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|People QuickFacts||South Portland||Maine|
|Population, 2013 estimate||25,255||1,328,302|
|Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base||25,002||1,328,361|
|Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013||1.0%||0.0%|
|Persons under 5 years, percent, 2010||5.9%||5.2%|
|Persons under 18 years, percent, 2010||20.4%||20.7%|
|Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2010||13.6%||15.9%|
|Female persons, percent, 2010||52.3%||51.1%|
|White alone, percent, 2010 (a)||91.1%||95.2%|
|Black or African American alone, percent, 2010 (a)||2.1%||1.2%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2010 (a)||0.3%||0.6%|
|Asian alone, percent, 2010 (a)||3.8%||1.0%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2010 (a)||Z||0.0%|
|Two or More Races, percent, 2010||2.0%||1.6%|
|Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2010 (b)||2.2%||1.3%|
|White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2010||90.0%||94.4%|
|Living in same house 1 year & over, percent, 2009-2013||81.1%||86.4%|
|Foreign born persons, percent, 2009-2013||6.5%||3.4%|
|Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2009-2013||9.1%||6.8%|
|High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2009-2013||95.3%||91.1%|
|Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2009-2013||38.6%||27.9%|
|Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2009-2013||18.5||23.3|
|Housing units, 2010||11,484||721,830|
|Homeownership rate, 2009-2013||59.8%||71.8%|
|Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2009-2013||38.7%||19.2%|
|Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2009-2013||$219,800||$174,500|
|Persons per household, 2009-2013||2.29||2.33|
|Per capita money income in past 12 months (2013 dollars), 2009-2013||$30,010||$26,824|
|Median household income, 2009-2013||$52,839||$48,453|
|Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009-2013||12.3%||13.6%|
|Business QuickFacts||South Portland||Maine|
|Total number of firms, 2007||2,771||150,389|
|Black-owned firms, percent, 2007||F||0.5%|
|American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms, percent, 2007||F||0.5%|
|Asian-owned firms, percent, 2007||1.8%||0.7%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms, percent, 2007||F||0.0%|
|Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2007||F||0.7%|
|Women-owned firms, percent, 2007||27.1%||25.6%|
|Manufacturers shipments, 2007 ($1000)||298,009||16,363,192|
|Merchant wholesaler sales, 2007 ($1000)||1,108,449||8,823,719|
|Retail sales, 2007 ($1000)||1,069,641||20,444,031|
|Retail sales per capita, 2007||$44,922||$15,520|
|Accommodation and food services sales, 2007 ($1000)||137,598||2,515,827|
|Geography QuickFacts||South Portland||Maine|
|Land area in square miles, 2010||11.98||30,842.92|
|Persons per square mile, 2010||2,086.1||43.1|