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Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living

86 Holiday Drive, Portland, ME 04103

(27 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living located in beautiful Portland, Maine, combines the care seniors need, the convenience they value, and the independence they cherish.Birchwoods at Canco is beautifully designed with spacious common areas to enjoy with family and friends. Our gracious dining room...

75 State Street

75 State St, Portland, ME 04101

(8 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Located in the beautiful port side city of Portland, Maine, Seventy-Five State Street is an active and vibrant community within a community. Established in 1854, we are one of the oldest not for profits in the city and enjoy a stellar reputation of high-quality care and services for people of all...

The Enclave of Scarborough

18 Black Point Road, Scarborough, ME 04074

(37 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Located just seven miles south of Portland, The Enclave of Scarborough is a vibrant senior living community where older adults can live more independently, with discreet support from a caring, 24-hour staff.Enclave of Scarborough is convenient to local beaches, nature preserves, shopping and...

Huntington Common

1 Huntington Common Drive, Kennebunk, ME 04043

(32 reviews)

Studio, Semi-Private

Located in picturesque Kennebunk Maine, Huntington Common offers the most sophisticated independent retirement living in York County. Just three miles from the ocean and around the corner from quaint downtown Kennebunk, Huntington Common provides the perfect blend of community living and privacy....

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Atria Kennebunk

One Penny Lane, Kennebunk, ME 04043

(28 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Atria Kennebunk is a friendly, upscale senior community nestled nearby the rocky shores of the Maine coast. Residents can enjoy the coziness of the gracious common rooms and choose from over 250 activities each month, including concerts in the park, local theatre, shopping trips, and walks along...

Carriage Hill Assisted Living

306 Knox Marsh Rd, Madbury, NH 03823

(26 reviews)


Carriage Hill Assisted Living is a newly constructed and licensed senior assisted living facility in Madbury, NH that is home to just 24 residents. Our residency is intentionally small in order for each resident to receive individualized attention and to know each staff member caring for his or...

Schooner Estates Senior Living

200 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210

(26 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

A warm welcome starts here. At Schooner Estates, everyone feels at home. It's an easy place to feel settled. The central Maine setting is picture-perfect, the lifestyle first-class. In this welcoming community, retirement is a new beginning. Schooner Estates Retirement Community provides an...

Bay Square at Yarmouth

27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME 04096

(26 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

Like a grand seaside inn, Bay Square at Yarmouth extends a warm and majestic invitation to all who come its way. Inside, the atmosphere is filled with joy of family, fond memories and proud traditions. Welcome to Senior living 'the way it was meant to be!' Splendidly located just beyond the...

Langdon Place of Dover

60 Middle Road, Dover, NH 03820

(27 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Please note that the Assisted Living and Memory Care is private pay only. We do not accept Medicaid on either unit. Additionally electric scooters and electric wheelchairs are not permitted. Self propel wheelchairs only and resident must resident on first floor. We have two elevators with three...

Sentry Hill At York Harbor

2 Victoria Ct, York, ME 03909

(21 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Sentry Hill at York Harbor is the preeminent retirement community in New England beautifully situated on 12 acres within easy walking distance of historic York Village and York Harbor. Designed after the style of the grand hotels of the 1890's; senior living at Sentry Hill offers a retirement...

Scarborough Terrace

600 Commerce Dr, Scarborough, ME 04074

(17 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Scarborough Terrace is a gracious, comfortable assisted living community where we provide a full complement of supportive services and amenities including 24/7 care tailored to meet the individual needs of each resident. Residents enjoy a variety of social, cultural and educational activities....

The Highlands

30 Governors Way, Topsham, ME 04086

(13 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

The Highlands is located in the historic district of Topsham, next door to Brunswick and Bowdoin College, and 25 miles from Portland, Maine's largest city. The Highlands offers a continuum of care in magnificent natural setting, covering 75 acres complete with meandering walking trails....

The Residence at Silver Square

100 Sterling Way, Dover, NH 03820

(8 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Imagine finally having the time to do the things that make you happy: Catching up on the best-seller list, getting out to the theater with friends, learning a new language, or just relaxing with the people you enjoy. Imagine life without the worries and stresses of maintaining a home. Imagine you...

