South Portland

Coastal New England town overlooking Portland Harbor.
 

Welcome to South Portland

Welcome to charming South Portland — an energetic, pedestrian-friendly coastal enclave. The waterfront area presents an unparalleled mix of beauty and accessibility. Its convenient location (a stone's throw from Portland) ensures residents enjoy the best metropolitan dynamism and serene maritime ambiance. One need only stroll through its bustling streets to capture the essence of this vibrant community. As you navigate its distinct neighborhoods, each with its character and charm, you'll discover a town where history whispers through tree-lined streets and the promise of a vibrant future echoes in the air.
 

What to Love

  • Adjacent to Portland yet retains unique charm
  • Abundant parks with mesmerizing Portland skyline vistas
  • Distinct neighborhood areas, including Knightville, Ferry Village, and Willard Beach
  • Swift home sales, often surpassing market prices

Local Lifestyle

Life in South Portland is the epitome of coastal elegance. Residents revel in the uniqueness of various neighborhood enclaves, from the artistic vibes of Knightville to the tranquil shores of Willard Beach. Locals sip coffee overlooking Casco Bay and explore local boutiques, eclectic eateries, and vibrant parks. Bug Light Park is a great place to unwind and reflect. Summer invites a host of aquatic recreation, from kayaking in the bay to taking boat tours. Despite its proximity to Portland, South Portland maintains its distinct identity, offering a mix of relaxed beach vibes with the accessibility of city delights.
 

Dining and Entertainment

One would be remiss to overlook the culinary treasures of South Portland. At the heart of it is Saltwater Grille, a sanctuary for seafood lovers. With an ambiance that oozes warmth and a menu that tantalizes the taste buds, it’s a great place to enjoy a casual meal with loved ones.
 
Meanwhile, Tuscan Table effortlessly transports its visitors to the heart of Italy. The restaurant is a symphony of delectable tastes and a captivating ambiance, reminding patrons of a serene Tuscan evening.
 
Davids 388 is where exquisite dining meets an intimate atmosphere. The place exudes charm, and the culinary delights are nothing short of artistry. It's a haven for those seeking an elevated dining experience.
 
For those who fancy a bit of Mexican flair, Taco Trio is the place to be. Celebrated for its authentic flavors and commendable service, it promises an unmatched taco experience.
 

Things to Do

Bug Light Park offers panoramic views of the harbor and a lighthouse steeped in history, making it a favorite among locals and visitors.
 
Greenbelt Walkway offers a refreshing experience for those who love the outdoors. Whether it's a morning jog or an evening stroll, the walkway and the stunning views of Willard Beach ensure every moment is picturesque.
 

Schools

South Portland’s public school system operates five local elementary schools. Students may attend:
 
  • South Portland Middle School
  • South Portland High School
  • Holy Cross School (private)

 

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Overview for South Portland, ME

26,428 people live in South Portland, where the median age is 43.2 and the average individual income is $42,822. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

26,428

Total Population

43.2 years

Median Age

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$42,822

Average individual Income

Around South Portland, ME

There's plenty to do around South Portland, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
53
Bikeable
Bike Score
21
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Moonday Coffee, Modestman Maine, and SKORDO.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.93 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.1 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.39 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.9 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.8 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.24 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for South Portland, ME

South Portland has 11,672 households, with an average household size of 2.21. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in South Portland do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 26,428 people call South Portland home. The population density is 2,189.94 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

26,428

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

43.2

Median Age

49.05 / 50.95%

Men vs Women

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  • High School Degree
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11,672

Total Households

2.21

Average Household Size

$42,822

Average individual Income

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Schools in South Portland, ME

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The following schools are within or nearby South Portland. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Greater Portland Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Daniel F. Mahoney Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
4/5
Dora L Small Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Arthur R. Gould School--LCYDC
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
James Otis Kaler Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
1/5
Waldo T Skillin Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 4th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Frank I Brown Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 4th
3/5

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