Maine's largest city recently received top accolades when compared to its New England peers., a popular personal finance website, has published its annual report on the best American cities to start a career. Not only can Portland be found near the top, but it's also the highest ranked New England city on the list.

Portland ranks as the 17th best city to start a career in. That's out of a list of 182 cities that were used in's survey. I would have to say a very reputable ranking for Portland, especially with it being the highest in the region.

Maine scored a 57.39 out of a possible 100 points. The scoring system is based on a two major categories, Professional Opportunities and Quality of Life. These categories are broken down in 25 sub-categories to make it as detailed as possible. You can read more about the methodology here.

Maine finished with a ranking of 31st in professional opportunities. It's good to see Portland getting accolades for its employment opportunities. The city is much more than a service center for tourism. Portland has options in just about any industry, including engineering, tech, higher education.

The city truly shined in the quality-of-life category, where it finished 10th overall. This should surprise nobody, considering the quality of life across the great state of Maine is quite amazing. Just make sure to avoid running into a moose.

The next highest ranked New England city is Boston. The large metropolis can be found ranked 24th. This is followed by Providence right behind in 25th. Burlington can also be found in the Top-50. The Vermont city got a ranking of 34th.

A hat tip must go to the city of Lewiston. Maine's other representative had a very respectable ranking of 51st. The city's score included an 11th overall ranking for employment opportunities. Clearly, the revitalization of Lewiston is paying off.

You can check out all of the rankings here. where did your favorite city finish?

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