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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,431
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens15.4%
Employed Population 16+14,037
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married40.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.9%
Median Earnings25+$39,835
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,618
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,015

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,237
% Above Poverty Level87.6%
% Below Poverty Level12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.9%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,119
Median House Value$235,700

Ancestry

Irish24.3%
English23.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.4%
French Except Basque11.1%
Italian9.9%
German8.6%
Canadian5.8%
Scottish5.4%
Polish3%
Dutch1.8%
Swedish1.7%
Norwegian1.3%
Welsh1.2%
Arab1%
Russian0.8%
Portuguese0.6%
African0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
Greek0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Afghan)0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Iraqi0.3%
Bulgarian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
US/American0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Bermudan0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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South Portland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cumberland County
Standard Zip Codes4106
P.O. Box Zip Codes4116
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.63
Approximate Longitude-70.28

South Portland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPORTLAND INTL AP
Distance3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 31 F
Apr Temp35 to 53 F
Jul Temp59 to 79 F
Oct Temp37 to 58 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationKENNEBUNKPORT
Distance23.1 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip47 inches
StationEAST HIRAM
Distance30.4 miles
Jan Temp3 to 28 F
Apr Temp29 to 53 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp32 to 58 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Falmouth1,994$144,758
Portland66,715$76,615
Scarborough4,876$88,355
Westbrook18,156$72,047

South Portland Public Libraries

South Portland Public Library
482 BROADWAY
South Portland, Maine
(207) 767-7660

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South Portland Public Schools

Arthur R. Gould Sch--lcydc
675 Westbrook Street
ZIP: 4106
(207) 822-2660
High
Total Enrollment 28
Daniel F. Mahoney Middle School
240 Ocean Street
ZIP: 4106
(207) 799-7386
Middle
Total Enrollment 305
Dora L Small Elementary School
87 Thompson Street
ZIP: 4106
(207) 799-7676
Primary
Total Enrollment 323
Dyer Elementary School
52 Alfred Street
ZIP: 4106
(207) 799-4845
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Frank I Brown Elementary School
37 Highland Avenue
ZIP: 4106
(207) 799-5196
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
James Otis Kaler Elementary School
165 Kelsey Street
ZIP: 4106
(207) 799-3214
Primary
Total Enrollment 218
Maine Connections Academy
75 John Roberts Road Unit 11b
ZIP: 4106
(800) 382-6010
High
Total Enrollment 256
Memorial Middle School
120 Wescott Road
ZIP: 4106
(207) 773-5629
Middle
Total Enrollment 420
South Portland High School
637 Highland Avenue
ZIP: 4106
(207) 767-3266
High
Total Enrollment 896
Waldo T Skillin Elementary School
180 Wescott Road
ZIP: 4106
(207) 773-7375
Primary
Total Enrollment 383

South Portland Private Schools

Greater Portland Christian School
1338 Broadway
ZIP: 4106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 123
Holy Cross School
436 Broadway
ZIP: 4106
Elementary
Total Enrollment 150
Spurwink School--s Portland
341 Pine St
ZIP: 4106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
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Portland between 1890 and 1910
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