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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$121,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$621
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%

Waterville Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    104
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    67
    41
  • Robbery
    55
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    452
    500
  • Theft
    3,525
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    73
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$32,403
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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This town is in the process of re-growing. We have more restaurants coming into town along with Colby College investing in the city of Waterville and putting residence halls in downtown Waterville along with building an even better campus. They are investing a ton into their students including great financial packages. I think this town will eventually have a ton to offer. Its great to see the town revitalizing.
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It's not the best, but its home for now. That's life, you cannot always get what you want when you're first getting on your feet. My dream is to move to Florida. Waterville has given me a good taste of what the "city" life is all about. I almost feel spoiled when I can order-out at 12 A.M, compared to my home town friends who cannot order out past 8 P.M! Its not the worst, but its not the best!
Growing up in a small town in the middle of Maine is very interesting as every time you go out, you see at least one of two people that you may know. But Waterville was one of the bigger towns, albeit a small city, in Kennebec county and I made a lot of good friends and memories while living there.