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Old 11-14-2014, 10:56 PM
 
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I'm shocked two of those are out of the top five!

Has to be Portland (just on size alone), Augusta, maybe Auburn or Westbrook?
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Free From The Oppressive State
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I'm shocked two of those are out of the top five!

Has to be Portland (just on size alone), Augusta, maybe Auburn or Westbrook?
Well let me surprise you further, Portland was not even in the top 10.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Maine Crime Index City Rank

"... The crime index value is calculated based on the data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the crime level in a region. Higher crime index value means more crime."

First the lowest crime index numbers:
Rank Crime Index City / Population
1. 78 Swans Island, ME
2. 238 Fort Kent, ME / 2,488
3. 240 Van Buren, ME / 1,937
4. 262 Phippsburg, ME
5. 270 North Berwick, ME / 1,615
6. 291 Gouldsboro, ME
7. 298 East Millinocket, ME / 1,567
8. 320 Rockport, ME
9. 323 Madawaska, ME / 2,967
10. 328 Eliot, ME
11. 348 Richmond, ME / 1,760
12. 364 Winter Harbor, ME / 426
13. 383 Cape Elizabeth, ME
14. 409 Milbridge, ME
15. 427 South Berwick, ME
16. 444 Ashland, ME / 709
17. 446 Eastport, ME / 1,331
18. 448 Bar Harbor, ME / 2,552
19. 464 Yarmouth, ME / 5,869
20. 468 Falmouth, ME / 1,855
21. 472 Mechanic Falls, ME / 2,237
22. 491 Hampden, ME / 4,343
23. 506 Buxton, ME
24. 519 Kennebunkport, ME / 1,238
25. 534 Fort Fairfield, ME / 1,825
26. 550 Lincolnville, ME
27. 575 Islesboro, ME
28. 582 Lisbon, ME
29. 586 Kennebunk, ME / 5,214
30. 588 York, ME
31. 598 Mount Desert, ME


Then the highest crime index numbers:

1. 2,649 Calais, ME / 3,123
2. 2,640 Augusta, ME / 19,136
3. 2,121 Portland, ME / 66,194
4. 2,110 Biddeford, ME / 21,277
5. 2,065 Bangor, ME / 33,039
6. 1,979 Skowhegan, ME / 6,297
7. 1,926 Rockland, ME / 7,297
8. 1,834 Mexico, ME / 1,743
9. 1,820 Waterville, ME / 15,722
10. 1,816 Rumford, ME / 4,218
11. 1,760 Old Orchard Beach, ME / 8,624
12. 1,728 Sanford, ME / 9,761
13. 1,709 Wilton, ME / 2,198
14. 1,615 Dexter, ME / 2,158
15. 1,602 Lewiston, ME / 36,592
16. 1,598 Westbrook, ME / 17,494
17. 1,587 Baileyville, ME
18. 1,536 Dover Foxcroft, ME / 2,528
19. 1,492 Oxford, ME / 1,263
20. 1,482 Auburn, ME / 23,055
21. 1,473 Fairfield, ME / 2,638
22. 1,462 South Portland, ME / 25,002

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Old 11-29-2014, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Sub, I question their figures, because they are wildly off on the population figures. If they can't get even that right, I don't trust them on anything else.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles/Massachusetts
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Just checked City-Data stats for Biddeford as my husband and I were on-line recently and looked at homes for sale in Biddeford. We were shocked to see that crime has really spiked much higher than the national average in nearly all areas in recent years (murders, rapes, burglaries, theft, etc.). Can someone please tell me why this is so? Who's responsible for the increase in crime? Is it due to illegal aliens moving into the area? We live in So. CA, and over the years nearly all cities and towns have been adversely affected because of illegal immigration. Sad.
I live in So. Cal also................I am planning to sell house and move to Maine. I had an opportunity to work at Maine Med but could not leave yet as I have two kids in college in CA.............

