When you live in a city the size of Bangor -- as nice as it may be -- some areas are bound to be rougher than others.
While the numbers might not tell the whole story, they do give us a general idea of crime in the city. For instance, the numbers tell us that Bangor's violent crime rate of 1.85 crimes per 1,000 people is better than the national average of 3.8 per 1,000 people. However, Bangor's property crime rate of 40.97 is way above the national average of 26 per 1,000 people.
Breaking down the numbers a little further, we also can conclude that living on the east side of the city appears to be safer than the west side.
The list is based on violent and property crimes such as homicide, rape, armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Below are Bangor's eight neighborhoods ranked from safest to most dangerous. You can click on the name of the neighborhood for more details.
For the second year in a row, this is actually the safest neighborhood in Bangor, according to the Neighborhood Scout. It is also among the most rural of the city's neighborhoods and includes the area around Bangor High School and Husson University.
This east side neighborhood was the fourth-safest in Bangor last year. Now it's the second! This neighborhood includes most of the "tree streets" as well as the neighborhood around Stillwater Park.
This area starts in downtown and includes the area north of Hammond Street to 15th street on the west side. It includes the Hayford Park area and Stephen King's house. This was the fifth-safest neighborhood in 2016. Now it's third safest.
This neighborhood, which was second-safest in 2016, now drops down to fourth-safest. It includes the Little City neighborhood, which stretches from Center Street to the Kenduskeag Stream on the city's east side. This is also the most expensive neighborhood in Bangor.
This is the safest west side neighborhood on the list. It's a large neighborhood in terms of geography, and it includes upscale residential areas around Fairmount Park and the Bangor Municipal Golf Course.
The area includes outer Ohio Street and Old and New Capehart. The neighborhood drops one spot to the sixth-safest neighborhood in Bangor.
We're almost to the most dangerous neighborhood in the city, but not quite. This was the most dangerous neighborhood in the city last year. Not any more! This area west of Main Street includes First Street through Fifth Street and the area north of Buck Street including Second Street Park.
Here we are: The most dangerous neighborhood in Bangor, according to the folks at Neighborhood Scout. This area includes most of the city's downtown (West Market Square and Pickering Square) as well as much of the Bangor's riverfront.