South Portland is on Money Magazine’s top 100 best places to live in 2017. The populations of the selected towns and cities are between 10,000 to 100,000. Other criteria included the cost of living, economic health, public education, amenities, and more.
With a median house price of $205,625, a median household income of $56,472, and an average commute time of 17 minutes, South Portland is a great place to live.
South Portland has a diverse economy and is the fourth largest city in the state. The suburban city is home to a working waterfront and the largest railroad yard in New England. Also known as the retail capital of Maine, South Portland is home to The Maine Mall, the biggest and busiest mall in the state; Mill Creek shopping center, and Waterfront Market. The primary runway and passenger terminal of Portland International Jetport, Maine’s busiest airport, are in the city.
The high school graduation rate is 87%. The city has one high school, two middle schools, and five elementary schools. Two private schools are in the area: Holy Cross School and Greater Portland Christian School. South Portland also has three higher learning institutions: Kaplan University, Southern Maine Community College, and New England Bible College.
There are several local attractions, including the South Portland Historical Society Museum, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Bug Light Park, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Liberty Ship Memorial, and Willard Beach. Performing arts theatres include Portland Players, the oldest community theatre in Maine, and Lyric Music Theater. Golfers enjoy Sable Oaks Golf Club and South Portland Golf Course.
Residents attend popular annual events, such as the Bug Light Kite Festival, South Portland Mill Creek Park Holiday Fest, and the Independence Day Classic Car Show and Barbecue. In the fall, the community has lots of 5Ks, walks, and bike rides.