Cobblestone streets, award-winning restaurants, breathtaking waterfront views - welcome to Portland!

Portland is consistently recognized and nationally ranked for its excellent quality of life and top notch food and beer scene. Take a stroll in Portland’s historic district, the Old Port, to shop, antique, enjoy a Lobster roll, and see the working waterfront. Head to Munjoy Hill for unbeatable waterfront parks and beaches and views of Casco Bay and the city’s surrounding islands. Take a bike ride, walk, or jog on the 2-mile paved trail that loops along the eastern edge of Portland, or hop on the ferry for a day adventure to one of Portland’s nearby harbor islands. Maybe check out Portland’s West End for an afternoon with historic Victorian homes belonging to sea captains from Portland’s maritime past.

Want to head out of town? We’re experts at outdoor activities here - be it summer, fall, winter, or spring! Portland is a short drive to mountains for downhill skiing or hiking, beaches for surfing or enjoying the pleasant summer weather, nature trails for cross country skiing or mountain biking, rivers and lakes for fishing and boating, and a craggy coastline dotted with islands and light houses.


Recent Accolades

U.S. News and World Report: Ranked #23 in Best Places to Live, #19 in Best Places to Retire

USA Today: 5th Best Beer Bar in America - Novare Res Bier Cafe

Bon Appetit - Restaurant City of the Year

View from Munjoy hill observatory

View from Munjoy hill observatory

Portland at a Glance


66,490 population

43.4 median age

55.7 / 37.1 avg high/low temps

47.3 inches, annual rainfall

2.6% unemployment rate

$48,970 annual salary