Portland-South Portland, ME

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
552,916
0.935% 1-year growth
US Senator
Susan Collins
Republican Party
US Senator
Angus King
Independent Party
2022 Median Age
43.6
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
7.77%
3.11% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$84,095
8.15% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$344,900
17.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
299,167
0.222% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Portland-South Portland, ME had a population of 553k people with a median age of 43.6 and a median household income of $84,095. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Portland-South Portland, ME grew from 547,792 to 552,916, a 0.935% increase and its median household income grew from $77,759 to $84,095, a 8.15% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portland-South Portland, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.13%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.63%), and White (Hispanic) (0.994%).

None of the households in Portland-South Portland, ME reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.7% of the residents in Portland-South Portland, ME are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Portland-South Portland, ME are University of Southern Maine (1,918 degrees awarded in 2022), University of New England (1,557 degrees), and Southern Maine Community College (804 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Portland-South Portland, ME was $344,900, and the homeownership rate was 72.4%.

Most people in Portland-South Portland, ME drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Portland-South Portland, ME was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Portland-South Portland, ME is home to a population of 553k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.04% of Portland-South Portland, ME residents were born outside of the country (27.9k people).

In 2022, there were 23.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (496k people) in Portland-South Portland, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 11.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.7%
2022 Citizenship
97.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.7% of Portland-South Portland, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Portland-South Portland, ME was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Portland-South Portland, ME
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    496k ± 1.61k
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    21k ± 1.87k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.8k ± 694
2.13%
Hispanic Population
11.8k people

In 2022, there were 23.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (496k people) in Portland-South Portland, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 11.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.13% of the people in Portland-South Portland, ME are hispanic (11.8k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Portland-South Portland, ME as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    9,723 ± 2,412 people
  2. China
    2,585 ± 1,247 people
  3. Germany
    2,409 ± 1,204 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 9,723 Maine residents, followed by China with 2,585 and Germany with 2,409.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.04%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
27.9k people
4.96%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
27.2k people

As of 2022, 5.04% of Portland-South Portland, ME residents (27.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portland-South Portland, ME was 4.96%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    13,858 ± 795
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,880 ± 701
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,940 ± 545

Portland-South Portland, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Portland-South Portland, ME employs 299k people. The largest industries in Portland-South Portland, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,413 people), Retail Trade (36,837 people), and Educational Services (29,574 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($84,718), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($74,219), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($73,062).

Males in Maine have an average income that is 1.23 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,509. The income inequality in Maine (measured using the Gini index) is 0.437, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

299k
2022 Value
± 4,456
0.222%
1 Year growth
± 2.12%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portland-South Portland, ME grew at a rate of 0.222%, from 299k employees to 299k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portland-South Portland, ME, are Management Occupations (36,802 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (30,732 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (29,670 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portland-South Portland, ME.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

299k
2022 Value
± 4,456
0.222%
1 Year growth
± 2.12%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portland-South Portland, ME grew at a rate of 0.222%, from 299k employees to 299k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portland-South Portland, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,413 people), Retail Trade (36,837 people), and Educational Services (29,574 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Portland-South Portland, ME, though some of these residents may live in Portland-South Portland, ME and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$55,686
Median earning men ± $936
$42,022
Median earning women ± $780

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($81,512), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($79,715), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($68,578).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,689), Public Administration ($56,759), and Manufacturing ($54,704).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.54%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 627k people employed in Maine. This represents a 1.54% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Maine.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 6,498
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 4,379
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 3,669
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Maine went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 52.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (43.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.71%).

Susan Collins and Angus King are the senators currently representing the state of Maine. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Maine is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Maine

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Susan Collins
Senator from Maine2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Angus King
Senator from Maine1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont join meetings of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Susan Collins and Angus King are the senators currently representing Maine.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Maine

Maine is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Maine have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Portland-South Portland, ME awarded 6,607 degrees. The student population of Portland-South Portland, ME in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 10,819 male students and 19,888 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Portland-South Portland, ME are White (5,174 and 79.7%), followed by Unknown (307 and 4.73%), Black or African American (302 and 4.65%), and Hispanic or Latino (249 and 3.84%).

