Portland, ME

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Quality of life in Portland, ME

Portland, Maine, is a small, seaside city with a welcoming community and great outdoor environment. With its natural beauty, low unemployment and safe environment it should be especially attractive for young families. It has a distinct local business culture dominated by the port, niche cafes and boutiques. With more than 200 restaurants, Portland has one of the highest per capita restaurant densities in the United States.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

3
246/263
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Rent index [score]0.59

Cost of Living

4
204/261
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5km taxi ride$2.00
A Cappuccino$3.20
A beer$2.67
A kilogram of Apples$4.00
Bread$2.48
Inflation [score]0.43
Lunch$19.00
Monthly fitness club membership$25.00
Monthly public transport$42.00
Movie ticket$9.30
Price of a meal at a restaurant$90.48

Startups

4
180/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co3
Meetups [score]0.17
Meetups groups28
Meetups members4306
Number of investors12
Number of startup events in the last 12 months109
Number of upcoming meetup events8
Startup climate scene [score]0.45
Startup events6
Startup events8
Startup events [score]0.30
Startups [score]0.47
Total number of startups38

Venture Capital

3
174/228
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Venture capital [score]0.26

Travel Connectivity

1
242/260
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Airport hub2
Airport hub [score]0.10
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
174/260
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Traffic handling [score]0.72

Business Freedom

9
67/259
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Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

7
169/264
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Crime rate [score]0.75
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year12
Guns per 100 residents82
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.68
Lack of guns [score]0.61
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.64

Healthcare

7
152/260
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Healthcare expenditure [score]0.28
Healthcare quality [score]0.92
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
155/230
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

7
90/264
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Air quality [score]0.58
Cleanliness [score]0.73
Drinking water quality [score]0.82
Urban greenery [score]0.76

Economy

6
16/258
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Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
171/260
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Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.29
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

4
186/263
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Download speed (Mbps)24.61
Internet access (download) [score]0.52
Internet access (upload) [score]0.25
Upload speed (Mbps)5.35

Leisure & Culture

3
231/263
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Art galleries83
Art galleries [score]0.51
Cinemas15
Cinemas [score]0.34
Comedy clubs13
Comedy clubs [score]0.55
Concert venues44
Concerts [score]0.61
Historical sites29
Historical sites [score]0.29
Museums23
Museums [score]0.40
Performing art venues69
Performing arts [score]0.60
Sport venues6
Sports [score]0.54
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.49

Tolerance

7
54/264
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LGBT Equality Index97.10
LGBT Equality Index [score]1.00
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.48

Outdoors

4
157/260
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Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.12
Median peak in meters74.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)18.00
Water access [score]0.77
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Portland are in the 204th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Moving to Portland will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$25
Movie ticket$9
Broadband internet connection$50
Monthly public transport$42
Lunch$19
-17%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Portland, ME are above average. For this job type, Portland, ME ranks 74th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Portland, ME.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$58,423
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Low
33/53
Theft
Low
23/51
Robbery
Very Low
8/46

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault0%
  • Theft17%

Gun crimes & Ownership

82.27
Guns per 100 people
11.89
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Portland, ME in position 74 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

101

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Portland, ME

Portland is the largest city in the US state of Maine. Portland had a population of 66,881 in 2010. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine's total population. The Old Port district is frequented by tourists, while Portland Head Light is also a destination. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named for the English Isle of Portland, and the city of Portland, Oregon was in turn named after Portland, Maine.

Native Americans originally called the Portland peninsula Machigonne ("Great Neck"). Portland, Maine was named for the English Isle of Portland, and the city of Portland, Oregon was in turn named for Portland, Maine. The first European settler was Capt. Christopher Levett, an English naval captain granted 6,000 acres (2,400 ha) in 1623 to found a settlement in Casco Bay. A member of the Council for New England and agent for Ferdinando Gorges, Levett built a stone house where he left a company of ten men, then returned to England and wrote a book about his voyage to drum up support for the settlement. The settlement failed, and the fate of Levett's colonists is unknown. The explorer sailed from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony to meet John Winthrop in 1630, but never returned to Maine. Fort Levett in the harbor is named for him.

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