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South Portland Maine Housing and Community Overview

South Portland is a coastal city located in southern Maine. This unique city feels like two cities in one with one half encompassing most of its commercial and industrial space and the second comprising the community college, multiple parks, beaches, a busy marina and the second busiest oil port on the East coast. The city's close proximity to the interstate and the jetport make it a convenient destination. South Portland started as a mostly residential city but quickly turned industrial when it became a shipyard for building cargo ships for Great Britain. Still today, South Portland continues to be a heavy source of Maine employment with large companies such as National Semiconductor, Anthem Blue Cross, and Wright Express all located within its limits.

Demographics, Population, and Income

South Portland consists of a population of 23,300 people. 95 percent of the population is White. The average income in South Portland is $49,743, compared to the United States average of $60,374. The city encompasses 12.93 miles of land along the coast of southern Maine. The median age for residents in South Portland is 42.2, which is older than the average age in the United States. Families represent 60 percent of the population.

Schools

South Portland School Department consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. There is also a community college located in South Portland. More information about each of the schools in the South Portland School Department can be found at http://www.spsd.org/schools.php. More information about Southern Maine Community College can be found at http://www.smccme.edu

Area Entertainment, Beaches, Recreation in South Portland

Shopping is just one of the many highlights in South Portland. Due to its large volume of commercial property, the South Portland Parks and Recreation is able to provide residents with many outdoor facilities. Locals enjoy the area golf courses, beaches, park lands, and walking trails. Willard Beach in South Portland is among some of Mainer's favorite beaches. Two beautiful lighthouses exist in South Portland, the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, and make excellent places to visit any time of the year.

Shopping and Restaurants

You'll find many shopping opportunities in South Portland. Within its 1.2 million square feet of retail space, there are more than a hundred stores located at the Maine Mall, with other major retailers branching out from there. South Portland is also a great place to go out for dinner. Restaurants in the South Portland area include Beale Street Barbeque, Sebago Brewing CO., Salt Water Grille, multiple pizzerias, and Bridgeway Restaurant.

South Portland is home to the Maine Mall, providing shopping, entertainment and dining. More information, including a store directory can be found on the Maine Mall's Web site.