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Portland Maine Area Information

As Maine’s largest city, Portland is the hub of business activity in the state. Its natural deep water port rivals that of Boston, New York and Philadelphia in cargo and oil shipments. The city is known for its wide array of fine restaurants. The highly desirable Old Port District is located along well recognized downtown streets, housing some of the best locations for local and national businesses. In fact, the charm of the Old Port, including its cobblestones streets and working waterfront, has put Portland on several “Best Cities” lists. The district is visited by over 3.5 million tourists annually. The biggest draw to this region is most likely the area’s mix of companies looking for a charming New England setting along Portland’s waterfront. Home to one-third of the state’s population, Portland is Maine’s largest city and financial capital. People are drawn to Portland for its world renowned restaurants, its retailers, its art community and its outdoor activities. The city has landed spots on numerous national “Best’s” lists for its safety, affordable housing, business opportunities, fine dining, schools, lifestyle and healthcare.

Portland  is the center of what’s known as the Greater Portland Region in Maine’s Cumberland County. Throughout the 1990’s, the county experienced steady population growth, contributing to the area’s status as one of Northern New England’s leading urban centers. The population of Cumberland County grew by approximately 12.5% between 1980 and 1990. Since then, it has continued to increase by 9.6%. Greater Portland alone accounts for more than 20% of the entire state’s population. The Cumberland County’s per capita income not only continues to be Maine’s highest, but also exceeds the nation’s average by more than 8%.


• lists Portland, Maine as one of its ten most unexpected cities for high-tech innovation

• The Huffington Post named the Portland-Lewiston region as the eighth best restaurant metro area in the US

• Women’s Health Magazine ranked Portland #10 reflecting efforts to make it easy to live healthy active lives in Maine’s largest city

• Forbes Magazine ranked Portland 11th in its list of America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods

• Kiplinger Magazine named Portland the best city in the country for the young at heart

• Parenting Magazine named the City of Portland the 3rd Best City in the U.S. for Families

• Portland ranked 7th “Greenest City” in the United States according to the readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine

• GoLocal ranked Portland in Top 10 for New England’s Best Cities in 2012

• Forbes ranked the Portland Area in the Top 10 for Job Prospects

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