Portland, ME
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Living in Portland


Portland is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 66,882 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Portland is the largest community in Maine. Much of the housing stock in Portland was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Portland real estate is some of the most expensive in Maine, although Portland house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Portland is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.79% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Portland is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portland who work in office and administrative support (13.14%), management occupations (11.16%), and sales jobs (9.93%).

Of important note, Portland is also a city of artists. Portland has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Portland’s character.

Also of interest is that Portland has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One thing noticeable about Portland, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Portland is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Portland a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the nice things about Portland is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The citizens of Portland are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.60% of adults in Portland have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Portland in 2010 was $32,221, which is upper middle income relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $128,884 for a family of four. However, Portland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Portland is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Portland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portland residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Portland include Irish, English, Italian, German, and French.

The most common language spoken in Portland is English. Other important languages spoken here include African languages and French.