City of Portland, Maine

City of Portland: The twenty-eighth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Portland metropolitan area. It is located on the coast of Maine. Portland is a major center for the tourism industry and is known for its seafood and its historic downtown.


City of Portland is a city located in the county of Cumberland in the U.S. state of Maine. Its population at the 2010 census was 583,776 and a population density of 1,553 people per km². After 8 years in 2018 city had an estimated population of 653,115 inhabitants.

The city was created 173 years ago in 1851.

Portland is the largest city in Maine and the seat of Cumberland County. As of July 29, 2023, Portland has an estimated population of 66,898 residents. Here are some key details about Portland, Maine:


Portland was settled in 1632 and officially incorporated in 1786. It emerged as a major trading and shipping hub during the 18th and 19th centuries. Much historic architecture still stands today.


Portland is located along the coast of Maine along Casco Bay and the Fore River. It has an oceanic climate with cold winters and mild summers.


Major industries include financial services, healthcare, tourism, and manufacturing. The busy port of Portland is a key part of the local economy. Major employers are MaineHealth and Unum.

Culture & Entertainment

Portland has a thriving food scene with many acclaimed restaurants. It also features museums like the Portland Museum of Art and performing arts centers. The Old Port district offers boutiques and nightlife.


Greater Portland has around 523,000 residents. The population swells in summer with tourists. Portland has growing immigrant communities, especially from Africa and Asia.

In summary, Portland is Maine's vibrant hub for tourism, culture, dining, business, and transportation with a scenic coastal location and rich maritime history. It provides a small city feel with big city amenities.

City of Portland locator map
Location of City of Portland on Maine map.

Quick Facts about City of Portland

Population : 653,115 (2018)
Country : United States of America
State : Maine (United States)
County : Cumberland County
Postal code : 97086–97299
Phone Area Codes : 971, 503
Area : 375.81 km2
Named for : Portland
Altitude : 499 feet / 152 meters
Capital city : City of Portland is capital of Multnomah County
Establishment : February 02, 1851 (173 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−07:00, UTC−08:00, Pacific Time Zone
Local time : 02:59:07 (14th June 2024)
Density : 1,738 Pop. per km² as of 2018
Population growth : 10.62% (2010-2018)
Portland  Oregon Collage image
Portland Oregon Collage
Portland  Oregon Collage image


City of Portland is located at 43°38'49"N 70°10'6"W (43.6470800, -70.1682300).

City of Portland map

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The population of City of Portland increased by 10.62% in 8 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 583,776 - city
2018 653,115 10.62% census

City of Portland, Portland Township

People born in City of Portland (200)

People born in City of Portland, including poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, actress and singer Anna Kendrick, engineer and inventor Douglas Engelbart, .


  • Keith Packard (American software programmer) he was born in 16/04/1963
  • Randal L. Schwartz (American programmer and technology writer) he was born in 22/11/1961
  • Steve Forbes (American boxer) he was born in 26/02/1977
  • Zeb Atlas (American movie actor) he was born in 15/10/1971
  • Thomas Mann (American actor) he was born in 27/09/1991
  • Frank Armi (American racing driver) he was born in 12/10/1918
  • Jim Elliot (Martyred Christian missionary to Ecuador) he was born in 08/10/1927
  • Harriet Frank Jr. (American screenwriter) she was born in 02/03/1923
  • Katee Sackhoff (American actress) she was born in 08/04/1980
  • Kim Rhodes (actress) she was born in 07/06/1969
  • Mariel Zagunis (American fencer) she was born in 03/03/1985
  • Tonya Harding (American figure skater) she was born in 12/11/1970
  • Imogen Cunningham (American photographer) she was born in 12/04/1883
  • Esperanza Spalding (American jazz bassist and singer) she was born in 18/10/1984
  • Kathleen Hanna (American musician and feminist activist) she was born in 12/11/1968
  • Margaux Hemingway (American fashion model and actress) she was born in 16/02/1955
  • Cade McNown (All-American college football player, professional football player, quarterback) he was born in 12/01/1977
  • Laura Allen (American actress (born 1974)) she was born in 21/03/1974

Schools in City of Portland

College & universities near City of Portland, ME

Code Name City ZIP
161545 Southern Maine Community College South Portland (ME) 04106-1698

Stations (23)

Amtrak & bus stations near City of Portland, ME

Code Name Address Type
POR Portland Transportation Center 100 Thompson's Point Road RAIL
ORB Old Orchard Beach 11 First Street RAIL
FRE Freeport 36 Depot Street RAIL
SAO Saco Transportation Center 130 Main Street RAIL
BRK Brunswick Maine Street Station 101 Bath Rd. BUS

Post offices near City of Portland

Post Office Name City ZIP
Peaks Island Post Office Peaks Island (ME) 04108

Other cities in Cumberland County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Cumberland County , ME. (more)

City Name Population Title
Portland 66,803 The most populous city in Cumberland County, Maine.
West Scarborough 27,706 City in United States of America
South Portland 25,950 City in Cumberland County, Maine, USA
South Portland Gardens 23,893 City in Cumberland County, Maine, United States of America
Scarborough 21,527 Town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States
Brunswick 20,619 Town in Cumberland County, Maine, US
Westbrook 19,267 City in Cumberland County, Maine, United States
Gorham 17,962 Town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States
Falmouth 12,440 Town in Cumberland County, Maine
Standish 10,197 Town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States
Cape Elizabeth 9,322 Town in Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Freeport 8,633 Town in Maine, United States
Yarmouth 8,602 Census-designated place in Cumberland County, Maine
Gray 8,297 Town in Cumberland County, Maine, US
New Gloucester 5,880 City in Maine, United States
Bridgton 5,509 Town in Maine, United States

Distance to Other Cities

City of Portland distances to largest Maine cities