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  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
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 an urban suburban mix 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 highly rated.

Real Estate

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

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

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

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 hip, oceanside, friendly, and has great food and entertainment! What more could one want? I have lived in Portland for 18 years, and growing up here has been nothing but an inspiring experience. I have grown up spending days on the coast's best Crescent Beach, going downtown to watch local bands, and running around Maine's most beautiful public parks. It is absolutely perfect, and so beautiful.
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Portland has been up and coming for some time now. It has a large variety of places to eat, shop, and explore. Plus, it's coastal so you get the experience of living on/near the ocean. The climate is pretty mild in the summer; it usually doesn't get too hot. As long as you can deal with snowy and long winters, this is the place for you!
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!