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View Poll Results: Is Portland, ME or Portland, OR better?
Portland, ME 35 56.45%
Portland, OR 27 43.55%
Voters: 62. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-23-2018, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Thanks for the correction.

At least it was named by New Englanders, though. The part about Maine's origins is correct.
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Old 06-23-2018, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I think both have their attributes, but today, when someone mentions Portland, the first thought is the Oregon city. There are reasons for it and they mainly revolve around population and influence.

Portland, OR metro: 2.5 million, Portland, ME: 538K
Portland, OR city: 648K, Portland, ME 67K

Portland, OR metro growth 2010-2017: 10%
Portland, ME metro growth 2010-2017: 3.5%

January/July weather:

Portland, OR Jan. Hi 47-Lo 36...July Hi 81-Lo 58
Portland, ME Jan Hi 31-Lo 13...July Hi 79-Lo 59

Snowfall: Portland, OR 4.3 inches per season, Portland ME 62 inches per season

There are of course other variables. Portland ME is far more historic and has a charm that Portland OR will never come close to. While both are tourist spots, perhaps Portland ME has more desirable attractions at the end of the day.

As for scenic beauty, both offer it, but in different ways. The shores of the Atlantic are beautiful, but so are the mountains around Portland, OR and the relatively close access to the Pacific with one of the great ocean coasts of any State in the country.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:15 AM
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Location: Ontario
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I think both have their attributes, but today, when someone mentions Portland, the first thought is the Oregon city. There are reasons for it and they mainly revolve around population and influence.

Portland, OR metro: 2.5 million, Portland, ME: 538K
Portland, OR city: 648K, Portland, ME 67K

Portland, OR metro growth 2010-2017: 10%
Portland, ME metro growth 2010-2017: 3.5%

January/July weather:

Portland, OR Jan. Hi 47-Lo 36...July Hi 81-Lo 58
Portland, ME Jan Hi 31-Lo 13...July Hi 79-Lo 59

Snowfall: Portland, OR 4.3 inches per season, Portland ME 62 inches per season

There are of course other variables. Portland ME is far more historic and has a charm that Portland OR will never come close to. While both are tourist spots, perhaps Portland ME has more desirable attractions at the end of the day.

As for scenic beauty, both offer it, but in different ways. The shores of the Atlantic are beautiful, but so are the mountains around Portland, OR and the relatively close access to the Pacific with one of the great ocean coasts of any State in the country.
You mentioned mountains ....Portland, Oregon has Mount Hood nearby but I do want to point out that
Portland, Maine also has big beautiful montains closeby too.

In fact, the one and only time I visited Portland, Maine was as a day trip while staying for a week in
North Conway, New Hampshire....a very touristy town in the heart of the White Mountains.
It was a short scenic drive to visit both Portland and nearby Old Orchard Beach.
I was living in Montreal at the time and both NH White Mountains and especially Old Orchard Beach are popular with Montrealers...Maine is our closest “coast”.

Anyway...Mount Washington, New Hampshire is close to Portland and on clear days from the summit you can see the Maine coast. The hiking is fantastic, lots of trails, and in winter excellent skiing at Wildcat.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:47 AM
 
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Too many homeless in Portland OR plus the weather takes away from it. There’s a charm to Maine that is hard to beat, Portland Maine for me.
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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Thanks for the correction.

At least it was named by New Englanders, though. The part about Maine's origins is correct.
If it makes you feel any better I didn't know either till I looked it up lol. I only knew it was named after the Portland, Maine...not the reason. But your post about it looking similar stuck out to me cause to me they don't look anything alike so I had to look it up lol.
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Old 06-24-2018, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Originally Posted by pnwguy2 View Post
I think both have their attributes, but today, when someone mentions Portland, the first thought is the Oregon city. There are reasons for it and they mainly revolve around population and influence.

Portland, OR metro: 2.5 million, Portland, ME: 538K
Portland, OR city: 648K, Portland, ME 67K

Portland, OR metro growth 2010-2017: 10%
Portland, ME metro growth 2010-2017: 3.5%

January/July weather:

Portland, OR Jan. Hi 47-Lo 36...July Hi 81-Lo 58
Portland, ME Jan Hi 31-Lo 13...July Hi 79-Lo 59

Snowfall: Portland, OR 4.3 inches per season, Portland ME 62 inches per season

There are of course other variables. Portland ME is far more historic and has a charm that Portland OR will never come close to. While both are tourist spots, perhaps Portland ME has more desirable attractions at the end of the day.

As for scenic beauty, both offer it, but in different ways. The shores of the Atlantic are beautiful, but so are the mountains around Portland, OR and the relatively close access to the Pacific with one of the great ocean coasts of any State in the country.
Also for over a century Portland, OR has been larger than Portland, ME.

Year | Portland, OR | Portland, ME
1860 | 2,874 | 26,341
1870 | 8,293 | 31,413
1880 | 17,577 | 33,810
1890 | 46,385 | 36,425
1900 | 90,426 | 50,145
1910 | 207,214 | 58,571

Portland, OR surpassed Portland, ME in the mid 1880s, and since Portland, OR was the largest city in PNW it was a lot more important and influential than Portland, ME which was just one of many towns in New England.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:59 PM
 
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Also for over a century Portland, OR has been larger than Portland, ME.

Year | Portland, OR | Portland, ME
1860 | 2,874 | 26,341
1870 | 8,293 | 31,413
1880 | 17,577 | 33,810
1890 | 46,385 | 36,425
1900 | 90,426 | 50,145
1910 | 207,214 | 58,571

Portland, OR surpassed Portland, ME in the mid 1880s, and since Portland, OR was the largest city in PNW it was a lot more important and influential than Portland, ME which was just one of many towns in New England.
It really is an Apples-Oranges comparison. Portland, OR wins in virtually every big city metric, aside from proximity to other big cities. But if you prefer a smaller town in the Northeast (which has this forumís largest contingent) then obviously Portland, ME would be your preference.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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At the end of the day, "Portland" is a great name for a city. (I'm surprised there are not others...)

But wait, there are...

United States
Portland City, Alaska, was founded in 1907 but renamed in 1915 to Hyder, Alaska.
Portland, Arkansas.
Portland, Fremont County, Colorado.
Portland, Colorado in Ouray County.
Portland, Connecticut.
Portland, Georgia.
Portland, Illinois (disambiguation), a former name of two place
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:54 AM
 
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Hence my comment about "bury[ing] the past."

Oregon tried to write racism into its state Constitution when it was admitted to the Union in 1859 - the document would have forbade black settlement in the state.

The Klan was very strong in the state too, and the city pretty much wiped out its one significant black neighborhood in a 1960s redevelopment scheme. (The city is now offering incentives to lure African-Americans back to the district, which has gentrified.)

You can probably figure out by now that I'm African-American myself.

Yeah, Maine's real white too, but I don't think it had that history behind it. Massachusetts gave it up so that my native state could enter the Union as a slave state in 1821.
99.9% of people don't care about your race anywhere. Especially not in Portland where it would probably be viewed as a bonus.
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Originally Posted by pnwguy2 View Post
At the end of the day, "Portland" is a great name for a city. (I'm surprised there are not others...)

But wait, there are...

United States
Portland City, Alaska, was founded in 1907 but renamed in 1915 to Hyder, Alaska.
Portland, Arkansas.
Portland, Fremont County, Colorado.
Portland, Colorado in Ouray County.
Portland, Connecticut.
Portland, Georgia.
Portland, Illinois (disambiguation), a former name of two place
Wow. You forgot Portland, TX. Unbelievable.
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