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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$127,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$635
National
$928
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    9%
  • Own
    91%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
  • Murder
    0
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,476
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    45%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Benton Reviews

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Crime has increased in the local area, I think mainly due to the rise in opiate addiction. Addicts are getting more desperate to find the drugs and there are more dealers coming to Maine from other states and making money from them! This is very scary to me and it seems to be getting worse. It seems that the police have had some busts and found some of the big time dealers but still of great concern.
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There are a few vacant buildings that have been foreclosed on by banks. Fortunately, gradually these homes have been auctioned off and people are moving into them! I have noticed this is improving. I wish the banks would try to help homeowners stay in their homes more rather than leave the home vacant and the families homeless!
I enjoy living in this area as there are employment opportunities for young adults and there is lots to do. Living expenses aren't terribly high here. There are lots of walking trails, with more popping up all the time!