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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
South Portland is a town in Maine with a population of 25,431. South Portland is in Cumberland County. Living in South Portland offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In South Portland there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in South Portland and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in South Portland are above average.
About South Portland...
Population
25,431

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$235,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,119
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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South Portland Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    151.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    15.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    50.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    303.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,873.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    74
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in South Portland

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$59,515
National
$55,322
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I love my hometown, South Portland, Maine! I live right on the water, so that's hard to beat. I guess if I wanted anything to change it would be the amount of funding that goes into schools, there just isn't enough of it! In recent years the high school finally got an update, but there are still a lot of things that need to be done.
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I grew up in South Portland, went to school in Maryland, got married and moved my family back to South Portland. The community is fantastic. There are lots of small businesses, the community supports their kids by coming to watch the sporting events, school plays, partaking in fundraising events and helping out those in need. I wish construction weren't so prevalent. The need to build on all open spaces is strong and the city seems to be getting full.
South Portland has a lot to offer. There are lighthouses, beaches, parks and trails to hike. It is beautiful and seems so rural compared to the city right next door. Love my neighborhood!