Portland is a somewhat small town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 9,391 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Portland is the 101st largest community in Connecticut.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Portland is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Portland is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portland who work in healthcare (14.93%), sales jobs (12.66%), and office and administrative support (11.94%).
Also of interest is that Portland has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Portland is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Portland really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Portland perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
The education level of Portland ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Portland, 42.76% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Portland in 2010 was $45,534, which is upper middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $182,136 for a family of four. However, Portland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Portland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portland residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Portland include Irish, Polish, English, and German.
The most common language spoken in Portland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.