Wentworth Home

795 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820

(4 reviews)


Wentworth Home — Exceptional Care at an Affordable Price Our warm and welcoming environment provides around the clock nursing staff with assistance tailored to each individual; delicious home cooked meals and engaging social activities and events. With the help of our outstanding...

The Inn at Edgewood

936 South St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

(0 review)

Studio, 1 Bed

The Inn at Edgewood provides individual care to our residents earning us a reputation as the right choice in assisted living senior care.As part of the family-owned Edgewood Centre campus, the Inn at Edgewood is situated on 18 beautiful acres in the historic seaside town of Portsmouth, New...

HarborChase of South Portland (Opening Fall 2021)

25 Country Club Rd, Portland, ME 04106

(0 review)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

We believe in a culture of genuine, heartfelt hospitality. Taking pride in creating a friendly and comfortable atmosphere where you’ll be able to relax and focus on the things you love to do. We like to think of ourselves as one big, extended family. Our love for our residents is evident by our...

Freeport Place

4 Old County Rd, Freeport, ME 04032

(0 review)

1 Bed, Semi-Private

Freeport Place offers personalized assisted living services to 30 residents in a warm, home-like setting. It is located in a beautiful country setting on Old County Road in Freeport, right next to the Freeport Country Club Golf Course. Located close to Ll.Bean and downtown Freeport, just minutes...

Countryside Adult Family Care Home Assisted Living

1334 Long Plains Rd, Buxton, ME 04093

(0 review)

Private, Semi-Private

Countryside is an attractive modern facility, privately owned, a ranch style adult family care home, licensed in coordination with Maine's Department of Human Services. It is bounded with 11 acres of scenic land along the Buxton Countryside, but still within a half-hour drive to Portland and most...

Ledgeview Assisted Living

92 US Route 1, Cumberland Foreside, ME 04110

(5 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

Ledgeview Assisted Living — When living alone is no longer an option and a nursing home isn't the answer. Ledgeview Living — where winter brings the warmth of a crackling fire in our fireplaces and summer evening breezes bring the scent of pint trees and seasonal flowers. —...

The Landing At Cape Elizabeth

78 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

(1 review)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

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Cost of care homes in Portland, ME

Care Homes costs differ by location and facility, as many communities offer different levels of care, amenities, and activities. Prices also vary based on how much — or how little — assistance a senior needs.

Monthly average care homes cost comparisons
  • $3,790
  • $5,250
  • $5,250
    Portland, ME
  • $6,000
    Harpswell, ME
  • $4,500
    Buxton, ME
Your actual costs may be higher or lower than the average.
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What are care homes?

Residential care homes are houses in residential neighborhoods that are equipped, adapted, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually between two and 10. Like assisted living communities, staff at care homes typically help residents with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, and medication management. Although residential care homes vary significantly depending on the community, services usually include:

  • Help with personal care
  • Medication management
  • Mobility assistance
  • Nutritious meals
  • Social activities and outings
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
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Learn more about other types of senior living in Portland, Maine

Care Homes in Portland, ME

Residential care homes — sometimes called care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.

Cost of Care Homes in Portland, ME

The cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary significantly.

A Place for Mom’s local Senior Living Advisors can help you find the right residential care home in Portland for you or your loved one.

Learn More About Portland, ME

Cost of Living

As the most populous metropolitan city in the New England area, Portland is more expensive than other cities in the region and nationwide. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Cost-of-living index Grocery index Median rent Rent burden Median home value Median family income Estate tax
116 104 $1,498 21.6% spend over 30% of their income on rent $261,044 $51,430 The top estate tax rate is 12% with an exemption threshold of $5.6 million

Local Hospitals

The Portland region has several highly-rated hospitals, and the following are often ranked among the best in the area:

  • Northern Light Health – Northern Light Mercy HospitThis community, part of Maine’s most expansive network of hospitals, specializes in orthopedic surgery and spine surgery.
  • Maine Medical Center – This 637-bed community, the state’s largest medical center, ranks highly for treatment in cancer, diabetes, and neurosurgery.
  • Northern Maine Medical Center – This 49-bed care center regularly makes lists of top rural hospitals. Despite its small size, the community offers a broad range of services, including pain management, radiology, and diabetes care. Northern Maine Medical Center also provides home visits for discharged patients at no extra cost.

