Introduction to South Portland, Maine

South Portland, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 1 mile SE of Portland, Maine and 97 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The people of the city are in the Portland metropolitan area. South Portland has a population of 23,324.

South Portland History

South Portland was first settled by Europeans in 1630. In 1808, Fort Preble was established on South Portland's waterfront in order to protect the Portland Harbor. The area was incorporated as a town on March 15, 1895. Prior to its incorporation, it was a part of Cape Elizabeth. South Portland gained the status of a city in 1898. The Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding Corporation was established in this area in 1940.

South Portland and nearby Attractions

  • Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
  • Portland Harbor Museum
  • Crescent Beach State Park
  • Victoria Mansion
  • Two Lights State Park
  • Eagle Island State Historic Site

Things To Do In South Portland

Local parks include Mill Creek Park, Willard Square and Hinckley Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at the South Portland Municipal Golf Course or at the Sable Oaks Golf Club. The Portland Harbor Museum is nearby as well. Local shopping centers include the Mall Plaza Shopping Center, the Cornerbrook Shopping Center and Maine Mall.

South Portland Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

South Portland Higher Education

Southern Maine Technical College is located in South Portland. The University of Southern Maine, Saint Josephs College and the University of New England-University Campus are close by as well.


Total Population 25,304
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 13,916
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 41.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.7%
Median Earnings25+ $37,248
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,636
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,648


Median Family Income $67,051
% Above Poverty Level 86.2%
% Below Poverty Level 13.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,045
Median House Value $223,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 23.8%
Irish 24.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

South Portland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles SE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cumberland
Metro Area Portland
Standard Zip Codes 04106
P.O. Box Zip Codes 04116
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.641
Longitude -70.241

South Portland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 53 F
Jul Temp 59 to 79 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Distance 30.4 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 28 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 32 to 58 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cape Elizabeth 9,157 $120,034
Falmouth 2,051 $128,036
Long Island 229 $60,938
Portland 66,490 $66,831
Scarborough 4,601 $76,500
Westbrook 17,754 $59,219

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

South Portland Public Libraries

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South Portland High Schools

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Serves 1,070 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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Serves 118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.6

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