Portland, ME
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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 66,881 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Portland is the largest community in Maine. Portland has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 87.22% 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 (12.67%), management occupations (10.34%), and sales jobs (10.06%).

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.

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.

Portland is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.19% of adults in Portland have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Portland in 2010 was $29,807, which is upper middle income relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $119,228 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 English, Italian, French , and German.

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