These Are The 10 Worst Places In Maine To Get A Job

When it comes to getting a job, these cities in Maine need to update their resumes.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Maine after looking at the best places in Maine a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Maine, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Pine Tree State are:

  1. Lincoln
  2. Millinocket
  3. Madawaska
  4. Caribou
  5. Paris
  6. Presque Isle
  7. Houlton
  8. Pittsfield
  9. Ellsworth
  10. Sanford

Read on to see how we did it.

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

After getting the data for every place in Maine, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Maine To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Lincoln


Population: 3,189 Recent Job Growth: -1.39%
Future Job Growth: 27.40%

2. Millinocket


Population: 4,530 Recent Job Growth: -7.60%
Future Job Growth: 9.50%

3. Madawaska


Population: 3,136 Recent Job Growth: -1.90%
Future Job Growth: 28.70%

4. Caribou

Caribou, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,169Recent Job Growth: -1.60%
Future Job Growth: 28.10%

5. Paris

Paris - Jobs Maine

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,174 Recent Job Growth: -0.46%
Future Job Growth: 32.20%

6. Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,638Recent Job Growth: -1.61%
Future Job Growth: 30.50%

7. Houlton


Population: 5,029 Recent Job Growth: 0.13%
Future Job Growth: 33.90%

8. Pittsfield


Population: 3,261 Recent Job Growth: 0.55%
Future Job Growth: 33.40%

9. Ellsworth

Ellsworth, Maine

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,717Recent Job Growth: 0.72%
Future Job Growth: 34.20%

10. Sanford


Population: 10,084 Recent Job Growth: 0.97%
Future Job Growth: 33.30%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Lincoln took the “top” spot as the worst city in Maine for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Maine, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Maine To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
lincoln 1 3,189 -1.39% 27.40%
millinocket 2 4,530 -7.60% 9.50%
madawaska 3 3,136 -1.90% 28.70%
caribou 4 8,169 -1.60% 28.10%
paris 5 5,174 -0.46% 32.20%
presque isle 6 9,638 -1.61% 30.50%
houlton 7 5,029 0.13% 33.90%
pittsfield 8 3,261 0.55% 33.40%
ellsworth 9 7,717 0.72% 34.20%
sanford 10 10,084 0.97% 33.30%
skowhegan 11 6,438 1.15% 33.00%
camden 12 3,416 0.37% 34.80%
naples 13 3,868 0.80% 35.00%
naples 14 3,868 0.80% 35.00%
rumford 15 4,365 1.83% 34.20%
calais 16 3,132 1.96% 34.40%
biddeford 17 21,351 0.82% 36.10%
waterboro 18 7,661 0.81% 35.30%
casco 19 3,742 0.83% 35.30%
casco 20 3,742 0.83% 35.30%
jay 21 4,859 1.52% 34.80%
belfast 22 6,664 1.38% 36.50%
lewiston 23 36,588 1.08% 36.30%
farmington 24 4,250 1.51% 36.60%
alfred 25 3,020 0.81% 35.40%
brunswick 26 14,544 1.03% 36.60%
springvale 27 3,515 1.00% 36.90%
sabattus 28 4,909 1.09% 36.10%
old orchard beach 29 8,670 0.81% 36.70%
boothbay 30 3,116 1.74% 35.40%
lisbon falls 31 4,212 1.07% 36.60%
waterville 32 15,780 1.49% 36.90%
westbrook 33 17,501 0.81% 36.80%
wells 34 9,662 0.64% 36.40%
buxton 35 8,052 0.80% 36.80%
lyman 36 4,342 0.81% 36.30%
bangor 37 32,988 1.44% 37.40%
arundel 38 4,044 0.77% 36.80%
old town 39 7,831 1.42% 37.50%
kennebunk 40 5,523 0.81% 36.40%
auburn 41 23,104 1.08% 37.00%
raymond 42 4,443 0.82% 36.40%
saco 43 18,561 0.81% 36.90%
south sanford 44 4,408 1.00% 36.90%
limington 45 3,711 0.82% 36.60%
poland 46 5,368 1.07% 36.80%
bowdoin 47 3,072 0.99% 36.60%
portland 48 66,235 0.81% 37.30%
north windham 49 4,206 0.80% 37.10%
gray 50 7,747 0.80% 37.00%
greene 51 4,348 1.06% 36.80%
south portland 52 24,997 0.81% 37.10%
gray 53 7,747 0.80% 37.00%
glenburn 54 4,570 1.44% 37.40%
bath 55 8,547 1.02% 37.40%
rockland 56 7,314 3.01% 39.30%
augusta 57 19,088 2.00% 38.40%
turner 58 5,712 1.08% 36.80%
orono 59 9,169 1.45% 38.00%
topsham 60 6,293 1.02% 37.00%
china 61 4,330 2.00% 38.00%
york harbor 62 3,029 1.00% 36.90%
windham 63 17,032 0.81% 37.00%
cape neddick 64 3,054 1.00% 36.90%
vassalboro 65 4,354 1.96% 38.20%
gardiner 66 5,816 1.99% 38.10%
woolwich 67 3,074 1.01% 37.10%
lisbon 68 9,023 1.06% 37.80%
lake arrowhead 69 2,939 1.00% 36.90%
york 70 12,625 0.64% 37.20%
south eliot 71 3,501 1.00% 36.90%
brewer 72 9,452 1.45% 37.90%
gorham 73 6,983 0.80% 37.20%
winslow 74 7,779 1.49% 38.00%
hollis 75 4,299 0.82% 37.10%
orrington 76 3,737 1.44% 37.70%
new gloucester 77 5,533 0.83% 37.30%
west gardiner 78 3,446 1.97% 38.40%
falmouth 79 11,233 0.80% 37.60%
scarborough 80 4,252 0.80% 38.00%
falmouth 81 11,233 0.80% 37.60%
holden 82 3,073 1.45% 37.70%
cape elizabeth 83 9,055 0.80% 37.60%
durham 84 3,853 0.83% 38.00%
litchfield 85 3,604 1.99% 38.80%
lebanon 86 6,024 1.12% 38.20%
cumberland 87 7,236 0.80% 37.90%
north yarmouth 88 3,560 0.82% 37.70%
monmouth 89 4,093 2.02% 38.80%
hermon 90 5,432 1.45% 38.20%
yarmouth 91 5,644 0.81% 38.30%
sidney 92 4,179 1.96% 39.10%
belgrade 93 3,178 2.01% 39.40%
kittery 94 4,623 2.87% 42.50%
harpswell 95 4,788 1.07% 38.20%
warren 96 4,718 3.01% 41.90%
hampden 97 4,112 1.45% 38.80%
rockport 98 3,344 2.96% 42.20%
south berwick 99 7,230 1.11% 39.20%
eliot 100 6,224 2.84% 42.50%

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