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Updated: September 18, 2022

Portland basks in yet another national spotlight

Diners outdoors at Portland Lobster Company Photo / Jim Neuger Forbes magazine describes Portland's restaurant scene as robust. Shown here are diners at Portland Lobster Co. on the city's waterfront.

After making several top 10 lists this year including U.S. News & World Report's best places to live and WalletHub's best cities for landing a summer job or starting a career, Portland is back in the national spotlight.

This time, Maine's biggest city ranks among Forbes magazine's "top 25 places to enjoy your retirement," alongside Boston; Boulder, Colo.; and Portland, Ore., whose population is about 10 times larger than its East Coast namesake.

Researchers screened more than 500 U.S. locations for characteristics from availability of doctors to climate change risk and crime, then compared those that made the cuts for leisure offerings. Cities were not ranked.

Portland was noted for its land and water options.

"Great for fine dining, and outdoor water and land activities," researchers said of Portland. The accolade comes weeks after Regards restaurant on Congress Street made Bon Appetit magazine's list of the year's 50 best new restaurants. The publication cited the venue’s sparkling-fresh seafood" and chef Neil Zabriskie's "thoughtful garnishing."

Without mentioning any specific eateries, Forbes describes Portland’s restaurant scene as robust and highlights a wide variety of water and land recreation, including boating, kayaking, rafting, cross-country skiing, hiking and bicycling in the coastal city.

However, the magazine gives a mixed review on taxation in Maine, noting that while there is neither state income tax on Social Security earnings nor an estate tax, the Maine state income tax tops out at a "hefty" 7.15% of taxable income for a couple making more than $109,000.

Forbes also notes that Maine's home prices and cost of living exceed the national median.

As far as natural hazards go, the Federal Emergency Management Agency rates Portland’s risk as relatively low, according to Forbes.

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