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Overview

Introduction to Portland, Connecticut

Portland, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 8 miles E of Meriden, Connecticut (center to center) and 90 miles NE of New York, New York. The town, which is part of the Hartford metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 8,732 residents.

Portland History

The Portland area was originally inhabited by Wangunk tribes. Europeans first arrived in Portland around 1690 and settled here because they were attracted by the huge repository of brownstone, used for construction as well as gravestones. Till 1841, the town was a part of Chatham. The town derives its name from Portland, England a place well-known for its freestone quarries. By late 19th century, quarrying became the town's major industry.

Portland and nearby Attractions

  • Meshomasic State Forest
  • American Clock & Watch Museum
  • Gillette Castle
  • Barnes Museum
  • Eli Whitney Gun Factory
  • Bushnell Park

Things To Do In Portland

Local museums including the American Clock & Watch Museum, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, and the Barnes Museum provide insight into the history of the town. Tourists may visit the historic Gillette Castle which overlooks the Connecticut River. The mansion was built by William Gillette, known for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Homes. Tourists can also visit the numerous parks. The area is well known for the Meshomasic State Forest, built in 1903. The town's oldest church is the First Congregational Church.

Portland Transportation

Bradley International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Portland Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Wesleyan University, Central Connecticut State University, and Trinity College.

People

Total Population 5,619
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 22.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,838
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 47.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $83,529
% Above Poverty Level 89.9%
% Below Poverty Level 10.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $969
Median House Value $230,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8%
US/American 0%
English 14.5%
Irish 24%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Portland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles E of Meriden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles NE of New York, New York
County Middlesex
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06480
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.572
Longitude -72.641

Portland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
Station MOUNT CARMEL
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Station HARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Portland Public Libraries

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Portland Public Library
20 FREESTONE AVE.
Portland, Connecticut
(860) 342-6770
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95 HIGH STREET
860-342-1720
Serves 300 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

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