Introduction to Portland, Indiana

Portland, Indiana, in Jay county, is 27 miles NE of Muncie, Indiana and 77 miles NE of Indianapolis, Indiana. About 6,437 people live in Portland.

Portland History

Portland is the county seat of Jay County. The county was formed in 1836 and named in honor of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States. He was also the Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Articles of Confederation. Portland was home to Leon Ames, founder of Screen Actors Guild; Elwood Haynes, inventor of the clutch driven automobile, and Mary Meeker, an investment banker.

Portland and nearby Attractions

  • Limberlost State Historic Site
  • Greenville City Park
  • Duart Castle
  • Parker City Park
  • Mercer County Historical Museum

Things To Do In Portland

Duart Castle, Torosay Castle and the Museum of the Soldier are all accessible Portland. Local parks include Parker City Park and North Park. The Jay County Heritage Festival, Winter Fest and the Gathering of Great Lakes Nations are popular local festivals.

Portland Transportation

Fort Wayne International is the nearest major airport.

Portland Higher Education

Ball State University, Ivy Tech State College-East Central, Indiana Wesleyan University and Anderson University are the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 6,201
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,772
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,049
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,839
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,556


Median Family Income $47,897
% Above Poverty Level 84.4%
% Below Poverty Level 15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $553
Median House Value $69,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.1%
US/American 0%
English 10.2%
Irish 8.8%

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

Portland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles NE of Muncie, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 77 miles NE of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Jay
Standard Zip Codes 47371
Phone Area Codes 260
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.434
Longitude -84.977

Portland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station BLUFFTON 1 N
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Portland, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Antiville (47371)

Bellefountain (47371)

Blaine (47371)

Bluff Point (47371)

Boundry (47371)

Brice (47371)

College Corner (47371)

Collett (47371)

Como (47371)

Liber (47371)

New Mount Pleasant (47371)

Noble (47371)

Powers (47371)

Westchester (47371)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bryant 252 $47,500
Geneva 1,407 $48,897
Pennville 769 $40,714
Redkey 1,456 $43,625
Ridgeville 590 $46,071
Salamonia 232 $35,625

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

Portland Public Libraries

Jay County Pl
Portland, Indiana
(260) 726-7890
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Portland High Schools

2072 W SR 67
Serves 1,087 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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