B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$678
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%

Augusta Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    242
    0
  • Murder
    5
    0
  • Rape
    75
    41
  • Robbery
    107
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    763
    1
  • Theft
    4,267
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    75
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$39,544
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Augusta Reviews

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My family moved to Gardiner when I was a kid, a town 10 minutes south of Augusta. Spent years there before finally getting out. For entertainment you can go shopping, find a couple nature trails, or eat at one of the many franchise restaurants there. The night life consists of two or three dive bars that are overrun by shady people. So many drugs in Augusta now and crimes related to it. Property crimes are also too high, and there are too many unemployed and homeless people now. It used to be a nice place but has declined drastically. There's so many other better parts of Maine. If you have to move to the Augusta area I highly recommend living in any of the surrounding towns (Hallowell ,Manchester, or Vassalboro are the best) because actually living in Augusta is way worse than just having to go there to do your shopping.
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The general experience of Augusta is pleasant. It doesn't cost a lot to live here, but solid employment opportunities are a bit few and far between. Thus, the cost of living index is relatively high considering it is the capital. Winter is a love-hate relationship here. Augusta takes great care of its roads (as far as snow removal)... that is, once the snow has come to a complete stop. The later through winter, the less likely you are to see a plow truck. What is good about the place is it is a very small city, so it really has everything you need while not feeling overwhelming to those not used to large cities. In Maine, however, Portland is definitely the best city to live in.
Augusta often gets a bad reputation due to some of the more unsightly areas. Augusta offers a bounty of shopping and eating, both local and chain retailers and restaurants. In addition to that, Water Street, which could be like a Main Street, is becoming more lively. With the addition of new shops and studios, there are also apartment units being built. The outskirts of Augusta offer great neighborhoods and a lot of times, people don't even realize that they're there or even IN Augusta.