The most populated city in San Patricio County, Portland – population 15,099 – boasts more housing, commercial development and modern amenities than the other eight communities. Gregory-Portland ISD schools rank among the best in the area, in both academics and athletics, and Northshore Country Club provides access to an 18-hole golf course and pro shop. Portland is praised for its business-friendly policies, but is best known for its breathtaking sunsets and sunrises on the beach.
Portland Chamber of Commerce: http://www.portlandtx.org/
Shopping, Dining and & Services
Portland is home to a Wal-Mart, Academy, Chile’s, Starbucks, and a large selection of other eateries both dine-in and fast food. In addition to big box retailers, the city is speckled with local business offering fine merchandise and services ranging from auto repair; hair, body and nail shops; clothing and apparel boutiques; child care facilities, sports and recreation, legal services, medical centers including doctors’ offices, full emergency and minor emergency centers, and much more.
Quality of Life
Residents and visitors of Portland enjoy a laid back environment, perfect for a fishing excursion, raising a family or both! The area caters perfectly to those who enjoy a suburban lifestyle while maintaining ties to the water and city life. With several public parks and piers, residents enjoy the luxuries of close-knit neighborhoods and quick access to wide open waters for fishing, sailing, windsurfing and other recreational and extreme water sports. Residents proudly support the Gregroy-Portland Wildcat football team, which regularly makes long playoff runs. Portland Chamber of Commerce – www.portlandtx.org.
The City of Portland is by far the most populated city in San Patricio County. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 15,099, approximately 21.94% of the county’s total population.
- Median Household Income: $66,209
- Per Capita Income: $27,907
As of the 2013 school year, there were 4,488 students enrolled at GPISD. It is the largest school district in San Patricio County serving both the communities of Portland and Gregory. The University Interscholastic League classifies the district as 4A (A-5A). The school colors are red and blue, and the school mascot is the Wildcat.
The Gregory-Portland ISD “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) – which is one of the ways schools in Texas are evaluated. All campuses located within the City of Portland “Met Standard.”
The average class size ranges from 19.2 - 20.9 students at the elementary level and 18.2 – 22.6 students at the secondary level.
The district employs 518 people including 263 teachers, 14 campus administrators and 6 central office administrators, 38 supportive professionals and 56 teacher aides.
- 69.4 % of teachers hold bachelor’s degrees
- 30.3 % hold masters degrees.
Most teachers in the district (31.6 %) have 11-20 years teaching experience. See chart below:
Labor force: 7,557
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%