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15 Most Underrated Cities in the America

What happened to your American dream? Did it get lost in your paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle in that filthy urban hub you call home? Are you swallowing it down with $15 happy hour cocktails, squandering it spending every night in your over-priced hovel, or sacrificing it at your eight hour (or whenever the boss stops instant messaging you) cubicle gig? You don't have to live like that.

Here are 15 Underrated Cities in the US that will appeal to all your artistic, athletic, and economic dream while finally providing you with the lifestyle you deserve. All you have to give up is the subway car panic attacks, bone-dry bank account, and access to what seems like 7 million different kinds of entertainment in one of these overrated cities. Oh, and maybe an uncompromised Wi-Fi connection. Nothing comes without sacrifice.

Portland, Maine

Most underrated feature: Maplesyrup
Most underrated person: L.L.Bean
Most underrated moment: DGAF fleece wearing

For years, there has been an epic battle between the Pacific Northwest and the Atlantic Northeast. But, let's just get one thing straight right away: Both Portland's are awesome places to live. One of them just has better lobster rolls and a more low-key vibe on the living scale, and that's Portland in Maine. While Oregon's Portland draws in the hipsters, Portland in Maine is all about that local love.

What was once just a seaside industrial town with a salty sailor vibe now has a blossoming downtown juxtaposed with gorgeous lighthouse action. The cities seal is a phoenix rising from the ashes, which is perfect for a city that is populated at 66,214—a 3% growth from 2000. That's because young people with big dreams of settling down someplace cozy and homey (but also cosmopolitan) are moving to Portland from places like Boston and New York in hopes of creating their own city. There's an art scene with the First Friday Art Walk and the Portland Museum, tons of cool coffee shops like Arabica (which puts maple syrup in some of their specialized lattes), and Peaks Island, which is an even more remote and quaint refuge from the daily drone of life.

If you can't just hike and drink coffee all day (ie: are not a freelance writer), jobs in Portland aren't just limited to charming bed and breakfasts or bait shops. Portland is the economic center of Maine and has a buzzing food scene; it even got voted America's Foodiest Small Town in 2009 from Bon Appétit magazine. Or, you could further your fashion career at L.L.Bean. OK, maybe that's an overstatement, but we can get behind a town that considers wearing monogrammed fleece everyday acceptable.

By Phoenix Phillips

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