Weather and Climate

The climate of Portland, ME is considered warm-summer humid continental. Residents can expect four distinct seasons, with warm summers and occasional cold waves in winter. On average, the humidity level for Portland is 68%. This number peaks in September, with 72% humidity.

Seasonal Temperatures

Average summer temp Typical summer high Typical summer low Average winter temp Typical winter high Typical winter low
68°F 82°F (July) 53°F (July) 27°F 40°F (December) 15°F (January)

Air Quality

Average air quality index rating Average maximum air quality index rating
40 (Good) 49 in December (Good)


Average monthly precipitation Average maximum monthly precipitation Average yearly snowfall
5” 7” (October) 61”

Demographics and Values

Portland, ME leans liberal, with the majority of the city’s population voting for Democratic candidates in the last five presidential elections. The city is among the strongest for small businesses in the United States, as ranked by the American City Business Journals. Small businesses also boost a higher-than-average survival rate in Portland, as well as notable yearly sales growth. Retail, tourism, and healthcare count among the city’s top industries. Mainehealth, the city of Portland, and the boating retailer Hamilton Marine have established themselves as leading employers. The city is also headquarters to L.L. Bean, which employs approximately 5,000 people.

2016 Presidential Election Results for Cumberland County

Voted Democratic Voted Republican Voted Third Party
60.34% 33.26% 6.41%

Population Statistics

Population density Population trend
1,197 people per square mile Shrinking at a rate of -0.46% since 2010


Median 55+ 60+ 70+ 80+
36 26% 10% 6% 4%

Highest Level of Education

High-school diploma College degree Graduate degree
19% 49% 19%

Race & Ethnicity

Asian Black Hispanic Native American Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian White Two or more
3.8% 8.7% 3.6% 0.1% 0.0% 83.9% 2.9%


Property crimes per 1,000 citizens Violent crimes per 1,000 citizens
26 3


Unemployed Participate in the labor force Have some form of disability Live in poverty Widows Veterans
5% 71% 13% 18% 5% 6%

Portland, ME is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. This means that members of the community are accepted by the general public and can actively participate in public life without fear of bigotry. The Williams Institute, associated with UCLA and studying sexuality, ranked Portland among its “gayest cities.” The city has a small but vibrant LGBTQ+ bar scene, and a host of area organizations devoted to protecting and advancing the LGBTQ+ community. In particular, SAGE Maine focuses on providing social support for LGBTQ+ seniors. With hundreds of members, the group meets weekly and occasionally puts on larger events. Pride Portland, the city’s pride festival, occurs annually, unifying the community and its allies, as well as packing the weekend with high-energy performers and speakers.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

With more than 700 acres of open space, the city of Portland, Maine is best known for its breezy, maritime charm. The Old Port district invites visitors to stroll through cobblestone streets, stopping at a variety of boutiques, restaurants, and bars. The district also has a bustling, fresh fish market. The city’s historic lighthouses can make for a full-day tour of scenic, panoramic views. Meanwhile, the Portland Observatory is the country’s only surviving maritime signal tower, a designated national landmark known for its telescope and museum tours. The city has 66 parks, 10 gardens, and miles of trails, making it an ideal destination for hikers, birdwatchers, and other nature enthusiasts. Crescent Beach mixes sand and sun for yet another waterfront delight. The Maine Jewish Museum, located in Portland, pays homage to the city’s Jewish history, art, and culture. Past exhibits have showcased the work of Jewish photographers, sculptors, and painters. Housed in the same community, the Etz Chaim Congregation gathers for weekly prayer services, a monthly speaker series, and all major Jewish holidays.

Portland is also on the Maine Wine Trail, which has 24 wineries. Specifically, Portland wine lovers can unwind at Cellardoor Winery, Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery, and Blue Lobster Urban Winery.


Greater Portland METRO consists of bus, metro, ferry, and Amtrak services. All buses meet ADA accessibility standards. Seniors, people with disabilities, and Medicare cardholders all qualify for fare discounts. Additionally, The League of American Bicyclists named Portland, ME the second most friendly city in the country for bikers.

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