The pace of Portland is a comfortable one. There are no wild dashes for commuter trains, no miles of frustrating traffic jams. Instead, there are rolling hills, picturesque villages and stretches of sandy beaches within fifteen minutes from the city center. Casco Bay, 20 miles long and 12 miles wide, is streaked with numerous long, thin peninsulas, and 136 islands.
The Portland area provides many high-quality affordable living opportunities, as well as excellent school systems and the safety of one of the lowest violent crime rates in the United States. Accessibility, excellence and affordability are key words in describing the cultural experiences available in the Portland area.