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    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Rockland is a town in Maine with a population of 7,204. Rockland is in Knox County. Living in Rockland offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Rockland and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$164,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$733
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Rockland Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    97.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    14
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    195.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,038.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    69.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Rockland

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,486
National
$55,322

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Rockland Reviews

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Rockland hosts art galleries, MULTIPLE dining options, clothing stores, furniture & home decor, salon & spa, book stores, pet stores, art stores, to name a few. Travel off of the 'strip' and you'll find a world class golf course & resort on the ocean that neighbors a lighthouse accessible by a 7/8mile breakwater! Cruise ships, farmer’s markets, and live music dominate summer. There are a number of local beaches both on the ocean and lakes. Hiking is available as well canoeing, fishing, hunting, camping, and sightseeing on schooners. Access to Maine's islands is also available year round multiple times a day through a scheduled ferry service transporting both persons and vehicles 20 miles to the island of Vinalhaven and North Haven. Rockland also has an attractive surrounding area full of livestock farms and state parks. In the winter, a local ski resort is open a couple towns over. This is a great place year round - in fact, I'm moving back rather soon as it's home to me.
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I like Rockland better than other Maine towns I've lived in, but it still suffers from the demographic issues of the rest of the state, in that it's very white and very old and while it's superficially progressive it's not really looking very much to the future. People are looking to add more hospitality jobs when we struggle to fill the jobs in that field that already exist, because the jobs don't pay well enough for people to live on them. That said, it is an interesting town and despite living in Rockland for 5 years and in the Midcoast for my entire life, I can still explore and find things that surprise me (positively) here, which I really appreciate. We do also have a great library and some excellent local businesses, like Rock City Coffee, Atlantic Baking Company, Hello Hello Books, Huston-Tuttle (art supply store)...those are definitely worth mentioning and supporting.
Rockland is an incredible coastal town with much to offer. From boat tours to walking the Breakwater to dinner at a local lobster shack or fine dining, Rockland can cater to any individual. It offers diverse and exciting activities and adventures and is the perfect vacation or tourist destination, especially in the summer.