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Portland, Maine makes least attractive list

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  November 8, 2010 10:09 AM

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Portland, Maine was able to beat out Boston (but not Providence) in Travel and Leisure's annual "America's Favorite Cities" survey when it comes to microbrews. However, the city received another not-so-prestigious honor with a No. 7 nod in the category rounding up America's least attractive people.

"Portland is a survey newcomer that didn't fare so well in this category. Perhaps these Maine residents don't impress because they're a blur of blandness: this lobster-loving town ranks last (No. 35) for diversity. And a lobster bib clearly doesn't count as a good look: locals rate No. 31 for their style. At least they're a tame crowd: the city ranks second for safety and, perhaps more enticing, No. 5 for a microbrew."

Ouch. Portland finished 29th out of 35 cities with a score of 3.90 in the category. Boston didn't fare much better, with a score of 3.92, good for only 25th. Providence finished 15th.

Boston finished highest in the classical music category (No. 2), while Portland and Providence also peaked at No. 2 for safety and theater/performance art, respectively.

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