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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  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
Gardiner is a town in Maine with a population of 5,672. Gardiner is in Kennebec County. Living in Gardiner offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Gardiner and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$137,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$672
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Gardiner Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    17.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    88.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    758
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Gardiner

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,475
National
$55,322
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Gardiner is an enjoyable city to live in. It is a very small city, with a very small downtown area. Water Street in Gardiner is one of the greatest main streets in Kennebec County. During the summer, there are often community events along water street, and the entire length of the street is incredibly pet friendly, with water dishes for animals lining the street, and a park next to the Kennebec River at the end of the street.

The schools are pretty great from what I have seen, and the high school requires community service to graduate.

There is little as far as night life, as pretty much everything is closed by 9pm. However, the main streets are nicely lit if you want to go on a nighttime stroll.

Gardiner has some very nice houses for sale, but also some that are overpriced and don't offer even a near value to some of the surrounding areas.
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Gardiner is a small, historic town in Maine that offers many local businesses and retail stores so you're just minutes away from finding what you need. It's the perfect place for older people or those who want to live somewhere quieter. However, the population is 98% white people so there is not much diversity and culture.
Gardiner is an older town. I have only lived in Gardiner for about 8 years. The safety seems reasonable but there are little to no job opportunities in Gardiner. My normal commute to work is about an hour. There is not a lot to do in Gardiner so most people travel to the capital. With that said, many people have attempted to open new shops but unsuccessfully as the town doesn't have enough traffic or tourists itself.