A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$248,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$969
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    148
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    49
    41
  • Robbery
    88
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    352
    500
  • Theft
    2,215
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    110
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$48,259
National
$55,322
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Portland is an eccentric and vibrant city in beautiful Maine. The restaurant scene is top-notch, complete with local craft breweries and diverse eateries. The local music scene is bustling, and we have more of a progressive stance in the city. Take a walk on the Eastern Promenade and savor the ocean, or drive 40 minutes west and explore nearby mountains. There is something for everyone here!
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Portand is a like a small-town version of Boston. It is the most diverse cities in Maine. There are great places to eat, lots of events going on, and the people are friendly. I have lived in Maine for about 20 years now and I have seen so many positive changes in this city. Although there are a lot going on, I feel like I’ve done it all! The night life in Portland is not bad. The clubs and bars close at 1am which kind of sucks, but if you want to have a longer night out, you would just have to go out early. Even going out early there are many things to do. I really do think that clubs and bars can benefit if they stay open till 2am. Overall Portland is a nice place to live, a great place to settle down and raise a family. Portland is slowly changing a getting better every year. This city has so much potential.
The first time I visited Portland, it felt like home. The ocean breeze that went through my hair while eating a frangipane tart from Standard Baking Company reminded me of summers back home. Portland's food scene is up and coming, with more restaurants per capita than New York. There are an amazing variety of cultural foods to explore, and amazing drink specials at night. Portland is also in an ideal location for taking advantage of both hiking and water activities. Travel a short distance away and you're in beautiful nature reserves, walking on amazing pathways. I also love Portland's weird and accepting community. The only thing Portland could do to improve would be to spend more money on it's public schools, have more celebrations honoring it's ethnic residents, and create more community gardens (the ten or so are not enough!).