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A+ South Portland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F South Portland Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% higher than Maine
South Portland
11313% more expensive than the US average
1044% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
South Portland cost of living
B South Portland Crime Total crime is 52% higher than Maine
Total crime
2,46910% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4110% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
South Portland crime
C- South Portland Employment Household income is 11% higher than Maine
Median household income
$56,2502% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$32,2728% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%6% lower than the US average
South Portland employment
C- South Portland Housing Home value is 30% higher than Maine
Median home value
$229,40024% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,08614% higher than the US average
Home ownership
58%9% lower than the US average
South Portland real estate or South Portland rentals
F South Portland Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Maine
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
38%23% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:121% lower than the US average
South Portland K-12 schools or South Portland colleges

Living in South Portland, ME

Located in the state of Maine, South Portland is a medium-sized city with a population of 25,397 people. According to the most recent Census, 93% of South Portland residents are White, 3% Asian and 1% Black. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in South Portland. With average one way commute time of only 19 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in South Portland could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Maine if you know where to look. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in South Portland and in the areas around South Portland is a much easier task.

South Portland has a livability score of 69/100 and is ranked #23 in Maine and #11,596 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that South Portland has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (B+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in South Portland. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: cost of living (F), weather (F) and education (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in South Portland, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

South Portland real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in South Portland. Median real estate prices in South Portland come in at $229,400, which is 30.3% higher than the Maine average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In South Portland, the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 17.1% higher than the Maine average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the South Portland area were 10.5% and 5 year appreciation rates were 6.9%.

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Compare South Portland, ME Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around South Portland, ME

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Stroudwater, Portland794.2881
Rosemont, Portland763.24,411
Oakdale, Portland742.23,099
Nasons Corner, Portland734.53,528
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North Deering, Portland724.711,002
Ocean Avenue, Portland713.12,672
Downtown, Portland711.32,151
West End, Portland701.45,829

Best Cities Near South Portland, ME

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Brunswick Station, ME8223.2548
Freeport, ME7816.41,527
Yarmouth, ME7811.55,709
Dover, NH784530,750
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cumberland Center, ME7710.62,475
York Harbor, ME74402,885
Brunswick, ME7323.315,564
Kennebunkport, ME7322.11,089
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Great place to raise a family

Moved here from living in Portland. What a difference! Less crime and more community feel. So you can't walk to 20 bars or places to eat. But you also don't have drunk people walking by your house at 2am or have your house tagged every month like Portland. Nice parks and very pet friendly.
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An Average City

Living in South Portland, ME I get to experience all four seasons. The winters are very cold and covered in snow. The Summers are warm and sunny. Autumn and spring offer cool temps and beautiful views.

A downside to living in South Portland, ME is there is a lack of amenities and things to do locally. This city offers the basics of what you would expect anywhere; a library, a variety of restaurants to eat, and a few other amenities, but there is not much of a night life or major attraction. The best places, in my opinion, to visit are the yoga studio and a few parks that I enjoy spending my free time visiting.

South Portland, ME is an average city to live in. It is a little pricey to live here, but I have noticed that there is not a lot of crime. I definitely appreciate that and don't mind paying a little extra to feel safe when I walk out my door.
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Source: The South Portland, ME data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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