Portland, Texas

Coordinates: 27°52′59″N 97°19′14″W / 27.88306°N 97.32056°W / 27.88306; -97.32056
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Portland, Texas
Nickname: 
Gem City By the Gulf
Location of Portland, Texas
Location of Portland, Texas
Coordinates: 27°52′59″N 97°19′14″W / 27.88306°N 97.32056°W / 27.88306; -97.32056
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountiesSan Patricio, Nueces
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorCathy Skurow
 • City ManagerRandy Wright
Area
 • Total15.14 sq mi (39.22 km2)
 • Land12.49 sq mi (32.35 km2)
 • Water2.65 sq mi (6.87 km2)
Elevation
43 ft (13 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total15,099
 • Estimate 
(2020)[2]
22,295
 • Density1,382.55/sq mi (533.80/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
78374
Area code361
FIPS code48-58904[3]
GNIS feature ID1344378[4]
Websitewww.portlandtx.com

Portland is a city primarily located in San Patricio County with some water bodies extending into Nueces County in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population was 20,383 as of the 2020 United States census. Current population calculated by the City of Portland is 22,620. Portland is a suburb of Corpus Christi, located on the north shore of Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays.

Geography[edit]

Portland is located at 27°52′59″N 97°19′14″W / 27.88306°N 97.32056°W / 27.88306; -97.32056 (27.883117, –97.320466).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 sq mi (24.9 km2), of which 7.0 sq mi (18.1 km2) are land and 2.6 sq mi (6.8 km2) (27.44%) are covered by water. The city is roughly equidistant from Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon.[6] In 2014 and 2015, the city annexed an additional 1.27 sq mi, bringing the total area to 10.87 sq mi.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
19501,202
19602,538111.1%
19707,302187.7%
198012,02364.7%
199012,2241.7%
200014,82721.3%
201015,0991.8%
202020,38335.0%

2020 census[edit]

Portland racial composition[8]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 10,095 49.53%
Black or African American (NH) 353 1.73%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 88 0.43%
Asian (NH) 571 2.8%
Pacific Islander (NH) 39 0.19%
Some Other Race (NH) 80 0.39%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 674 3.31%
Hispanic or Latino 8,483 41.62%
Total 20,383

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 20,383 people, 6,136 households, and 4,639 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, 14,827 people, 5,021 households, and 4,051 families were residing in the city. The population density was 2,125.5 people/sq mi (820.2/km2). The 5,351 housing units averaged 767.1sq mi (296.0/km2).

In 2017, the Texas Demographic Center estimated the population at 21,619.[11]

Of the 5,021 households, 47.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were not families. About 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94, and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city, the age distribution was 32.6% under 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $48,574, and for a family was $52,220. Males had a median income of $37,316 versus $25,722 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,871. About 5.8% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

The original 640-acre townsite of Portland was purchased by John G. Willacy in 1890. In 1891, Willacy sold the land to the Portland (Maine) Harbor and Improvement Co. Portland is situated on the second-highest bluff on the Gulf Coast, and overlooks both Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays.

Education[edit]

Gregory-Portland High School

Portland's public education is provided by Gregory-Portland Independent School District, made up of W. C. Andrews Elementary (grades K–5), T. M. Clark Elementary, East Cliff Elementary, Stephen F. Austin Elementary (in Gregory), Gregory-Portland Middle School (grade 6–8),and Gregory-Portland High (grades 9–12) Schools.

Crime[edit]

In 2010, Portland had a crime index lower than the U.S. average and half that of Texas.[12][13]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ Bradfield, Bill; Bradfield, Clare (1998). Muleshoe and More. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 156. ISBN 9780884158653.
  7. ^ "Portland City Council Agenda". City of Portland Official Website.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  9. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  10. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  11. ^ "Texas Demographic Center" (PDF). Texas Demographic Center. June 2018.
  12. ^ "Portland, TX Crime and Crime Rate". USA.com. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  13. ^ "Press Statements - Olgin/Chapa Murder Investigation". Portland, Tx. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  14. ^ Internet Movie Database: John Mitchell "Mitch" Morris Bio
  15. ^ Internet Movie Database: Vince Vieluf Bio
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[9][10]

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