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  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
Portland is a town in Maine with a population of 66,715. Portland is in Cumberland County and is one of the best places to live in Maine. Living in Portland offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Portland there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Portland and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Portland are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$261,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,018
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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Portland Rankings

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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
    120.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    3
    6.1
  • Rape
    71.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    82
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    247.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,242.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    144.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Portland

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,430
National
$55,322
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Portland Reviews

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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!).