Portland-South Portland, ME

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Population

535,420

0.627% growth

Poverty Rate

9.86%


Median Age

43.9


Median Household Income

$69,980

2.06% growth

Number of Employees

297,069

1.71% growth

Median Property Value

$275,600

6.33% growth

About

In 2018, Portland-South Portland, ME had a population of 535k people with a median age of 43.9 and a median household income of $69,980. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Portland-South Portland, ME grew from 532,083 to 535,420, a 0.627% increase and its median household income grew from $68,570 to $69,980, a 2.06% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portland-South Portland, ME are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.09%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.91%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.8%), and White (Hispanic) (1.44%). N/A% of the people in Portland-South Portland, ME speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Portland-South Portland, ME are University of New England (1,872 degrees awarded in 2017), University of Southern Maine (1,757 degrees), and Southern Maine Community College (784 degrees).

The median property value in Portland-South Portland, ME is $275,600, and the homeownership rate is 70.4%. Most people in Portland-South Portland, ME commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Portland-South Portland, ME is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Maine (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Portland-South Portland, ME employs 297k people. The largest industries in Portland-South Portland, ME are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,894 people), Retail Trade (36,763 people), and Educational Services (28,691 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($109,538), Utilities ($62,368), and Public Administration ($61,868).

Median household income in Portland-South Portland, ME is $69,980. Males in Portland-South Portland, ME have an average income that is 1.21 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,138. The income inequality in Portland-South Portland, ME (measured using the Gini index) is 0.428, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$69,980

2018 value

± $2,307

2.06%

1 Year Growth

± 5.47%

Households in Portland-South Portland, ME have a median annual income of $69,980, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $68,570 in 2017, which represents a 2.06% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,294

Average Male Salary

± $2,534

$49,138

Average Female Salary

± $1,894

In 2018, full-time male employees in Maine made 1.21 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Maine by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $72,937 ± $17,542

  2. White

    $46,924 ± $1,459

  3. Other

    $41,317 ± $21,301

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Maine workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.55 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Maine by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portland-South Portland, ME is from Maine.

0.428

2018 Wage GINI

0.434

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Maine was 0.428 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.29% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Maine was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Maine in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Maine across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portland-South Portland, ME was Cumberland County, ME with a value of $72,452, followed by York County, ME and Kennebec County, ME, with respective values of $66,614 and $51,653.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.86% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portland-South Portland, ME (50.7k out of 514k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    43,128 ± 1,562

  2. Black

    4,150 ± 431

  3. Two Or More

    1,862 ± 342

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

297k

2018 Value

± 8,783

1.71%

1 Year growth

± 4.18%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Portland-South Portland, ME grew at a rate of 1.71%, from 292k employees to 297k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portland-South Portland, ME, are Management Occupations (37,971 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (32,784 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (28,201 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portland-South Portland, ME.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Portland-South Portland, ME, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (37,971 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (32,784 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (28,201 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Portland-South Portland, ME has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.3 times higher than expected), Management Occupations (1.26 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.21 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Portland-South Portland, ME, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,034), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($69,016), and Legal Occupations ($68,671).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

297k

2018 Value

± 8,783

1.71%

1 Year growth

± 4.18%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Portland-South Portland, ME grew at a rate of 1.71%, from 292k employees to 297k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portland-South Portland, ME, are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,894 people), Retail Trade (36,763 people), and Educational Services (28,691 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Portland-South Portland, ME, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,894 people), Retail Trade (36,763 people), and Educational Services (28,691 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Portland-South Portland, ME has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.33 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.24 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Portland-South Portland, ME, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($109,538), Utilities ($62,368), and Public Administration ($61,868).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $8.58B

  2. $3.57B

  3. $3.34B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $8.58B, followed by Fuel oils ($3.57B) and Machinery ($3.34B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Maine products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$45.4B

2020 Value

$56.8B

Projected 2045 Value

25.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Maine trade was $45.4B. This is expected to increase 25.2% to $56.8B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Maine trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Maine to other states, or from other states to Maine.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $3.76B

  2. $3.36B

  3. $2.86B

In 2015, the top outbound Maine domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $3.76B, followed by New Hampshire with $3.36B and New York and $2.86B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Maine shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.7% of the population of Portland-South Portland, ME has health coverage, with 55.1% on employee plans, 9.05% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 1.92% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Portland-South Portland, ME was $9,531 in 2014. This is a 4.36% increase from the previous year ($9,133).

