Bangor Daily News - Although drug addiction and related crimes are a growing problem across Maine, the state and its metropolitan areas still maintain some of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation, according to data collected by the FBI.
Bangor’s metropolitan area, which includes all of Penobscot County, recorded only 76.9 violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault — per 100,000 people for 2014, the latest crime data available from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Portland and South Portland came in at 127.6 violent crimes per 100,000 and Lewiston-Auburn, which includes Androscoggin County, had a rate of 142.
The numbers for Maine are very low considering that only seven of the nearly 400 metropolitan areas listed by the FBI had violent crime rates below 100 per 100,000 people. Philadelphia had the highest violent crime rate of 861.4 for every 100,000 residents.