Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,539
Male Share of the Population46.6%
Female Share of the Population53.4%
Senior Citizens9.9%
Employed Population 16+6,164
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married46.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.2%
Median Earnings25+$31,932
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,469
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,961

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,551
% Above Poverty Level85.7%
% Below Poverty Level14.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone22.2%
Median Gross Rent$844
Median House Value$135,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.8%
Irish14.1%
German11%
English7.5%
Italian2.7%
Scottish2.1%
French Except Basque1.1%
Polish0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Czech0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Russian0.2%
African0.1%
Greek0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Basque0.1%
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Portland Almanac

CategoryValue
CountySumner County
Standard Zip Codes37148
Phone Area Codes615
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude36.58
Approximate Longitude-86.51

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)

StationPORTLAND SEWAGE PLANT
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp26 to 43 F
Apr Temp47 to 68 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp48 to 70 F
Annual Precip53.2 inches
StationLEBANON
Distance26.5 miles
Jan Temp24 to 46 F
Apr Temp44 to 70 F
Jul Temp66 to 90 F
Oct Temp44 to 72 F
Annual Precip54.4 inches
StationLAFAYETTE
Distance27.2 miles
Jan Temp28 to 47 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip56.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cross Plains1,769$68,676
Gallatin36,139$65,662
Mitchellville163$41,250
Orlinda997$74,464
Westmoreland2,603$52,000
White House11,513$79,926

Portland Public Libraries

Portland Public Library Of Sumner County
301 PORTLAND BOULEVARD
Portland, Tennessee
(615) 325-2279

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Portland Hospitals

Tennessee Christian Med. Ctr.-portland
(Non-profit)
Satellite Of Tn Christian Medical Center
(615) 325-7301

Portland Public Schools

Clyde Riggs Elementary
211 Fountain Head Rd
ZIP: 37148
(615) 325-2391
Primary
Total Enrollment 236
J W Wiseman Elementary
922 South Broadway
ZIP: 37148
(615) 325-8580
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Portland East Middle School
604 South Broadway
ZIP: 37148
(615) 325-4146
Middle
Total Enrollment 359
Portland Gateview Elementary School
1098 Gateview Dr
ZIP: 37148
(615) 323-7638
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Portland High School
600 College St
ZIP: 37148
(615) 325-9201
High
Total Enrollment 1135
Portland West Middle School
110 Nolan Private Dr
ZIP: 37148
(615) 325-8066
Middle
Total Enrollment 528
Watt Hardison Elementary
300 Gibson St
ZIP: 37148
(615) 325-3233
Primary
Total Enrollment 489

Portland Private Schools

Highland Elementary School
234 Highland Circle Dr
ZIP: 37148
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
Portland Montessori Academy
613 College St
ZIP: 37148
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
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