Introduction to Portland, Texas

Portland, Texas, in San Patricio county, is 6 miles NE of Corpus Christi, Texas. The city is part of the Corpus Christi metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 14,827 people people live in Portland.

Portland History

Portland was the dream of John G. Willacy who purchased 1,920 acres of land in the area from the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company in 1891. He then proceeded to sell plots of land to people interested in settling there. A twenty-room hotel was built to serve as a resting place for prospective buyers. The attempt met with huge success and settlers flocked to the city of Portland from various locations. The city, however, was not officially incorporated until 1949.

Portland and nearby Attractions

  • Temple Public Library
  • Portland Church of the Nazarene
  • Bayside Park
  • Sunset Lake
  • San Patricio Memorial Gardens
  • Texas State Aquarium

Things To Do In Portland

Tourists can unwind in the peaceful atmosphere of Temple Public Library with a good book in hand. Bayside Park allows tourists to spend a quiet day in the arms of nature. Tourists can also enjoy long walks along Sunset Lake. Texas State Aquarium, located approximately six miles away from the city, has a great collection of marine species of animals. Portland Church of the Nazarene and San Patricio Memorial Gardens cemetery are known for their quaint architecture and serene ambience.

Portland Transportation

Air transportation facilities are offered by Corpus Christi International Airport.

Portland Higher Education

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College provide higher education to the residents of Portland.


Total Population 15,420
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,095
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 58.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.6%
Median Earnings25+ $41,278
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,072
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,667


Median Family Income $73,797
% Above Poverty Level 91.5%
% Below Poverty Level 8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 19.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,053
Median House Value $139,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.3%
Irish 7.5%

Portland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles NE of Corpus Christi, Texas
County San Patricio
Metro Area Corpus Christi
Standard Zip Codes 78374
Phone Area Codes 361
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.876
Longitude -97.323

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 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 51 to 65 F
Apr Temp 67 to 80 F
Jul Temp 79 to 92 F
Oct Temp 70 to 83 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Station SINTON
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 64 F
Apr Temp 61 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 62 to 82 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 61 to 80 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 61 to 84 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aransas Pass 8,287 $46,641
Corpus Christi 312,680 $57,467
Gregory 2,096 $48,971
Ingleside 9,468 $68,551

Portland Public Libraries

Bell/whittington Public Library
Portland, Texas
(361) 777-0921

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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