Portland, Texas

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Portland, Texas
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Gem City By the Gulf
Location of Portland, Texas
Coordinates: 27°52′59″N 97°19′14″W / 27.88306°N 97.32056°W / 27.88306; -97.32056Coordinates: 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
 • MayorDavid Krebs
 • City ManagerMike Tanner
Area
 • Total9.6 sq mi (24.9 km2)
 • Land7.0 sq mi (18.1 km2)
 • Water2.6 sq mi (6.8 km2)
Elevation43 ft (13 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total15,099
 • Density2,125.5/sq mi (820.7/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code78374
Area code(s)361
FIPS code48-58904[1]
GNIS feature ID1344378[2]
Websitewww.portlandtx.com
 
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Portland, Texas
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Gem City By the Gulf
Location of Portland, Texas
Coordinates: 27°52′59″N 97°19′14″W / 27.88306°N 97.32056°W / 27.88306; -97.32056Coordinates: 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
 • MayorDavid Krebs
 • City ManagerMike Tanner
Area
 • Total9.6 sq mi (24.9 km2)
 • Land7.0 sq mi (18.1 km2)
 • Water2.6 sq mi (6.8 km2)
Elevation43 ft (13 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total15,099
 • Density2,125.5/sq mi (820.7/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code78374
Area code(s)361
FIPS code48-58904[1]
GNIS feature ID1344378[2]
Websitewww.portlandtx.com

Portland is a city in Nueces and San Patricio Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 15,099 at the 2010 census.

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Geography

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)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²). 7.0 square miles (18.1 km²) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²) of it (27.44%) is water.

Area attractions

Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop.
19501,202
19602,538111.1%
19707,302187.7%
198012,02364.7%
199012,2241.7%
200014,82721.3%
201015,0991.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 14,827 people, 5,021 households, and 4,051 families residing in the city . The population density was 2,125.5 people per square mile (820.2/km²). There were 5,351 housing units at an average density of 767.1 per square mile (296.0/km²).

There were 5,021 households out of which 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 non-families. 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 population was 32.6% under the age of 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 years of age 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 the median income 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

The 640 acre original townsite of Portland was purchased by John G. Willacy in 1890. In 1891, Willacy sold the land to the Portland (Maine) Harbor & Improvement Co. A map was filed at the County Courthouse and Portland was official as the "Gem City of the Gulf." Portland is situated on the second highest bluff on the Gulf Coast and overlooks the dancing waves of both Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays. Golfing, birding, kite surfing, hike/bike trails, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, skate boarding are all activities that Portland offers. Sunset Lake Park, a natural wetlands habitat and ideal bird nesting territory, sports a 2.1-mile hike-bike trail that weaves between the ponds and the lake. Indian Point Park, complete with a fishing pier and wade-in beach, is the fisherman's spot of choice and bird feeding area. Portland's Indian Point Wetlands is site #73 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Violet Andrews Park, a wildlife preserve with a quarter-mile hike/bike trail overlooking Corpus Christi Bay, is a kite surfer's heaven. The terrain's natural slope into the water provides for easy access into the bay and outdoor showers are available. Fred Jones Bird Sanctuary is botanically rich hot-spot for birders and # 74 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The native vegetation is an island amidst cultivated fields and acts like a magnet to draw in migratory birds. Portland also has a Community Sport Complex and as of June 2005 a competition and recreational aquatic center.

Education

Portland's compulsory education is a result of the existence of Gregory-Portland Independent School District made up of W. C. Blunt Elementary School (K-4), T. M. Clark Elementary School (K-4), East Cliff Elementary School (K-4), Gregory-Portland Intermediate School (5-6), and Gregory-Portland High School (9-12).

Crime

In 2010, Portland, TX had a Crime Index lower than the US average and half that of Texas despite violent occurrences that made national news.[4][5] In 2012, Portland, TX had a murder trial that was widely spread throughout the news due to the homosexual nature of those killed. .[6][7]

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Portland, TX Crime and Crime Rate". USA.com. http://www.usa.com/portland-tx-crime-and-crime-rate.htm. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Press Statements - Olgin/Chapa Murder Investigation". Portland, Tx. http://www.portlandtx.com/index.aspx?NID=376. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Portland, TX Crime and Crime Rate". USA.com. http://www.usa.com/portland-tx-crime-and-crime-rate.htm. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Press Statements - Olgin/Chapa Murder Investigation". Portland, Tx. http://www.portlandtx.com/index.aspx?NID=376. Retrieved 18 September 2012.

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