Portland is the largest city in the US state of Maine. Portland had a population of 66,881 in 2010. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population. The Old Port district is frequented by tourists, while Portland Head Light is also a destination. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named for the English Isle of Portland, and the city of Portland, Oregon was in turn named after Portland, Maine.
Portland is home to a concentration of publishing and broadcast companies, advertising agencies, web designers, commercial photography studios and film makers. The city is home to two daily newspapers, The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram founded in 1862 and The Portland Daily Sun. The area is served by local television stations representing most of the television networks.
The Arts District, centered on Congress Street, is home to the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Stage Company, Maine Historical Society & Museum, Portland Public Library, Maine College of Art, Children’s Museum of Maine, SPACE Gallery, Merrill Auditorium, the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, and Portland Symphony Orchestra, as well as many smaller art galleries and studios. The non-profit organization Portland Trails maintains an extensive network of walking and hiking trails throughout the city and neighboring communities.
Portland has a humid continental climate, with rather cold, snowy winters, and warm, occasionally almost hot, summers. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from −5.4 °C in January to 20.6 °C in July.