South Portland, ME
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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.

South Portland is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in South Portland use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of South Portland‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of South Portland are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.63% of adults in South Portland have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.