Portland frequently receives national recognition, including:
- September 2012 Forbes Magazine names Portland as one of Americas Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods
- 2012 Parenting Magazine 3rd Best City for Families in the U.S.
- 2012 Travel+Leisure Readers Survey ranked Portland #1 in several of their “Best Cities for” listings including “Best for Summer”, “4th of July”, “Base for Day Trips”, “Safety” and “Driving Ability”
- Named America's most livable city in 2009 by Forbes.com
- Bon Appetite Magazine “Foodiest Small Town in America” October 2009
- Ranked in the “Top 100 Historic Places In The World” by National Geographic Traveler in 2008
- Listed in the “Top 100 List of Cities” in 2008 and the “Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S.” in 2010 by Relocate America
- Noted as a “Best Town” by Outside Magazine in 2007
- Named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as a “Top City for Creative People” and “Best City for Mid-level Professionals” in 2007
The Greater Portland area, with about 25% of the state’s population, offers everything from quaint New England villages to revitalized historic mill towns. Local schools are outstanding and healthcare is excellent.
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The region’s central location makes the rest of Maine easily accessible. In 30 minutes you can be in Portland, the state’s largest city, or in Augusta, the state capital. Within an hour’s drive you can hit a number of Maine's lakes, ponds and mountains or experience the charm of some of Maine’s most famous coastal communities such as Camden, Rockland and Rockport.
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