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Portal, Georgia
Location in Bulloch County and the state of Georgia
Location in Bulloch County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Bulloch
Area
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Land 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
295 ft (90 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 638
 • Density 302/sq mi (116.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30450
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-62216
GNIS feature ID 0332735

Portal is a town in Bulloch County, Georgia, United States. The mayor is Billy Boggs. The population was 638 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Portal is located at 32°32′14″N 81°55′54″W / 32.53722°N 81.93167°W / 32.53722; -81.93167 (32.537275, -81.931738).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km2), of which 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 2.99%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 374
1940 556 48.7%
1950 532 −4.3%
1960 494 −7.1%
1970 643 30.2%
1980 694 7.9%
1990 522 −24.8%
2000 597 14.4%
2010 638 6.9%
Est. 2015 617 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 597 people, 232 households, and 167 families residing in the town. The population density was 343.1 people per square mile (132.5/km²). There were 255 housing units at an average density of 146.0 per square mile (56.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 82.24% White, 15.24% African American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 232 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,268, and the median income for a family was $34,000. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,514. About 8.2% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Myths and legends

  • Black panthers - Many believe the area to be home to large black panthers. This was adopted for the Portal Middle/High mascot.
  • "Stink Eye" Willy - An abandoned farm house on Banks Dairy Road is said to be haunted by local legend Stink Eye Willy, a farmer from 1943 who died shortly after being sprayed in the face by a skunk.
  • Jimmy - a dude named Jimmy who fell out of a barn.
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