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Portland, Michigan
Nickname(s): 
City of Two Rivers
Location of Portland, Michigan
Location of Portland, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ionia
Area
 • Total 2.77 sq mi (7.18 km2)
 • Land 2.63 sq mi (6.81 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
Elevation
725 ft (221 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,883
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,948
 • Density 1,501.71/sq mi (579.73/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
48875
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-65860
GNIS feature ID 0635311

Portland is a city in Ionia County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,883 at the 2010 census. The city is situated in the south central portion of Portland Township and is known as the "City of Two Rivers" since it is the confluence of the Grand River and the Looking Glass River. Portland is home to Portland Public Schools and Portland Saint Patrick Catholic School and has been a Main Street Community since 2003.

History

According to government records, the first land that was owned in what is now known as Portland was owned by Elisha Newman in 1833. The first post office arrived in 1837. The first train arrived in Portland in 1869. Portland has been home to several Native American tribes, and was the dwelling-place of John Okemos in the 1850s. He is buried near Portland.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.78 square miles (7.20 km2), of which 2.64 square miles (6.84 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,060
1880 1,670 57.5%
1890 1,678 0.5%
1900 1,874 11.7%
1910 1,832 −2.2%
1920 1,899 3.7%
1930 1,902 0.2%
1940 2,247 18.1%
1950 2,807 24.9%
1960 3,330 18.6%
1970 3,817 14.6%
1980 3,963 3.8%
1990 3,889 −1.9%
2000 3,789 −2.6%
2010 3,883 2.5%
2019 (est.) 3,948 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,883 people, 1,640 households, and 1,039 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,470.8 inhabitants per square mile (567.9/km2). There were 1,797 housing units at an average density of 680.7 per square mile (262.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 1,640 households, of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 35.6 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.8% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

Points of Interest

Portland Riverwalk

Verlen Kruger Statue

Portland Library

Portland Civic Players

Portland Band Shell

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