Portland, Maine, is a small city of over 60,000 that is part of the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area, which supports more than 500,000. Portland assisted living facilities are numerous over all types of senior care. The city sits on the Atlantic coast, and is known for thriving art, culture, and food. Although the Portland assisted living costs are much higher than the national average, the city is consistently named one of the best places to live in the country. SeniorLiving.org can assist you with all the information you need to choose an assisted living facility in Portland, ME. If Northeastern weather is no hindrance to you, then settling down in Portland is perfect choice for those who love food, arts, and the outdoors.
The state of Maine has a retiree density of over 15 percent, the fifth highest density in the nation. The rest of the state has sparse assisted living accommodations, so if you are set on Maine, your best bet is around the Portland area. Lewiston and Bangor are good secondary options. The monthly cost of a private bedroom in an ALF is $5,005, while a bedroom in a nursing home costs $9,125 per month. Portland’s cost of living is 104.7, which is slightly higher than the national average of 100. Portland has a crime rate that is slightly elevated over the national average; 324.9 in Portland versus 319.1 for the national average.
Maine Medical Center, a Level One Trauma Center, and Mercy Hospital are the health care centers for Portland residents. Maine Medical Center is the largest hospital in the state.
For seniors that want to pursuit an active lifestyle, Portland offers a variety of pursuits. For food enthusiasts, Portland is one of the best small cities in the world. Downtown, the Arts District, and the Old Port have more than 200 restaurants to choose from, many with renowned national reputations, along with many opportunities for shopping and relaxation. The aforementioned Art District is home to many galleries, museums and theaters including the Portland Museum of Art, the Maine Historical Society & Museum, SPACE Gallery, and the Portland Stage Company. The city maintains a network of historical parks and there are a good number of golf courses outside the city. Portland Trails, a non-profit, operates an extensive network of walking paths and hiking trails in Portland and neighboring cities. To the south, Scarborough Beach State Park and Crescent Beach State Park offer beach access to the Atlantic Ocean.