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 is part of the Hartford metropolitan statistical area.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,572
Male Share of the Population45.9%
Female Share of the Population54.1%
Senior Citizens22.1%
Employed Population 16+2,939
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married44.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.1%
Median Earnings25+$53,456
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree$50,607

Wealth

Median Family Income$107,083
% Above Poverty Level91.1%
% Below Poverty Level8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone37%
Median Gross Rent$1,084
Median House Value$225,300

Ancestry

Italian25.8%
Irish18.8%
Polish18.3%
German14.3%
English11.9%
French Except Basque10.8%
Swedish7.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)6.2%
Canadian4.7%
Scottish3.3%
Portuguese1.8%
Dutch1.2%
Finnish1.1%
Norwegian1.1%
Russian0.8%
Lithuanian0.8%
Austrian0.7%
West Indian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Bahamian0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Greek0.1%
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Portland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes06480
Phone Area Codes860
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.58
Approximate Longitude-72.62

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)

StationMIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance4.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.3 inches
StationMOUNT CARMEL
Distance18 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches
StationHARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance25 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches

Portland Public Libraries

Portland Public Library
20 FREESTONE AVE.
Portland, Connecticut
(860) 342-6770

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Portland Public Schools

Brownstone Intermediate School
314 Main Street
ZIP: 6480
Middle
Total Enrollment 214
Gildersleeve School
575 1/2 Main Street
ZIP: 6480
Primary
Total Enrollment 193
Portland High School
95 High Street
ZIP: 6480
High
Total Enrollment 369
Portland Middle School
95 High Street
ZIP: 6480
Middle
Total Enrollment 239
Valley View School
81 High Street
ZIP: 6480
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
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