Portland

Growing into one of New England’s most prominent cultural hubs.

Welcome to Portland

A charming, blossoming city for the New England of tomorrow.
 
Situated on a peninsula extending out into Casco Bay, Portland is a bustling, hip, modern city growing into one of New England’s most prominent cultural and technological hubs. Bright, intelligent minds have brought a vibrance and new wave of talent to this city, leading to an increase of new residents both in and around town. All these things combined have ensured a bright future for the state’s historic, cultural and economic center. 
 
Originally called “Great Neck” by the region’s original native inhabitants, the peninsula was established as a trading post by the British in 1632. The area was renamed in 1786 and became the state capital in 1820. In modern times, Portland was once the capital city of one of the most progressive-thinking states in the nation. 
 

What to Love

  • Modern, hip, and growing every day
  • Enjoys an oceanfront location and several benefits such as breathtaking scenery, easy access to fresh seafood, an abundance of outdoor recreation activities, and more
  • As the population has grown, Portland has slowly become one of the major cultural and technological hubs of New England
 

Local Lifestyle

Portland residents enjoy several amenities of living in a growing, 21st-century metropolis, without having to sacrifice the simple pleasures of the slower, more tranquil pace usually found in New England. Portland’s downtown and waterfront neighborhoods are home to a number of favored, high-end restaurants and boutiques, specifically within the Old Port. Just beyond the cobblestone streets and red brick buildings, Portland residents enjoy concerts on Thompson’s Point, hikes down quiet trails, days at the museum, or exploring the many islands of the Casco Bay by ferry.
 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

A recent influx of new Portland residents has also led to the establishment of modern and refined eateries throughout the area. After enjoying a quintessential Sunday brunch, visitors can walk off their meals in the Old Port while browsing the several unique businesses and boutiques in the neighborhood.
 
Scales is a high-end eatery specializing in seafood and oysters, served right on the waterfront. With views of the marina in the background, diners feast on New England classics like lobster rolls, seafood stew, and clam chowder. Without question, their Baked Alaska is the sweetest (and proper) way to top off any meal. Similar cuisine can be found nearby at Eventide Oyster Co. Their extensive raw bar menu features fresh-shucked oysters, loaded lobster rolls, and housemade potato chips dusted with nori. 
 
Arguably, one of Portland’s best brunch menus is found at Union. From routine breakfast staples to more modern creations, Union is also known for its cozy and comfortable, yet elevated dinner menu consisting of homemade pasta, roasted chicken and salads piled high with seasonal, local ingredients.
 
The Old Port is home to some of New England’s most quaint and unique local businesses, like Gus & Ruby Letterpress. A custom design and print business, Gus & Ruby was founded by two best friends in 2009 and named after their beloved dogs. Today, the business is the go-to place in New England for hand-pressed invitations and other paper goods.
 
Another business very specific to the New England coast, Sea Bags first sought to create a line of tote bags created from old, recycled sails in order to reduce waste. Today, their collection has expanded to include handbags, duffel bags, wine totes, pillows, door mats, and more, all with their own unique nautical designs.
 

Things To Do

Portland is situated along the scenic Casco Bay within northern New England and some of the nation’s most beautiful terrain. Locals can take in some of this scenery on the Eastern Promenade Trail, a paved waterfront walkway built adjacent to an old railroad route offering its guests spectacular views of the ocean, harbor, and beach. Thompson’s Point on the other edge of town is a popular concert venue overlooking the Fore River, with some recent events have included movie nights under the moon, holiday markets, and concerts featuring well-known artists such as Bon Iver and Maggie Rogers.
 

Schools

Portland is home to some of the finest educational institutions in New England. A few of these are:
 
  • Waynflete, prekindergarten-12th grade; this premiere school has often been named the best private school in the state
  • Cheverus Academy, grades 9-12; established in 1917, Cheverus thoroughly prepares students for college by offering a high number of advanced placement and honors courses
  • Portland Public Schools, prekindergarten-12th grade; the most diverse school district in Maine features a student body that speaks over 60 different languages 
  • Maine College of Art and Design; MECA offers Bachelors and Master of Fine Arts programs across a variety of disciplines
  • University of Southern Maine; over 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees are available
 
 

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Overview for Portland, ME

66,988 people live in Portland, where the median age is 36.6 and the average individual income is $38,702.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

66,988

Total Population

36.6 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$38,702.37

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Portland, ME

Portland has 30,913 households, with an average household size of 2. 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. 66,988 people call Portland home. The population density is 2,915.39 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

66,988

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

36.6

Median Age

48.76 / 51.24%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
30,913

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$38,702.37

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

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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