Introduction to Portland, Tennessee

Portland, Tennessee, in Sumner county, is 32 miles NE of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is part of the Nashville metropolitan statistical area. About 8,458 people live in Portland.

Portland History

Portland was founded by the James Gwin family in 1792. The first school of the area was built in 1846. The city was originally known as Richland. The Louisville & Nashville railroad was the first to enter the area, when it built a train depot here in 1859. Thomas Buntin was the first postmaster of Richland. The city was renamed Portland on April 10, 1888. It was incorporated in April of 1904.

Portland and nearby Attractions

  • Cold Springs Museum
  • Kenny Perry's Country Creek Golf Course
  • Trousdale Place
  • Bledsoe Creek State Park
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Tennessee State Museum

Things To Do In Portland

While in Portland, one can visit Meadowbrook Park or Portland City Park. The Cold Springs Museum provides insight into the history of the area. The Adventure Science Center, the Tennessee State Museum, the National Corvette Museum, the Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science and the Kentucky Museum are all nearby as well. Golfers can enjoy a round at Kenny Perry's Country Creek Golf Course, while the Bledsoe Creek State Park offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation.

Portland Transportation

Nashville International is the nearest major airport.

Portland Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Volunteer State Community College, Vanderbilt University and Western Kentucky University.


Total Population 11,963
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,505
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.6%
Median Earnings25+ $30,620
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,779
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,899


Median Family Income $57,532
% Above Poverty Level 85.2%
% Below Poverty Level 14.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 21.2%
Median Gross Rent $819
Median House Value $131,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.2%
US/American 0.9%
English 7.3%
Irish 14.3%

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

Portland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 32 miles NE of Nashville, Tennessee
County Sumner
Metro Area Nashville
Standard Zip Codes 37148
Phone Area Codes 615
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.581
Longitude -86.516

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 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 43 F
Apr Temp 47 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 70 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 90 F
Oct Temp 44 to 72 F
Annual Precip 54.4 inches
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 47 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 56.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cross Plains 1,928 $68,438
Gallatin 32,518 $59,698
Mitchellville 153 $43,750
Orlinda 1,016 $55,417
Westmoreland 2,003 $49,188
White House 10,810 $82,004

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

Portland Public Libraries

Elmer Hinton Memorial Public Library
Portland, Tennessee
(615) 325-2279

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