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Portland is a city in Cumberland County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the city in England.

The latitude of Portland is 43.661N. The longitude is -70.255W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 62 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 63,635.


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Median household income
Local
$35,650
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Portland demographic reports
Portland is on Casco Bay.
Former and merged names include:
· Falmouth
· Machigonne
· Pasco
British ships nearly destroyed the town in 1775. The economy flourished in the 19th century, with shipyards, railroads, lumber, sugar refining and textile mills.

More than 1,800 buildings burned in a fire started during a Fourth of July celebration in 1866.

In recent years, the city has restored its waterfront. The area thrives as a popular tourist/entertainment district of restaurants and stores.

Public transportation: Regional Transportation Program (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 242. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3.8 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "The Preacher's Wife"
· 1993 movie, "The Man Without a Face"
· 1996 movie, "Thinner"
Setting for Longfellow's poems "My Lost Youth" and "The Lighthouse."
Well-known residents have included:
· Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
· Judd Nelson, actor
· Stephen King, author
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Festival of Nations - July 28, 2007
  • Maine Brewers' Festival - Nov. 3, 2007
  • Maine Festival of the Book - June 22-24, 2007
  • Maine Boatbuilders Show - March 16-18, 2007
  • Portland Festival of Nations - July 28, 2007
  • Old Port Festival - June 3, 2007
  • Baystock Festival - Aug. 18, 2007
  • Greek Heritage Festival - June 21-23, 2007
  • Steam Fest - Oct. 6-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Portland web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Portland Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Deering Oaks, Crescent Beach State Park
Portland attractions: Portland Public Market
Sports teams: Sea Dogs (minor league baseball), Pirates (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: Center for Maine History, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Fire Museum, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, Children's Museum of Maine
Colleges and universities: Maine College of Art, Andover College, Casco Bay College, University of New England-Westbrook College Campus, University of Southern Maine
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 225
Quotes:
Portland people are steadied by the vistas that play a large part in their lives -- vistas of sea and sky, of islands in the bay, of coves, of lighthouses outlined against craggy rocks.
-- An American Notebook
Philip Hamburger

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Portland demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Cumberland County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Portland area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 04101 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

6% of Portland residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Portland ancestry & family history guide.

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Recommendations: A ferry ride to Peaks Island; dinner at the Fore Street restaurant

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Portland was $22,698, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

36% of Portland residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Portland festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Portland include Deering Street Historic District, Portland Waterfront, Rockland Main Street Historic District, Spring Street Historic District, Stroudwater Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Portland, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $552.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,088.


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Libraries in Portland include Portland - Burbank Branch Library, Portland - Cliff Island Library Club, Portland - Munjoy Branch Library, Portland - Reiche Branch Library, Portland - Riverton Branch Library, Portland Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Portland include Portland Press Herald

TV stations in Portland include WCSH, WGME, WPXT.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WMEA.

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Restaurants

Portland restaurants taking online reservations include Back Bay Grill, Cinque Terre, Fore Street, Vignola ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Portland workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Portland between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ Portland people are steadied by the vistas that play a large part in their lives -- vistas of sea and sky, of islands in the bay, of coves, of lighthouses outlined against craggy rocks. ”
~ An American Notebook
Philip Hamburger

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