Portland is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct flavor and charm. You can get a sense of how the city fits together with this neighborhood map.
Neighborhood Scout has an interactive map that lets you compare the neighborhoods of Portland based on several factors: real estate and demographic information, quality of public schools, property appreciation, and crime rate.
Back Cove is the neighborhood adjacent to the tidal basin on the northern side of Portland, bordered by a popular running trail and Baxter Boulevard. Quiet residential streets branch out from the Boulevard like spokes, and three-story Victorians intermingle with ranch houses with tidy, fenced-in yards. Back Cove is away from the bustle of the downtown, but like most places in Portland, just five to seven minutes from where you need to be. To learn more, contact the Back Cove Neighborhood Association.
West Bayside is a centrally-located neighborhood with easy access to the heart of the city. It is bordered by Marginal Way to the north, Franklin Street to the east, Congress Street to the south, and Forest Avenue to the west, and home to the best bowling alley in town, Bayside Bowl. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Bayside Neighborhood Association.
Deering Center is situated between Brighton Avenue, Woodford Street, Forest Avenue, and Walton Street. The neighborhood is home to many schools, including Longfellow Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, and Deering High School, as well as the historic Evergreen Cemetery and Baxter Woods nature preserve. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Deering Center Neighborhood Organization.
Downtown is the heart of Portland, running from High Street to Franklin Street, and from Cumberland Avenue down to Portland’s working waterfront. Downtown residents enjoy views of Portland’s picturesque brick cityscape, and coffee shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, and bookstores are conveniently located right outside their doorsteps. To learn more about Portland’s downtown neighborhoods and beyond, explore the Portland Downtown District’s guide to areas of interest.
East Bayside is one of the most diverse, quickly growing neighborhoods in Maine and is bounded by Franklin Street, Washington Avenue, Marginal Way, and Congress Street. The neighborhood is home to businesses including Tandem Coffee, Urban Farm Fermentory, Rising Tide Brewing Company, Portland Power Yoga, and many artist studios and galleries. To learn more, contact the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization or check out their Facebook page.
East Deering is Portland's easternmost neighborhood, situated between Munjoy Hill, North Deering, and the neighboring town of Falmouth. This economically diverse, comfortable suburban neighborhood provides unmatched views of Casco Bay and Mackworth Island from many of its homes. It's also home to the 47 acre Payson Park, which has one of the best sledding hills in the city. Contact the East Deering Neighborhood Association for more information.
Libbytown is a convenient neighborhood for commuters. It’s on the southern edge of Portland, bordered by the Fore River and South Portland, and is close to the Portland Transportation Center and the interstate. Libbytown is home to recreational facilities including the Kiwanis Pool and the Dougherty Field Skatepark. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Libbytown Neighborhood Association.
Munjoy Hill is on the eastern edge of the Portland peninsula overlooking Casco Bay and about a half mile from the heart of downtown. It’s the city’s hip, up-and-coming neighborhood, with a coffee shop, a corner store with organic local produce, and several little restaurants. Decks and balconies on Munjoy Hill look out onto the Eastern Promenade, a scenic waterfront park with a small beach and bike path, a favorite of active Portlanders and dog owners alike. For a window into this hilltop neighborhood, peruse Munjoy Hill News or contact the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization. Support Munjoy Hill’s scenic overlook of Casco Bay by joining Friends of the Eastern Promenade.
Nason’s Corner includes the areas on both sides of outer Brighton Avenue starting at Wayside Road out to Westbrook. The area is sandwiched by the two largest green spaces in the city, Evergreen Cemetery and the Fore River Sanctuary, and also contains Capisic Pond Park and the Capisic Brook Trail. Also check out the Nason’s Corner Park Community Playground Greening Project. To learn more, contact the Nason’s Corner Neighborhood Association.
North Deering is a large residential neighborhood on the northeastern edge of Portland, bordered on the west by train tracks, and on the east by the town of Falmouth. North Deering is home to some of Portland's oldest houses, spared from the fire that burned much of the city in the 19th century, as well as the 48-acre Presumpscot River Preserve. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the North Deering Neighborhood Association.
Parkside is—as it sounds—the area adjacent to Deering Oaks park, a 55-acre grassy expanse in the center of the city which has nearly 1,000 trees, a pond, wading pool, playground, tennis and volleyball courts, and is also the site of the weekly Portland Farmers Market between the months of May and November. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Parkside Neighborhood Association.
Peaks Island is one of over 200 islands in Casco Bay and is just an 18-minute ferry ride from downtown Portland. The island is home to many artists, writers, and educators. There is a public elementary school on the island, and Peaks Island students attend King Middle School and Portland High School. The island is home to around 900 year-round residents, and the population blossoms to 2,000-4,000 in the summertime. To learn more, check out the Peaks Island website, as well as the community site.
Riverton is a large neighborhood in the northwest corner of Portland, bordered by the town of Westbrook. The Riverton neighborhood is home to a branch of the Portland Public Library, the Riverton Community Pool, the 1.5 mile long Riverton Rail Trail, and one of the city's best sledding hills, at Riverside Golf Course. To learn more, contact the Riverton Community Association.
The family-friendly Rosemont neighborhood, with its small streets and older homes, is tucked between Deering Center to the north and Libbytown to the south. It's home to the original Rosemont Market, as well as Spiral Tree Yoga and the Rosemont Artists Guild of Maine. Rosemont has an active Neighborhood Association that can provide you with more information.
The St. John Valley neighborhood is on the eastern edge of the Portland peninsula, south of 295 between Libbytown and the Western Promenade. This eclectic neighborhood includes the Valley Street Dog Park, a variety of restaurants and markets, including Salvage BBQ and The Holy Donut, and King Middle School. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the St. John Valley Neighborhood Association.
Stroudwater encompasses the area west of the railroad tracks, abutting South Portland to the south and Westbrook to the west. At the southern tip of Stroudwater is the Portland International Jetport, and the neighborhood is home to the Tate House--the oldest building in Portland--and the Stroudwater Historic District, as well as the Stroudwater River and Trail. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Stroudwater Village Association.
The West End has an air of quiet grandeur. It’s home to large nineteenth and early twentieth-century brick, stone, and clapboard homes with tidy yards and colorful gardens. The tree-lined streets with single and multi-family homes feel much like the residential streets of Cambridge. The Western Promenade, a grassy walkway with views of the White Mountains and the Fore River, slopes down to the historic Western Cemetery, creating a natural boundary for the neighborhood. From the West End, Portland’s downtown district is just a short walk away. To learn more, contact the West End Neighborhood Organization or the Western Promenade Neighborhood Association, and read the West End News website.
Woodfords-Oakdale is centrally located, just northwest of the downtown area, but with quiet, tree-lined residential streets and easy access to several schools. This walkable, bike-friendly neighborhood extends to the Back Cove at its northeast edge, and includes the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine, as well as Big Sky Bread Company and Artist & Craftsman Supply. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Woodfords-Oakdale Neighborhood Organization.