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 home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Portland real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Portland is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.45% 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 (12.56%), management occupations (10.55%), and sales jobs (10.46%).

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.

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.

Another interesting thing about Portland, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with 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: 46.89% 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 $30,735, which is upper middle income relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $122,940 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 Spanish.