Portland, Maine - Facts & Figures
Portland was named for the English Isle of Portland, and the city of Portland, Oregon was in turn named after Portland, Maine. Native Americans originally called the Portland peninsula Machigonne ("Great Neck"). The first European settler was Capt. Christopher Levett, an English naval captain granted 6,000 acres in 1623 to found a settlement in Casco Bay. A member of the Council for New England and agent for Ferdinando Gorges, Levett built a stone house where he left a company of ten men, then returned to England and wrote a book about his voyage to drum up support for the settlement. The settlement failed, and the fate of Levett's colonists is unknown. The explorer sailed from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony to meet John Winthrop in 1630, but never returned to Maine. Fort Levett in the harbor is named for him.
- Population: 66,937
- Industries: Financial Services, Healthcare, Transportation
- Area Codes: 207
- ZIP Codes: 04101-04104, 04108, 04109, 04112, 04116, 04122, 04123, 04124
- Surrounding Cities: South Portland, ME , Falmouth, ME , Westbrook, ME , Scarborough, ME , Cape Elizabeth, ME