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Old 12-30-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Hi all!

I'm a single girl in my early 20s. I desperately need a change of scenery. I visited Maine a few years back and adored it.

My two main concerns are jobs and safety. I'm a paralegal. I'm willing to work other jobs as long as I can make enough to support myself, but I'd really love to land a job in the legal field. Anyone know how the legal job market is doing?

Safety may seem like a silly concern moving to Maine, but I just want to make sure there aren't any particular areas of Portland I should avoid.

What are the winters like? I'm not a fan of winter, but I've lived my whole life in the Twin Cities, and I'm pretty sure this is as bad as winter gets anywhere in the country. My understanding is that Maine has more of a wet winter. Lots of snow and really damp. I just hate the dryness of Minnesota winters, so I'd be O.K. with the extra snow as long as there's a little humidity in the air.

Lastly, do you think it's a good place for a young professional to relocate to? I'm done with the partying part of my life. I'm really just looking to find a place to start a career and settle down.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Nevada City, California
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Hello! I grew up just outside Minneapolis, although it's been awhile since I've been back. My husband and I have lived in several midwestern cities and have been in Portland, Maine, for the last year and a half.

Weather: Portland winters are a bit milder than winters in the Twin Cities, but there is more snow/wet weather here. The wind can be brutal, though, especially near the water. The summers are beautiful and oh so comfortable compared with the Midwest, but summer takes a while to show up. Very few people have or need AC -- so open windows and fresh air all summer long.

Job scene for YP: Forbes named Portland one of the top cities for young professionals, mostly due to the large number of small businesses here. I am not familiar with the legal field job market, but because Portland is Maine's main city, there are a lot of lawyers here, for what it's worth. I always seem to be running into attorneys.

Safety: Portland and all of Maine are very safe. I love being able to walk home from downtown at night and feel completely safe walking down the street. Sure, there are some petty crimes now and then, but violent crimes are very few and far between. Most neighborhoods on the Portland peninsula are very safe, but I would check out the West End and Munjoy Hill (my neighborhood).

Portland has a cool vibe, but it is a small city that feels more like a town -- much, much smaller than Minneapolis/St. Paul. Young people looking for a lot of excitement may get bored, but I find there is plenty to do here, both culturally and recreationally.

Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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We love Southern Coastal Maine and its close proximity to everything. You may want to look into the Portsmouth NH area which borders the southern tip of Maine. Portsmouth is very much like Portland, vibrant and trendy. New Hampshire has no sales tax and the cost of living is easier to deal with especially with grocery stores. There are also lovely beaches in coastal NH. Good luck.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Thank you both som much for responding! I've looked at so many places to live around the country, but I keep coming back to Maine. And joyewils, a will look into Potsmouth, thanks for the suggestion!
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I was retired before I moved to Maine.....so I cant advise about employment oppurtunity....but I can say that I love living in Southern Maine....and Portland is the best little city I have ever lived near.....I love to go into town.....great museum, symphony, parks, walks, restaurants....people. It is a very congenial spot. Good Luck to you!
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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go to Jobsinme.com and enter paralegal and 04101 for the zip. You'll see listings for paralegals in Portland. Pierce Atwood is a very big firm in Portland but also consider the staffing listings, sometimes they are an easier way in when moving from out of state. Good luck and I think you'll like portland, I do!
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