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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 66,735. 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 above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$273,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,079
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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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
    129.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    43.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    64.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    272.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,196.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    22%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    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
$56,977
National
$55,322
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I love Portland! It's beautiful, walkable, and accessible. Very foodie town, with over 100 resturants! Parking can be difficult at times (especially in the winter), and the parking authority is strict.
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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.
Portland is an incredibly diverse city with rural and urban sectors. Low-income housing and immigrant services are prevalent in the Old Port downtown area, while extremely high-priced and wealthier housing options are located in the rural areas. There are a wide variety of public and private schools placed strategically around the city to reach all students of Portland. Night life and tourism is a big focus of the downtown. Many restaurants have been replaced by healthier options, and gyms are being built on the regular. Homelessness is rampant within the city, but many shelters, food pantries, and soup kitchens offer aid to help these people. Portland is a spread out city, and commute time in between buildings of interest is never more than 20 minutes due to the light traffic and efficient roadways.