Life In Portland, Maine
Called the "Jewel by the Sea" by its celebrated native, Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow, greater Portland combines the
best of all worlds—the variety of a big city with the
beauty and the quality of life in Maine. Located on
the shores of Casco Bay, near lakes and mountains, Portland
boasts innumerable fine restaurants, shops, and cultural
The pace of Portland is a comfortable one.
There are no wild dashes for commuter trains, no miles
of frustrating traffic jams. Instead, there are rolling
hills, picturesque villages and stretches of sandy beaches
within fifteen minutes from the city center. Casco Bay,
20 miles long and 12 miles wide, is streaked with numerous
long, thin peninsulas, and 136 islands.
The Portland area provides many high-quality affordable
living opportunities, as well as excellent school systems
and the safety of one of the lowest violent crime rates
in the United States. Accessibility, excellence and
affordability are key words in describing the cultural
experiences available in the Portland area.
The nationally acclaimed Portland Symphony
Orchestra, led by conductor Toshiyuki Shimada, performs
in the historic City Hall Auditorium. The Portland Museum
of Art, designed by the architectural firm of I.M. Pei,
recently acquired the collection of Joan Whitney Payson,
including works by Picasso, Whistler, Wyeth, and Chagall.
The Cumberland County Civic Center provides a forum
for concerts, ice shows, circuses, semi-professional
hockey and basketball. The recently refurbished Hadlock
Field is home to the popular Portland Sea Dogs Double
AA League baseball team.
Above all, however, it is the healthy and invigorating outdoor
experiences that define the Portland area way of life.
World-class hiking, sailing, skiing, and beaches, to
name but a few, make this an attractive area in which
to live and work. Combined with a greater Portland area
population of over 200,000 hardworking and friendly
people, the Maine slogan of "The Way Life Should Be"
suggests that life in Portland will be a pleasant and
enduring experience. Be sure to check out the links
to the Greater Portland Community.