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Portland, ME (Population: 63,882)

Portland is Maine's largest city, with a population of roughly 63,882. The city is situated on a peninsula beside Casco Bay on the Gulf of Maine and the Atlantic Ocean. Portland is the social, cultural and economic center of Maine. Portland's motto, Resurgam, is Latin for “I will rise again.” The phrase derives from the city's recovery from a series of devastating historical events, the last of which was the Great Fire of 1866, which left 10,000 people homeless. The Victorian style of architecture was popular during the rebuilding of Portland, and the city government has done well in preserving this to the present day.

In modern lifestyle surveys, Portland is often cited as one of America's best places to live and visit. The downtown and Old Port districts draw tourists to eating and drinking establishments of top quality every year. Locals claim that Portland has some of the best restaurants and bars per capita in the U.S. The city has quite a few microbreweries, including Allagash Brewing Company, Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company, and D.L. Geary Brewing Company, to name a few.

Some visit-worthy sites in Portland include the Downtown Arts District, which is home to the Portland Museum of Art, Maine College of Art, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra; and the city's historical parks, some of which include Deering Oaks Park, the Eastern Promenade, Lincoln Park, Riverton Park, and the Western Promendade. There is also an expansive network of trails throughout the city and its neighboring communities, maintained by Portland Trails, a non-profit organization. The spire of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is a notable feature of the Portland skyline, along with the Time and Temperature Building, as it is referred to by the locals, which sits at 477 Congress Street.

This small yet sophisticated city is New England's cultural hub, showcasing beautiful natural scenery, Victorian architecture, gastronomic pleasures, and a thriving arts scene. Portland's quality of life makes it a gem of the Northeast.