The largest universities in Portland-South Portland, ME by number of degrees awarded are University of Southern Maine (1,918 and 29%), University of New England (1,557 and 23.6%), and Southern Maine Community College (804 and 12.2%).

The most popular majors in Portland-South Portland, ME are Registered Nursing (406 and 6.14%), General Business Administration & Management (250 and 3.78%), and Social Work (235 and 3.56%).

The median tuition costs in Portland-South Portland, ME are $39,510 for private four year colleges, and $8,064 and $22,680 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Portland-South Portland, ME, the percentage of applicants admitted was 63.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 15%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 30,707 (35.2% men and 64.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 30,707 students enrolled in Portland-South Portland, ME, 35.2% men and 64.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 23,132 records, of which 65.7% were women and 34.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 329 degrees awarded
  2. 128 degrees awarded
  3. 114 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Portland-South Portland, ME was Registered Nursing with 329 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Portland-South Portland, ME according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,918 degrees awarded
  2. 1,557 degrees awarded
  3. 804 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Southern Maine with 1,918 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,320 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Portland-South Portland, ME, which is 0.541 times less than the 4,287 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,174 degrees mean that there were 16.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 307 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($39,510) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,036) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.538% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.438% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (355k), Some college (229k), and Bachelors Degree (225k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portland-South Portland, ME was $344,900 in 2022, which is 1.22 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $292,500 to $344,900, a 17.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Portland-South Portland, ME is 72.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Portland-South Portland, ME have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Portland-South Portland, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Portland-South Portland, ME is $84,095. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Portland-South Portland, ME was Cumberland County, ME with a value of $87,710, followed by York County, ME and Sagadahoc County, ME, with respective values of $79,743 and $77,591.

Property

$344,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,644
$169,104
Median Property Taxes
±$3,172

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portland-South Portland, ME the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

72.4%
Homeownership
2022
62.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 72.4% of the housing units in Portland-South Portland, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portland-South Portland, ME was Cumberland County, ME with a value of $87,710, followed by York County, ME and Sagadahoc County, ME, with respective values of $79,743 and $77,591.

The following map shows all of the counties in Portland-South Portland, ME colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$84,095
Median Household Income
± $1,263
234k
Number of Households
± 3,945

In 2022, the median household income of the 234k households in Portland-South Portland, ME grew to $84,095 from the previous year's value of $77,759.

The following chart displays the households in Portland-South Portland, ME distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portland-South Portland, ME is from Maine.
0.437
2022 Wage GINI in Maine
0.436
2021 Wage GINI in Maine

In 2022, the income inequality in Maine was 0.437 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.204% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Maine was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maine in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (71%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.9%)
  3. Carpooled (7.92%)

In 2022, 71% of workers in Portland-South Portland, ME drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.9%) and those who carpooled to work (7.92%).

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Commute Time

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portland-South Portland, ME have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.13% of the workforce in Portland-South Portland, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Portland-South Portland, ME distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Portland-South Portland, ME have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

7.77% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portland-South Portland, ME (42k out of 541k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 75+.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Portland-South Portland, ME is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.7% of the population of Portland-South Portland, ME has health coverage, with 53.6% on employee plans, 9.94% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 14.8% on non-group plans, and 1.81% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Maine see 908 patients per year on average, which represents a 1% increase from the previous year (899 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1476 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 194 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Maine

Primary care physicians in Maine see an average of 908 patients per year. This represents a 1% increase from the previous year (899 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Maine in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.6% under 18 years, 19.7% between 18 and 34 years, 40.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.27%
Uninsured
53.6%
Employer Coverage
9.94%
Medicaid
14.6%
Medicare
14.8%
Non-Group
1.81%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portland-South Portland, ME declined by 4.04% from 5.49% to 5.27%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Portland-South Portland, ME changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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