Portland, Maine 

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+0.9% since 2020

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9.2 / 4.2

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Best Places to Live in Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is a picturesque coastal city located on the shores of Casco Bay. This historic town features an array of attractions for visitors to explore such as the fascinating Victoria Mansion or the charming Portland Lighthouse. Residents here also enjoy plenty of outdoor activities at Back Cove or Willard Beach. With its top-rated schools, thriving businesses, and wide selection of recreational opportunities, it's no wonder why so many people choose to make Portland their home. Mid-sized coastal city/town complex - Southern Maine on the Atlantic Coast at Casco Bay.
State: Maine
County: Cumberland County
Metro Area: Portland-South Portland Metro Area
City: Portland
Zip Codes: 04103 04102 04101 04108 04109 04019
Cost of Living: 11.9% higher
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 63 ft above sea level

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Portland, Me Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
Historic interest
Attractive towns
Educated population
Harsh winters
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Low ethnic diversity

What Bert Has To Say About Portland-South Portland Metro Area

Portland is Maine’s largest city and cultural center. It is a New England classic, with shipping, commercial fishing, and a quaint historic core known as the Old Port. After suffering an extensive urban decline in the 1970s, locals realized what they had and restored much of the downtown core commercially and aesthetically. The result is an excellent example for other cities to follow. Today the Old Port area is an active commercial and entertainment district, with excellent seafood restaurants. The rest of the downtown area is clean, attractive and functional, and the entire city has a slow pace and small-town, New England feel.


The unemployment rate in Portland is 5.2% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Portland jobs have increased by 1.2%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Portland's cost of living is 11.9% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Portland's Cost of Living

August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Portland, while January and February are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Cumberland county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 66.5% to 30.8%. More Voting Stats

Portland's population is 68,063 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 0.9%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 19.1 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Portland is Real Estate: $451,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 17.4%.

Portland public schools spend $15,796 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 11.9 students per teacher in Portland. More Education

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Housing Market in Portland

It's a good time to buy in Portland. Home Appreciation is up 17.4% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Portland is $451,100.
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Reviews for Portland   35 Reviews
Ruined by pandemic, Not worth cost to live here - 10/23/2021
Used to be great before the pandemic. Now people from out of state have ruined it by paying New York prices for real estate site unseen. Why would you live in Maine when... Read More

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Tears and Jimmy Johns - 6/23/2021
I have never lived here but the lack of Jimmy John’s is depressing and makes me wish I was deceased.... Read More

bad experience!! - 9/21/2018
I found out I was allergic to corn on the cob here. I would give Portland twelve thumbs downs if I could. My friend told me there was a subway here and I thought he... Read More
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