Founded in 1623, Portland is one of the oldest cities in the North America. Today, it is home to 66,318 residents, and a greater metropolitan population of 518,117, making it the largest city in Maine. The city has a rich history, primarily due to its setting as a battle site during the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Because of its age, it has many points of interest, such as historical buildings, parks, and battlefield sites. Modern attractions include the Portland Museum of Art, the Children's Museum of Maine and the Maine Historical Society and Museum. Even though it is a small city, Portland still has its share of festivals every year, namely the Festival of Nations, the Maine Vegetarian and Vegan Food Festival, the Maine Brewers Festival and the Italian Heritage Festival, all of which are widely attended.
The cost of living in Portland is 3.7 percent above the national average, but 9.7 percent less than the state average. Goods and services, healthcare, and transportation are all higher than national average, but the cost of these services are offset by cheap housing and utilities. The median household income is $56,448, and the median home price is $226,000. The average rental price is $897 a month.
Portland Job Opportunities
Portland is Maine's economic capital because of the large population and the biggest port in Maine. While much of the local economy is historically rooted in fishing, agriculture and manufacturing, the city now enjoys a wide array of service industries, such as healthcare, financial services, insurance, retail and food service that all provide Portland jobs. In fact, Portland has 230 restaurants, giving it the most restaurants per capita of any city in the United States. Those looking for occupations in other industries should check out the nearby capital city for jobs in Augusta.
The Maine Medical Center and the Children's Miracle Network provide the city with a hotbed of activity for healthcare professionals, as these two businesses are the largest employers of Portland, ME jobs, employing over 12,000 workers. Check out healthcare jobs in Portland for all the local job listings.
Portland Employment Trends
As of July 2014, Portland had an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, which is 1.6 percent below the national average, and 0.9 percent below the state average. In 2013, the growth rate for jobs in Portland, ME was 0.7 percent and the projected rate is 1.7 percent annually for the next 10 years. Forbes ranks Portland as the 136th best place for careers and business and 183rd in the cost of doing business. Search Portland jobs today to find the perfect fit.