A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  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
$239,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$946
National
$928
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
    121
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    49
    41
  • Robbery
    148
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    398
    525
  • Theft
    2,525
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    103
    263

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,280
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Portland, ME is a fun quirky small city with a very diverse community. Local underground scene with speakeasies, bars, restaurants for every craft beer and wine enthusiast to elitist foodies. Cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks pave this compact city full of arts and night life. Something for everyone!
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Portland is awesome! Everything you could want in a city all wrapped into one. Many activities in town and several adventures not far away. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, hunting, snowboarding, are all within just an hour or two drive away.
I've recently moved to Portland and I love it here! Amazing restaurants, great job opportunities, and lots of property available for a livable cost. Great city.