There’s a certain hippie sensibility that pervades here, often tied to a great love of nature and the environment. The town embraces locally owned businesses, and has a bustling downtown, including the colorful Old Port, a hub of cobblestone streets, 19th-century buildings and fishing piers, while also lying near to beautiful beaches and dozens of coastal islands. Active adults can explore on foot or bike the 30 miles of trails winding through the greater Portland area.
Foodies will find their heartbeats quicken a bit in Portland. The town is frequently voted one of America’s top food towns, and boasts a number of noteworthy restaurants featuring locally sourced ingredients — often being grown in the restaurant’s own garden, as well as fresh seafood straight from Maine’s surrounding waters.
Con: High cost of living, cold winters
Best For: Foodies
Cost of Living: 16% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $280,608
Top State Income Tax: 8%
Crime Rate: 17% lower than national average
Portland is also a bit of a college town, and is home to multiple schools, including University of Southern Maine and the Maine College of Art. The town’s cultural offerings include the Portland Museum of Art, a symphony orchestra and the Center for Cultural Exchange.
Retirees on a budget should note that Portland’s cost of living is 16% higher than the national average, and the top state income tax is 8%. Winters are bracingly cold in Portland, and Maine in general, another consideration for retirees to ponder.