Portland is a metropolitan haven situated on the Casco Bay in southern Maine. As Maine's biggest city, it is known as the business, financial, and retail capital of the state. Greater Portland accounts for a quarter of Maine's population with 348,000 residents, some 64,000 of whom live in the city proper. Each year, the city attracts 3.6 million tourists, who come to take in Portland's beautiful scenery, thriving arts scene, and rich history. Portland's waterfront is one of the few working waterfronts in the country, the largest tonnage seaport in the Northeast, the second largest fishing port in country, and the second largest oil port on the East Coast.
The service industry and government services make up the majority of the labor market in Portland, which has a 3.8 percent unemployment rate. Bank North Group, the third-largest banking and financial services company in New England, is headquartered in Portland and is one of the city's top employers. Other major employers include:
Portland is home to several colleges and universities, including:
Portland is consistently named one of the "Best Places to Live" in the United States. The city contains 17 distinct communities offering everything from apartment rentals in lively locations to homes on quiet tree-lined streets. Associations have been formed through the city to represent each neighborhood and ensure a high quality of life. The Portland Housing Authority works to provide affordable public housing.
From air to sea, there is no shortage of ways for people to get around in Portland. The Portland Jetport is located five minutes from downtown and has daily non-stop flights to Boston, New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Amtrak's Downeaster train and the city's Metro bus lines also service the area. Tourists are encouraged to see the city by water on one of the many cruises and boat tours offered.
The Portland Seadogs, a minor league team affiliated with the Boston Red Sox, and the Portland Pirates, a hockey team, are the city's two professional sports teams. Parks, public pools, an ice arena, golf, fishing, and sailing are the most popular recreational activities.
Portland's local newspaper is the Portland Press Herald. Local news and profiles can also be found in the magazines Port City Life and Portland Magazine.
Local television stations include:
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