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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 07-16-2018, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey/NYC Metro
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Portland, Oregon
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Totally agree. Having been to both multiple times, I'd move the Portland Maine in a heartbeat if circumstances allowed.
I think this is the entire debate in a nutshell and it's the problem with comparing a leisure destination with a major metro area - most people would choose the leisure destination if circumstances would allow.

Portland, ME is cute and lovely to visit. But with an urban population of under 250k, it's really not a place you can compare on an apples to apples basis with a major metropolitan area like PDX.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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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
I lived in Portland, ME for 4 years - let's be clear, even these numbers (which still show a major disparity) are deceiving in that they make Portland, ME seem larger than it is.

Metro Portland ME's number is calculated by combining York, Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties' populations. The problem is that those counties make up a physical area larger than the entire state of Delaware (or more than double the state of Rhode Island) and are mostly rural. Portland ME's urban area (city/suburbs) population is about 244,000. less than half (47%) of the metro population. Portland Oregon's urban area population is about 1.85 Million. That's 77% of the metro population of about 2.4 million. The result is that Portland, ME feels much smaller than the metro number of 538k would lead one to believe. This has a lot to do with the fact that counties are the basis for metropolitan area numbers and in New England, counties essentially mean nothing (which is why there's a New England City and Town Area number that's a better measure of metropolitan areas in New England)
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Portland ME is nice to have closeby for Bostonians and the downtown is nice and all. But seriously??

Portland OR by a mile.
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Old 07-21-2018, 10:18 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Portland, OR.
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