Every year someone compiles a list of what they think are the best school districts in Maine and that time of year is here as the kids get ready to go back.

Niche.com compiled a list of the top 20 school districts in Maine based on a number of factors, including state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, and teacher quality.

Here's the list, but as you look over it, see if you can spot what the school districts at the top have in common.

1. Yarmouth Schools
2. Cape Elizabeth Public Schools
3. Falmouth Public Schools
4. Scarborough Public Schools
5. RSU 51 - Cumberland
6. RSU 26 - Orono
7. Brunswick Public Schools
8. Wells-Ogunquit Charter School District
9. Islesboro Public Schools
10. RSU 21- Kennebunk
11. Greenville Public Schools
12. Bangor Public Schools
13. Gorham Public Schools
14. RSU 78 - Rangely
15. RSU 5 - Freeport
16. RSU 22 - Hampden
17. RSU 35 - Eliot
18. York Public Schools
19. Winthrop Public Schools
20. Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor Central School District

Do you see the similarities with most of the districts in this list? They're rich!

Here's a list of the top 20 towns and cities in Maine based on per capita income based on the 2010 census.

1. North Oxford, Maine $38,462
2. Cape Elizabeth, Maine $37,983
3. Falmouth, Maine $36,716
4. Kennebunkport, Maine $36,707
5. Falmouth Foreside, Maine $36,602
6. Yarmouth, Maine $34,317
7. Ogunquit, Maine $34,289
8. Cape Neddick, Maine $33,788
9. Cumberland, Maine $33,644
10. Southport, Maine $33,481
11. Seboomook Lake, Maine $32,578
12. Cumberland Center, Maine $32,043
13. York, Maine $30,895
14. Harpswell, Maine $30,433
15. Kittery Point, Maine $30,119
16. Bremen, Maine $29,869
17. Arrowsic, Maine $29,597
18. The Forks, Maine $29,362
19. York Harbor, Maine $29,016
20. South Bristol, Maine $28,233

It makes sense. The more money you can afford to pay for your school district in taxes, the better your kids education will be. Rural Maine tends to get the shaft in most cases.

That's not to say there aren't excellent teachers all over the state, because there are. They just might not have all the tools and resources that the wealthy school districts do.

So, based on that, I'm calling this top 20 list bogus. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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