberland Center 31 2,636 85.0% 31.5% 1.1%
Fort Kent 32 2,468 63.6% 13.2% 9.0%
Belfast 33 6,664 53.0% 22.4% 9.0%
Bar Harbor 34 2,524 51.6% 10.3% 15.6%
Auburn 35 22,960 46.3% 23.5% 9.1%
Millinocket 36 4,451 33.7% 19.5% 14.0%
Gardiner 37 5,737 50.5% 33.2% 9.2%
South Portland 38 25,154 47.3% 16.0% 8.9%
Brunswick 39 15,275 45.3% 16.7% 10.3%
Saco 40 18,757 44.6% 29.8% 10.6%
Skowhegan 41 6,219 59.3% 13.8% 7.6%
Dover-Foxcroft 42 2,542 44.4% 18.8% 12.9%
Gorham 43 6,596 52.3% 23.6% 5.6%
Thomaston 44 2,052 45.0% 11.0% 8.7%
Orono 45 9,514 57.3% 7.4% 6.3%
Lincoln 46 2,947 50.1% 20.6% 7.3%
Augusta 47 18,898 45.0% 18.0% 9.8%
Hallowell 48 2,471 42.6% 17.0% 13.8%
Milford 49 2,256 27.6% 25.8% 8.6%
Old Town 50 7,756 63.7% 12.3% 9.5%
Rockland 51 7,241 48.4% 8.7% 13.9%
Camden 52 3,351 31.8% 7.1% 14.9%
Pittsfield 53 3,063 40.6% 28.5% 14.1%
North Windham 54 4,573 36.5% 48.9% 4.3%
Topsham 55 6,228 39.9% 31.5% 6.6%
Falmouth 56 2,179 51.5% 11.1% 4.8%
Winthrop 57 2,651 43.8% 17.0% 10.1%
Bridgton 58 2,182 31.1% 37.6% 8.0%
Caribou 59 8,025 51.0% 13.1% 8.0%
South Eliot 60 3,708 41.6% 26.1% 7.6%
Scarborough 61 4,931 36.2% 10.2% 6.9%
Oakland 62 2,516 35.7% 17.3% 8.3%
Presque Isle 63 9,494 38.3% 11.7% 9.6%
Madawaska 64 2,825 47.9% 7.8% 4.4%
Calais 65 3,063 39.0% 13.2% 5.4%
Hampden 66 3,944 30.7% 11.2% 2.7%