13 Facts About South Portland


South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, and is the fourth-largest city in the state, incorporated in 1898.

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South Portland is a principal city of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford metropolitan area.

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South Portland was first colonized in 1630, and it grew to become a small residential community with many farms.

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In 1858, the City of South Portland purchased land near the Fore River for the Forest City Cemetery.

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Three years later South Portland became a city, destined to receive its drinking water, like Portland, from Sebago Lake, while Cape Elizabeth used wells or other local sources.

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On South Portland's waterfront is Fort Preble, which is a military fort established in 1808 to protect Portland Harbor.

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South Portland was voted one of the best places to live in Maine in 2018.

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South Portland is bordered by Portland to the north, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough to the south, and Westbrook to the west.

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South Portland has two private schools: Holy Cross School, which is a Roman Catholic K–8 school, and Greater Portland Christian School, which is a non-denominational Christian K–12 school.

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The South Portland Sentry offers a free newspaper that covers the city's events and news.

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Media coverage for South Portland is provided by Portland's television stations, radio stations, and periodicals.

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Home to the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line, millions of barrels of oil are shipped to South Portland each year, which is a major portion of the inbound tonnage entering the Port of Portland.

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One of the main features of South Portland is the historic Greenbelt walkway, which is a three-mile paved trail that crosses through several neighborhoods and provides views of the harbor.

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