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Overview

Introduction to Portland, Indiana

Portland, Indiana, in Jay county, is 27 miles NE of Muncie, Indiana and 77 miles NE of Indianapolis, Indiana.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,225
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens17.3%
Employed Population 16+2,759
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married44%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7%
Median Earnings25+$25,641
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,123
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,298

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,217
% Above Poverty Level84.3%
% Below Poverty Level15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone36.9%
Median Gross Rent$570
Median House Value$69,300

Ancestry

German20.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.8%
English9.6%
Irish8.6%
Dutch3.2%
Polish2.1%
Scottish1.2%
French Except Basque1%
Swedish0.9%
Swiss0.7%
Italian0.6%
Welsh0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
African0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Portland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jay County
Standard Zip Codes47371
Phone Area Codes260
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude40.43
Approximate Longitude-84.98

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)

StationFARMLAND 5 NNW
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp15 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
StationPORTLAND 1 SW
Distance16.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip37.2 inches
StationBLUFFTON 1 N
Distance24 miles
Jan Temp16 to 30 F
Apr Temp40 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bryant281$51,250
Geneva1,628$47,750
Pennville794$43,036
Redkey1,490$40,179
Ridgeville531$45,395
Salamonia221$37,500

Portland Public Libraries

Jay County Public Library
315 NORTH SHIP STREET
Portland, Indiana
(260) 726-7890

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Portland Hospitals

Jay County Hospital
(Government - Local)
500 W Votaw St
(260) 726-7131

Portland Public Schools

East Elementary School
705 E Tallman St
ZIP: 47371
(260) 726-9418
Primary
Total Enrollment 259
East Jay County Middle School
225 E Water St
ZIP: 47371
(260) 726-9371
Middle
Total Enrollment 552
General Shanks Elem School
414 Floral Ave
ZIP: 47371
(260) 726-8868
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Jay County High School
2072 W Sr 67
ZIP: 47371
(260) 726-9306
High
Total Enrollment 1118
Judge Haynes Elementary Sch
800 High St
ZIP: 47371
(260) 726-8890
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
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