Primary care physicians in Portland-South Portland, ME see 899 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.663% decrease from the previous year (905 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1671 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 227 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.6%). Additionally, Aroostook County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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899 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Maine see an average of 899 patients per year. This represents a 0.663% decrease from the previous year (905 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,531

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,015

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,504

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,325

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Maine (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.36%, from $9,133 to $9,531.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.32%

Uninsured

55.1%

Employer Coverage

9.05%

Medicaid

13.3%

Medicare

14.3%

Non-Group

1.92%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portland-South Portland, ME grew by 8.94% from 5.8% to 6.32%.

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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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.6% prevalence

  2. 12.3% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Washington County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Maine, at 12.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Maine by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Portland-South Portland, ME is home to a population of 535k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.77% of Portland-South Portland, ME residents were born outside of the country (25.4k people).

In 2018, there were 43.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (492k people) in Portland-South Portland, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.2k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Portland-South Portland, ME was 43.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Portland-South Portland, ME are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Portland-South Portland, ME residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.77%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

25.4k people

4.76%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

25.2k people

As of 2017, 4.77% of Portland-South Portland, ME residents (25.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portland-South Portland, ME was 4.76%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    8,685 ± 2,281 people

  2. Philippines

    4,401 ± 1,626 people

  3. Germany

    3,363 ± 1,422 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Maine was Canada, the natal country of 8,685 Maine residents, followed by Philippines with 4,401 and Germany with 3,363.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2018 Citizenship

98%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.7% of Portland-South Portland, ME residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Portland-South Portland, ME was 98%, 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)

    492k ± 1.01k

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    11.2k ± 1.31k

  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    10.2k ± 2.04k

In 2018, there were 43.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (492k people) in Portland-South Portland, ME than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.2k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    13,322 ± 1,514

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,537 ± 1,150

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,254 ± 1,289

Portland-South Portland, ME has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.41 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Portland-South Portland, ME awarded 7,109 degrees. The student population of Portland-South Portland, ME is skewed towards women, with 10,876 male students and 19,098 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Portland-South Portland, ME are White (5,488 and 78%), followed by Unknown (677 and 9.62%), Black or African American (311 and 4.42%), and Asian (215 and 3.05%).

The largest universities in Portland-South Portland, ME by number of degrees awarded are University of New England (1,872 and 26.3%), University of Southern Maine (1,757 and 24.7%), and Southern Maine Community College (784 and 11%).

The most popular majors in Portland-South Portland, ME are Registered Nursing (442 and 6.22%), Social Work (389 and 5.47%), and General Business Administration & Management (364 and 5.12%).

The median tuition costs in Portland-South Portland, ME are $34,925 for private four year colleges, and $7,336 and $19,292 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 378 degrees awarded

  2. 179 degrees awarded

  3. 136 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Portland-South Portland, ME was Registered Nursing with 378 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,872 degrees awarded

  2. 1,757 degrees awarded

  3. 784 degrees awarded

$7,336

Median In-State Public

$34,925

Median Private

In 2017, the Portland-South Portland, ME institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of New England with 1,872 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,425

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,684

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,425 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Portland-South Portland, ME, which is 0.518 times less than the 4,684 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,488 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    677 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    311 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Portland-South Portland, ME were to White students. These 5,488 degrees mean that there were 8.11 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 677 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portland-South Portland, ME was $275,600 in 2018, which is 1.2 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $259,200 to $275,600, a 6.33% increase. The homeownership rate in Portland-South Portland, ME is 70.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Portland-South Portland, ME have an average commute time of 22.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Portland-South Portland, ME is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$275,600

2018 Median

± $5,474

$259,200

2017 Median

± $4,628

In 2018, the median property value in Portland-South Portland, ME grew to to $275,600 from the previous year's value of $259,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Portland-South Portland, ME compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portland-South Portland, ME the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$69,980

Median Household Income

± $2,307

228k

Number of Households

± 7,509

In 2018, the median household income of the 228k households in Portland-South Portland, ME grew to $69,980 from the previous year's value of $68,570.

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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Portland-South Portland, ME 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

70.4%

2018 Homeownership

73.2%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 70.4% of the housing units in Portland-South Portland, ME were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Portland-South Portland, ME compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portland-South Portland, ME have a shorter commute time (22.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.77% of the workforce in Portland-South Portland, ME have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.5%

  2. Carpooled

    8.15%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.03%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Portland-South Portland, ME was Drove Alone (77.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.15%) and those who Worked At Home (7.03%).

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Transportation

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, followed by 3 cars.

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