Livability Awards

A- Sanford Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Sanford Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Maine
1044% more expensive than the US average
1055% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sanford cost of living
B- Sanford Crime Total crime is 102% higher than Maine
Total crime
2,96315% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3415% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-20%Year over year crime is down
Sanford crime
D Sanford Employment Household income is 14% lower than Maine
Median household income
$43,58321% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,54621% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%9% lower than the US average
Sanford employment
F Sanford Housing Home value is 7% lower than Maine
Median home value
$163,60011% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$79017% lower than the US average
Home ownership
62%3% lower than the US average
Sanford real estate or Sanford rentals
F Sanford Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than Maine
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
39%20% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Sanford K-12 schools or Sanford colleges

Living in Sanford, ME

Sanford is a mid-sized city located in the state of Maine. The city has a population of 20,887 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Sanford is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 70% of the population considered married and 65% with kids under the age of 18, Sanford could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Without the right tools, moving to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Sanford, Maine could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Sanford and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Sanford to Maine and the national average.

Using data and statistics Sanford has received a livability score of 58/100. This score is ranked in the 14th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Sanford may not be a pleasant experience. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Sanford has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A-). There are some categories that Sanford does not rank well for, including: weather (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Sanford 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.

Assuming that Sanford meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Sanford. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Sanford are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Sanford come in at $163,600, which is 7% lower than the Maine average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Sanford, the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 8.6% higher than the Maine average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Sanford area were 9.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.9%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      Things to Do in Sanford, ME

      If you'll be welcoming friends and family into Sanford soon, there are several activities you can take advantage of.

      McDougal Orchards is a wonderful place to enjoy nature and there are lots of hiking trails as well. The farm on site also gives you access to local fruits and vegetables. Pine Hollow Little Par Three Golf Course is another great place to visit if you want to enjoy a few games of golf and take in the scenery. Mountain View Golf Range is a great choice as well.

      When you want to take the family out for a fun night, Bowl A Rama is the perfect choice. You can also enjoy the snack options available on site. You can also take your friends to a relaxing local retreat when you visit to Sanford Massage and Wellness. If you're looking for a more thrilling activity, you can pay a visit to Southern Maine Aviation to fly above the city and enjoy the view.
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      Source: The Sanford, ME data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).