We Asked Mainers Who Have Never Lived In Portland to Describe It in One Word
We asked fans on Facebook, "If you live in Maine and do NOT and never have lived or worked in Portland, how would you describe Portland in one word?" It's a simple question with a lot of different answers, but one that came out on top.
We collected all our answers and put them into a word cloud. What's a word cloud? Thanks for asking.
A word cloud is a visual representation of words based on frequency. The more people who gave the same answer to our question, the larger it is in the cloud. Here's what we got for answers to one word to describe Portland from Mainers who only visit.
'Busy' is the word that got the most responses, with 'hipster,' 'city' and' fun' all being popular words to describe Portland.
We also asked people to write as much as they like to two more questions. The first was "What do you like about Portland?" Most people still stuck with the one word theme though so here's how they answered.
Overwhelmingly, people love restaurants and shopping. However, a lot of people mentioned the mall, which as anyone who lives in Portland will tell you, isn't in Portland. That's in South Portland.
Since the other responses are so small thanks to people's love of Portland's shopping and restaurants, here's the whole list.
The final question we asked was "What do you dislike about Portland?" Here's what we got.
No surprise here. People who live in Portland hate parking and traffic too, but it's even more overwhelming to those who don't deal with it every day.
For the record, hookers showed up here too. Someone was being a smartass. Or were they? If you're squinting to read, here's the list.
How would you answer these questions? Remember, you can't live in Portland or have ever lived or worked here. Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.