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A+ Lewiston Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Lewiston Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Maine
100same as the US average
1055% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lewiston cost of living
B- Lewiston Crime Total crime is 28% higher than Maine
Total crime
1,88627% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5427% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Lewiston crime
D Lewiston Employment Household income is 25% lower than Maine
Median household income
$38,19931% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,62924% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%12% lower than the US average
Lewiston employment
F Lewiston Housing Home value is 18% lower than Maine
Median home value
$143,50022% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$68128% lower than the US average
Home ownership
49%23% lower than the US average
Lewiston real estate or Lewiston rentals
F Lewiston Schools HS graduation rate is 10% lower than Maine
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
23%54% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:16% higher than the US average
Lewiston K-12 schools or Lewiston colleges

Living in Lewiston, ME

Lewiston is a mid-sized city located in the state of Maine. The city has a population of 36,277 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (88% White). Given that fact, Lewiston could be considered less diverse than other cities. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Lewiston is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 20 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Lewiston, Maine could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Lewiston and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Maine and national averages.

Lewiston, ME receives 63 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #68 in Maine and #19,861 in the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Lewiston has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (B+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Lewiston. The following was graded with a disappointing score: weather (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Lewiston has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Bates College Museum of Art, The Public Theatre, and Rachel Larrivee Massage Therapy.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Lewiston is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Lewiston come in at $143,500, which is 18.5% lower than the Maine average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lewiston, the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 8.6% higher than the Maine average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Lewiston will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Lewiston, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 6.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.6%.

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Compare Lewiston, ME Livability To Other Cities

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Peace and Beauty in Lewiston, ME

Lewiston has a lot to offer for a small city. I enjoy taking advantage of some of the free activities that the city offers including the festivals at Androscoggin River in the summer and Lost Valley for skiing in the winter. Androscoggin is a beautiful river with a lot of natural scenery that is perfect for taking pictures.

The best thing about living in Lewiston is the accessibility to other small towns such as Auburn. Auburn is about 5 miles away and is perfect for those that want to venture out and shop or enjoy getting a change of scenery. I recommend the Auburn Riverwalk. Lewiston has a lot of museums that may keep the children entertained or antique shops including the Orphan Annie specialty gift shop.

Lewiston is very family oriented and we do our best to welcome newcomers. I have a few neighbors that relocated from New York and they rave about how peaceful Lewiston is in comparison to the big city.
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Source: The Lewiston, ME data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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