We might be biased, so here's a sample of what some third parties have to say:
What People Say About Us
Business Insider (2014): One of the 14 Places You Should Plan to Visit in 2014
"America's other Portland has been gaining a reputation as a funky low-key destination that prizes quality food and cutting-edge art."
CBS San Francisco (2013): One of 5 Best Places in America for a White Christmas
"Featuring stunning views of the rugged Atlantic coastline, the state’s largest city kicks off the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting the day after Thanksgiving in Monument Square."
Condé Nast Traveler (2014): #1 Most Underrated American City
"Time to give some love to this coastal city, which is rich with history, has a thriving microbrew scene, and more catch-of-the-day seafood restaurants than any one city deserves."
Forbes (2012): #5 Best City for Finding Employment Right Now
"The ranking reflects considerations such as: the diversity of industries in the city, the cost of living, the range in size of companies offering employment, and high level of education among its residents."
Green Living Magazine (2014): #1 Happiest City in the Eastern US
"Between the impressive air and water quality, and twice as many doctors per capita versus the national average, the smogless skies make Portland the healthiest urban center in the States."
Outside Magazine (2014): #13 Greatest Place to Live in America
"With an influx of bike commuters and locally sourced eateries, and a burgeoning art and music scene, the East Coast’s Portland (pop. 66,000) is starting to resemble its beard-dominated West Coast counterpart."
Smarter Travel (2014): One of America's Best Small Cities on the Rise
"There are so many artists, photographers, ad-agency writers and designers, and high-tech creative types in Portland that collectively they're driving change in the city."
Parenting Magazine (2012): #3 Best City for Education
"Already doing well with its small class sizes, Portland also ranked for its low student-to-teacher ratio and high graduation rate."
Parenting Magazine (2012): #3 Best City for Families
"New to this year's list, Portland is another small, northeastern city that lures parents with clean air, plenty of outdoor space for kids to play, and a laid-back lifestyle that encourages healthy, active family living."
Kiplinger Magazine (2012): #1 Best City for Your Second Act
"Portland's lively arts scene, highly skilled workforce and inventive cuisine, along with a low crime rate and high-quality medical facilities, are drawing professionals who are making their home base here and telecommuting or flying to their jobs."
Travel + Leisure (2013): #9 Best City for Hipsters
"(Portland) excels in such hipster essentials as good java (like at Bard Coffee, off Congress Street) and good performance art. The Portland Stage Company does experimental theater, while coop-plus-café Local Sprouts offers both vegan cinnamon rolls and poetry slams."
Travel + Leisure (2014): #8 Best Coffee City
"Since the 1990s, Portland has supported strong local chains that go mano-a-Americano against the big chains."
"Downtown Portland, Maine's Exchange Street is often treated to the unusual sight of skiers zapping by after substantial snowfall. This oddity begins to make sense when one discovers that Exchange Street is home to the Ski Maine Association, representing the Maine Alpine & Nordic Ski Industry."
Yelp (2014): #1 Best City to Shop Local For the Holidays
Yelp "analyzed millions of reviews and business listings to determine the US cities with the largest concentration of highly-rated local businesses where holiday shoppers can find great gifts."