The real estate blog Movoto crunched the numbers on the latest FBI crime data and released its list of what it called the “10 most dangerous places in Maine.”
Movoto recognizes, to some extent, that what qualifies as “dangerous” in Maine still isn’t particularly dangerous by the standards applied in the rest of the country, as the Pine Tree State regularly shows among the lowest crime rates in the nation and is frequently listed at or near the top of any ranking of safest states.
Movoto itself notes in a separate analysis that Maine has the least amount of violent crime per capita of any of the 50 states.
But, the website acknowledges, “clearly, that doesn’t mean that all of its places are free from crime.”
Within that context, Movoto looked at all Maine cities and towns with at least 5,000 people, then figured out how many murders, other violent crimes, property crimes and overall total crimes took place in each of those cities and towns per person.
(That Movoto is looking at crimes per capita is significant, because otherwise the biggest cities — Portland, Lewiston and Bangor — would likely just be at the top of the list.)
The website then gave greater weights to murder, violent crimes and property crimes, to make it clear that a place with frequent burglary sprees is probably “more dangerous” than a place with, say, a rampant jaywalking problem.
Violent crimes are things like assault, robbery and rape, for what it’s worth. Property crimes would be things more like theft or vehicle break-ins.
Movoto also made it clear that the ranking should not be looked at as a critique of police practices in these places, but rather just a statistical breakdown of where crimes occurred.
Without further ado, your 10 most dangerous places in Maine, as determined by Movoto:
- Augusta; population, 19,000; 1 out of every 15 residents was a victim of crime during the FBI study year of 2013.
- Biddeford; population, 21,000; 1 out of every 17 residents was a victim of crime.
- Bangor; population, 33,000; the Queen City’s one property crime for every 18 people was the third highest rate in Maine.
- Waterville; population, 16,000; the Elm City’s one violent crime for every 372 residents was the fourth highest in Maine.
- Skowhegan; population, 9,000; with 498 property crimes and 18 violent crimes in a relatively small population, this town takes the top spot in overall crime per capita.
- Portland; population, 66,000; the Forest City had the fifth most violent crimes per person and the eighth most property crimes per person.
- Sanford; population, 21,000; high violent crime numbers — third most in the state with one for every 300 people — outweighs middle-of-the-road property crime figures.
- Auburn; population, 23,000; Auburn’s one property crime for every 21 residents placed it sixth highest in the state.
- South Portland; population, 25,000; Movoto reports that South Portland had the seventh most violent crimes in the state per person, but the 14th most property crimes.
- Lewiston; population, 36,000; Lewiston had the sixth most violent crimes per capita, but only the 13th most total crimes per person.