I noticed while exploring that Biddeford was quite run down (must have nice sections also).....and heard that it was not good place to live........Saco seems quite nice (my impression).

Look before you leap!!! I came to find out that Portland has what I would call a "mini ghetto"...I was shocked.....Maine is my version of the Last of Americana,,,,,,,,and then I see all these Somali refugees around (research Lewiston). I hope that Maine does not end up like the rest of the country! I was hop ng the cold would keep certain types out (does not keep trailer trash out tho).

Coming back next May/June to find the right place and hopefully buy my forever home......MA has changed so much,,,I cannot believe it as I used to live there.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Portland, ME
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I live in So. Cal also................I am planning to sell house and move to Maine. I had an opportunity to work at Maine Med but could not leave yet as I have two kids in college in CA.............

I noticed while exploring that Biddeford was quite run down (must have nice sections also).....and heard that it was not good place to live........Saco seems quite nice (my impression).

Look before you leap!!! I came to find out that Portland has what I would call a "mini ghetto"...I was shocked.....Maine is my version of the Last of Americana,,,,,,,,and then I see all these Somali refugees around (research Lewiston). I hope that Maine does not end up like the rest of the country! I was hop ng the cold would keep certain types out (does not keep trailer trash out tho).

Coming back next May/June to find the right place and hopefully buy my forever home......MA has changed so much,,,I cannot believe it as I used to live there.
Portland has a ghetto? Ha! Portland has public housing like any city, but there is no place in Portland where I'd be afraid to be on foot.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles/Massachusetts
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You got two of them right, and one of them was a close 5th place.

What do you think of Saco or Scarborough?? Had opportunity to relocate to Maine last summer....but I cannot do it until sell house in So. Cal..............I will be more diligent about researching this when next Spring rolls around..........planning another visit in May.......

For that matter, which towns to you recommend for low crime, some nice town center....convenience to Portland.....??? I am looking at home purchase < 250,000......without going above Portland.

Everyplace has negatives.....MA is too expensive (unless going to Worcester Cty), NH has too high property
tax etc...............New England in general is becoming ......more crime ridden and more expensive............

I also promised myself that I would not rent an apt.....to stay in Maine.....but may have to while searching
for property..............
I am woman in 50s, seeking to check out out of rat races (Los Angeles or even Boston).i

Thanks for any info.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles/Massachusetts
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Portland has a ghetto? Ha! Portland has public housing like any city, but there is no place in Portland where I'd be afraid to be on foot.
Pardon me....I said "mini".....it is great to know that there is no where you would not feel safe while walking......I loved the city.....but there are parts that resemble Lynn, MA............
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Oh, there are definitely some sketchy parts of Portland. I know them well.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Originally Posted by Katrina Laney View Post
Just checked City-Data stats for Biddeford as my husband and I were on-line recently and looked at homes for sale in Biddeford. We were shocked to see that crime has really spiked much higher than the national average in nearly all areas in recent years (murders, rapes, burglaries, theft, etc.). Can someone please tell me why this is so? Who's responsible for the increase in crime? Is it due to illegal aliens moving into the area? We live in So. CA, and over the years nearly all cities and towns have been adversely affected because of illegal immigration. Sad.
My family lives in Saco and my parents lived in Biddeford. It was not my impression that illegal immigration has anything to do with crime in the area. As in most places.....crime is a reflection of lack of opportunity, despair and poverty....the solution isn't to look for bad people.....the solution is in raising the standard of living, employment opportunity etc. Higher minimum wages, better schools, feeding children.....these are the ways to addrss rising crime.

Biddeford is about to enter a period of economic growth, since the garbage incinerator has been torn down...this might be the start of turning the city around. Biddeford is a city that was built on immigration. The huge mills along the Saco river depended on a flow of immigrants from Canada....they were the economic life blood of the city. And no.....they didn't speak English and the first generation didn't need to learn as most of their services were French speaking....schools, churches, banks, fraternal organizations.
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