Portland

Portland

Has an incredible brewery and culinary scene, a scenic downtown, and a working waterfront.

Welcome to Portland

 

Is Portland, Maine a Good Place to Live?

The secret is out, Portland is a fantastic place to live. Maine’s largest city has topped many “best of” lists recently, including U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live on the East Coast.” Portland has an incredible brewery and culinary scene, a scenic downtown, and a working waterfront, and though it’s a small city, it has a cosmopolitan feel.
 
Fun Fact: Portland has suffered from a few major fires in its history, including the Great Fire of 1866 which destroyed a third of the city, leaving 10,000 people homeless.
 

Portland, Maine Real Estate

The city offers a mix of housing options from historic homes to modern condos spread across numerous neighborhoods, each with its own character. The West End, for example, is known for its historic architecture, while the Arts District, home to the Maine College of Art and numerous galleries, offers a vibrant cultural atmosphere.
 

Things to do in Portland, Maine

Restaurants and Breweries
Portland's restaurant scene is a food lover's paradise. Bon Appetit magazine called it “America's Foodiest Small Town” and The Food Network put Portland in its top five “Most Delicious Destinations.” For a cozy dining experience, try Fore Street, a James Beard award-winning restaurant with a wood-fired oven and an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes. For traditional and delicious Japanese, try Izikaya Minato. If you’re in the mood for some casual pub fare, I recommend Bramhall. 
 
Portland is also renowned for its breweries, with Bissell Brothers, Allagash, and Lone Pine topping many beer-lovers’ lists. Maine Brews Cruise offers a great way to tour many of the town’s best while someone else takes the wheel. 
 
Arts and Culture
Portland boasts a thriving artistic community, with numerous galleries, theaters, and art studios. Art lovers can immerse themselves in creativity at the Portland Museum of Art, which houses an impressive collection of American and European works. For those seeking live music, the State Theatre and Thompson’s Point are top-notch venues for concerts.
 
Sights and Places to Visit
The Old Port, Portland’s historic downtown district is home to cobblestone streets, charming shops, and many restaurants and bars.
 
Fort Gorges, which sits prominently in Casco Bay off Portland’s East End, was built in the middle of the 19th century to protect the Portland Harbor. Reachable by boat, the fort is open to the public and is a wonder to explore. Just past Fort Gorges, you’ll find Peaks Island, a laid-back island accessible with a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown Portland. Pack a lunch and explore the island’s beaches, restaurants, and World War II-era military battery by bike in the summer. 
 
Portland’s Eastern Promenade is a stunning urban park. Designed in 1905 by the Olmsted Brothers landscape firm, creators of New York's Central Park and the Boston Commons, the promenade’s 68 acres of cascading fields, trails, gardens, and beach feature unparalleled views of Casco Bay.
 

Portland, Maine Events

First Friday Art Walk
Portland's First Friday Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues. It takes place on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 pm and is a great way to experience the city's vibrant arts scene (and to drink some free wine).
 
Portland Chamber Music Festival
This festival is held in July and features performances by chamber music ensembles from around the world. There are concerts in a variety of venues, including churches, libraries, and museums.
 

Portland, Maine Schools

The public schools in Portland, Maine are generally ranked above average compared to their peers in the state. According to Niche, a website that ranks schools, Portland is an above-average school district with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. The district's schools have a graduation rate of 90%, and students score above average on standardized tests. Portland is also home to some excellent private schools, including Waynflete, which Niche regards as the best public school in Maine. 
 
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Overview for Portland, ME

68,063 people live in Portland, where the median age is 36.9 and the average individual income is $42,960. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

68,063

Total Population

36.9 years

Median Age

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$42,960

Average individual Income

Around Portland, ME

There's plenty to do around Portland, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Captain Mowatt's, Maine Maple Creemee Co, and O' Oysters.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.89 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.57 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.42 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.88 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.57 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.28 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Portland, ME

Portland has 31,237 households, with an average household size of 2.12. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Portland do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 68,063 people call Portland home. The population density is 3,159.41 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Median Age

48.85 / 51.15%

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2.12

Average Household Size

$42,960

Average individual Income

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Schools in Portland, ME

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The following schools are within or nearby Portland. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
King Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Lincoln Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Peaks Island School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Amanda C Rowe School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
East End Community School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Harrison Lyseth Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Howard C Reiche Community School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Longfellow School-Portland
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Gerald E Talbot Community School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Baxter Academy for Technical & Sciences
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
The Maine Girls Academy
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Lyman Moore Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Cheverus High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available

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