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View Poll Results: Asheville vs Portland
Portland, ME 10 50.00%
Asheville, NC 10 50.00%
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Old 05-11-2014, 07:33 PM
 
Location: New London
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Two cities of similar size.

Which is "better" (by your definition of said word)?

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Some things to consider:

Natural Beauty -

Arts -

Food -

Weather -

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Cost of Living -

Economy -

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Outdoor Recreational Opportunities -

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Personally, I know little to nothing about Asheville, so I can't comment much.

One of the big, obvious differences that I can see is that Asheville, while not much further from Charlotte than Portland is from Boston, seems more independent than Portland (it has its own high rises, and I'm guessing that the area between Asheville and Charlotte is less developed than that between Portland and Boston).

Also Asheville is landlocked, whereas Portland has the Atlantic Ocean. On the other hand, Asheville seems more situated within the mountains whereas Portland is a little bit south and east of New England's mountains.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Natural Beauty: Portland. One of the most underrated ocean fronts in the United States.

Arts: Portland. Portland, for its size, offers many galleries, theater, and activities for the public to enjoy. Asheville is no slouch here though either.

Food: Asheville. Asheville has dining for all price points and many organic options.

Weather: Asheville. Asheville experiences all four seasons and much longer summers.

Shopping: Asheville. The metro is significantly larger, and offers much more.

Cost of Living: Asheville. Asheville is less expensive.

Economy: Asheville is seeing and will continue to see lots of growth and economic development. North Carolina is significantly larger, more urban, and diverse.

Vibrancy: Uncertain

Outdoor Recreational Opportunities: Portland

Transportation: Portland has better freeways and an international airport.

Tit for tat, Asheville is better.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:31 AM
 
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Man, this is tough. It really boils down to whether you prefer a small artsy town in New England or one in the South/Appalachia. It's also important to note that the area around Asheville is very conservative and "redneck/hillbilly" compared to the area around Portland. You're also comparing whether you prefer mountains over a very unique ocean front. They're similar towns, but they offer very different things. This one is a push, IMO
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Man, this is tough. It really boils down to whether you prefer a small artsy town in New England or one in the South/Appalachia. It's also important to note that the area around Asheville is very conservative and "redneck/hillbilly" compared to the area around Portland. You're also comparing whether you prefer mountains over a very unique ocean front. They're similar towns, but they offer very different things. This one is a push, IMO
I agree. I prefer the ocean to the mountains, which is why I voted for Portland in recreational activities. However, Asheville has many lakes, streams, and the Blue Ridge Mountains which are a hikers paradise. Asheville is very artsy, very laid back and gives a hippie kind of vibe, but is much more a city, whereas Portland is more of small town. Either place is nice, just depends on what you prefer. Portland is Maine's best kept secret.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:29 PM
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Portland is 80 miles from the base of Mt. Washingotn, it's not exactly bad in mountain access. Few cities in the east are better.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:32 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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downtown Portland:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Portl...49.54,,0,-1.56

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Portl...31.93,,0,11.74

definitely like a bigger city than one might expect.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Asheville is very quirky - lots of artists and free thinkers Portland is similar - New England is known for liberalism... NC is not! HOWEVER Asheville would be the most liberal city in the south probably, definitely in NC. They love their artists and weirdness.. it is the subject of many clubs, T-Shirts etc. Lots of bookstores, literary types and artist lovers. It is humid hot and buggy in Asheville in spring and summer 80-90's and Portland is gorgeous 60-70's some 80's May thru October then batten down the hatches for the winter it is COLD. Now as for food I think most of you forget that Portland is on the OCEAN - the seafood is fantastic and abundant and they have a thriving downtown and restaurants galore. Super tourist stops both...The housing is high is Maine and Asheville is not too far behind. p.s. I lived in Raleigh NC (moved from San Diego) HATED it - moved back to SD LOVE IT !

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