Portland 74 Excellent
Portland Livability #40 ranked city in Maine#8,231 ranked city in the USARanks better than 71% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Portland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Portland Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% higher than Maine
11111% more expensive than the US average
1011% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Portland cost of living
B+ Portland Crime Total crime is 52% higher than Maine
Total crime
1,92118% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5318% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-32%Year over year crime is down
Portland crime
C- Portland Employment Household income is 5% lower than Maine
Median household income
$48,25913% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,7353% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Portland employment
D Portland Housing Home value is 41% higher than Maine
Median home value
$248,00034% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9692% higher than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
Portland real estate or Portland rentals
C- Portland Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Maine
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
47%2% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:124% lower than the US average
Portland K-12 schools
C+ Portland User Ratings There are a total of 14 ratings in Portland
Overall user rating
68% 14 total ratings
User reviews rating
64% 5 total reviews
User surveys rating
72% 9 total surveys
all Portland poll results

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      Living in Portland, ME

      Portland is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maine. The city has a population of 66,649 residents. Portland has a population density of 3,093 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 84% of Portland residents are White, 8% Black and 4% Asian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Portland might be a good fit as 71% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 63% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Living in Portland can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Maine, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Portland and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, education, housing and other important metrics.

      Portland has a livability score of 66/100 and is ranked #44 in Maine and #16,365 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Portland has received high marks for amenities (A+). Unfortunately for Portland, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F), weather (F), education (F) and housing (D).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Portland has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Portland: Old Port, Portland Museum of Art, and Wicked Walking Tours.

      Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Portland has an unemployment rate of 1.08% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

      Assuming that Portland meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Portland. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Portland are simply unattainable. The median home price for Portland homes is $248,000, which is 40.9% higher than the Maine average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Portland, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.1, which is 45.7% higher than the Maine average. Real estate appreciation rates in Portland are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Portland homes comes in at 11%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 6.5%.

      Portland transportation information

      Average one way commute19min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work65.8%78.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.8%10.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.2%0.6%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.1%0.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk12.8%4.0%2.8%
      Working from home5.7%5.5%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Portland, ME data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).