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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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.
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Portland is a small city with a lot to offer! This city has tons of charm with a vibrant art scene, great restaurants for the food lovers and endless outdoor activities for all. If you're looking at Maine to study and you're from away know that the winters are wicked cold, be prepared to stock up on plenty of warm gear.
It's been a long journey - but Portland's been part of this journey. It's a unique city, aside from having a plethora of restaurants, coffee shops and hipsters. There's a certain feel to this place, something that makes it feel connected. Beyond that, it's a rapidly growing city with ample opportunity for work, education and family. There's always at something to do, and while it's not exactly the absolute cleanest city it's still got this Old World charm it can't shake. Even with the beginnings of gentrification taking hold, there's still this salt-of-the-earth, working class vibe to it. Whether or not this will stay, I can't say for sure. But it's certainly I city I'd recommend to anyone. It's cheaper and smaller than New York but still provides similar opportunities for all.