When it comes to the best places to live and retire, Portland is taking some top spots.
A new report from U.S. News and World Report listed what it considers the best places in America to live, and Maine’s largest city landed at No. 23.
No other New England city placed in the top 25, although Boston came in at No. 27.
The rankings are based on the strength of the local job market, net migration and cost of living, among other things.
“Artful living and farm-to-table dining are not just trends in Portland — they have been a way of life for years,” Ed Pfueller wrote for U.S. News and World Report. “A ‘do it yourself’ spirit resonates throughout the region, so don’t be surprised if a neighbor offers you extra produce from a community garden, home-brewed beer or knitting tips.”
Austin, Texas, came in at number one on the list, followed by Denver and Colorado Springs.
The publication also ranked Portland the No. 19 best place to retire. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took the top spot on the retirement community list, followed by Fort Myers, Florida. Boston shows up at No. 25 on that list.
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