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Income/capita 3%
Household income 13%
Unemployment 13%
IndexPortlandMaineNational
Income per capita$30,735$28,473$29,829
Median household income$48,259$50,826$55,322
Median income owner occupied$78,987$61,950$70,586
Median income renter occupied$31,138$28,066$35,192
Median earnings male$32,218$34,117$36,919
Median earnings female$26,890$25,068$26,250
Unemployment rate4.0%3.8%4.7%
Poverty level19.2%13.5%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Portland is 3% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Portland is 13% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Portland is 13% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Portland is 27% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $32,169$48,259$96,518
      City
      $33,880$50,826$101,652
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Portland median earnings by income bracket

      Portland employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry7.1%0.6%
      Manufacturing sector10.2%0.9%
      Financial & insurance services4.5%7.9%
      Wholesale & retail services15.6%12.7%
      Public administration3.1%2.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.4%1.1%
      Education, health & social services16.2%39.0%
      Other36.0%30.3%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Cumberland Center, ME2,475$127,396130%
      Cousins Island, ME659$102,18885%
      Littlejohn Island, ME95$95,08972%
      Falmouth Foreside, ME1,637$92,22267%
      Falmouth, ME2,018$81,47347%
      Portland, ME66,649$48,25913%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Palo Alto, CA66,649$137,043148%
      Camarillo, CA66,630$88,12559%
      Woodbury, MN66,699$101,92284%
      South San Francisco, CA66,587$85,07654%
      Oshkosh, WI66,713$43,96021%
      Portland, ME66,649$48,25913%
      Source: The Portland, ME employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).