Portland, Arkansas

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Portland, Arkansas
Location of Portland in Ashley County, Arkansas.
Location of Portland in Ashley County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 33°14′12″N 91°30′42″W / 33.23667°N 91.51167°W / 33.23667; -91.51167Coordinates: 33°14′12″N 91°30′42″W / 33.23667°N 91.51167°W / 33.23667; -91.51167
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.08 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Land1.08 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
125 ft (38 m)
 • Total430
 • Estimate 
 • Density371.06/sq mi (143.33/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)870
FIPS code05-56750
GNIS feature ID0058412

Portland is a town[3] in Ashley County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 430 at the 2010 census.[4] Portland was first settled in the 1830s, and named for its early status as a steamboat port. It was incorporated in 1893.[5]


Portland is located at 33°14′12″N 91°30′42″W / 33.23667°N 91.51167°W / 33.23667; -91.51167 (33.236791, -91.511539).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.[4]

Portland is located on north-south U.S. Route 165 at the junction with State Highway 160.

Points of interest[edit]

The historic Dean House and Pugh House were designed by architect Charles L. Thompson. Both are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2017400[2]−7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 552 people, 213 households, and 152 families residing in the city. The population density was 511.1 people per square mile (197.3/km²). There were 247 housing units at an average density of 228.7/sq mi (88.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.62% White, 42.93% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.91% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 2.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 213 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,036, and the median income for a family was $32,375. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $20,446 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,094. About 14.5% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over.


Public education is provided to elementary and secondary school students by the Hamburg School District leading to graduation from Hamburg High School.

The Portland School District merged into the Hamburg district on July 1, 1984.[9]

Notable residents[edit]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Portland has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[11]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, retrieved January 12, 2018
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Portland city, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  5. ^ DeArmond-Huskey, Rebecca (2017). "Portland (Ashley County)". CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "ConsolidationAnnex_from_1983.xls." Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on July 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Reichler, Joseph L., ed. (1979) [1969]. The Baseball Encyclopedia (4th ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8.
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Portland, Arkansas