South Portland is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 25,577 people and six constituent neighborhoods, South Portland is the fourth largest community in Maine.
South Portland is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.93% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Portland is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Portland who work in office and administrative support (16.09%), sales jobs (11.92%), and management occupations (9.89%).
Also of interest is that South Portland has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about South Portland is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, South Portland is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the South Portland area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of South Portland ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in South Portland, 42.63% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in South Portland in 2010 was $32,272, which is wealthy relative to Maine, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,088 for a family of four. However, South Portland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call South Portland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Portland residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in South Portland include English, French , Italian, and German.
The most common language spoken in South Portland is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Vietnamese.