Hey good looking! They even used the right picture this time: Travel & Leisure’s latest American cities list is “Most and Least Attractive People,” with Portland, Maine at Number 4 (after San Francisco, Providence and Nashville), illustrated by the photo above. We’ve given T&L grief for representing Portland in several previous lists with a photo of Higgins Beach in Scarborough, so this is a big step up.
Not that we’re not grateful for all the attention. In fact, we love being known as America’s Number 1 city for Summer, Safety, Fourth of July and Good Drivers. Here’s a sampling of how Portland stacked up on Travel & Leisure’s lists for 2013. Get all the data HERE.
Top 10 for: Attractive, Good Drivers, Easy Going, Friendly, Intelligent, Charming Local Accent, Offbeat and Proud of Their City
Bottom 10 for: Stylish
Top 10 for: Cafes, Coffee, Farmers’ Markets, Fine Dining Restaurants, Ice Cream, Microbrew Beer, Sandwiches/Delis, Sweets/Desserts
Bottom 10 for: Nightclubs
Top 10 for: Antiques Stores, Cool Souvenirs, Independent Boutiques
Bottom 10 for: Luxury Stores
Top 10 for: Affordability, Cleanliness, Environmental Friendliness, Peace and Quiet, Public Parks and Outdoor Access, Safety, Wireless Coverage
Bottom 10 for: Range of Hotel Options
Top 10 for: 4th of July, Fall, Summer
Bottom 10 for: New Year’s Eve, Spring Break, Winter
Travel & Leisure isn’t the only magazine and website to include Portland on livability lists. What does it all mean? Ray Routhier of the Portland Press Herald tried to answer that question.