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Welcome to Portland ...

The coastal city of Portland is located in Cumberland County<1> and is the County Seat for Cumberland County.

When the people of Portland refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Portlander<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Portland has a population of 66,215 people<3> (see below for details).

Portland was established in 1632.

The community of Portland is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: Portland lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Portland lies within the (207) area code.

The ZIP codes for Portland: 04101-04104, 04109, 04112, 04122-04124<5>

Websites for Portland ...

Official Website:   www.ci.portland.me.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.portlandregion.com/

Junior League:   www.jlpmaine.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Portland had an population of 66,215 people (or an increase of 3.06% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Portland had a population of 66,194 people (which is 23.5% of the total population of Cumberland County). This makes Portland the county's most populous community.

The population of Portland represents 4.98% of the population of Maine (which has 1,328,361 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 66,194 people, the population of Portland increased 3.03% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 64,249 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Portland.

Adding Portland to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Portland in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Portland elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Portland on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Portland ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 32 communities that are also named Portland - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado (2), Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (3), Michigan, Missouri, New York (2), Newfoundland and Labrador, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Portland.

Communities near Portland ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Portland.

  • Biddeford [York County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Biddeford
    • Biddeford [York County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southwest of Portland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 21,504 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Biddeford
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Biddeford<7>
  • Scarborough [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scarborough
    • Scarborough [Cumberland County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Portland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 20,991 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scarborough have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scarborough
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scarborough<7>
  • Saco [York County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saco
    • Saco [York County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Portland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 19,964 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saco
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saco<7>
  • Windham [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windham
    • Windham [Cumberland County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Portland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 18,540 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Windham have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windham
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Windham<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Gorham [Cumberland County]
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      • Gorham [Cumberland County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the west of Portland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 17,978 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gorham have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gorham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gorham<7>
    • Standish [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Standish
      • Standish [Cumberland County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the west of Portland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,099 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Standish have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Standish
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Standish<7>
    • Cape Elizabeth [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cape Elizabeth
      • Cape Elizabeth [Cumberland County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the south of Portland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,304 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cape Elizabeth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cape Elizabeth<7>
    • Old Orchard Beach [York County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Orchard Beach
      • Old Orchard Beach [York County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Portland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,015 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Orchard Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Orchard Beach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Old Orchard Beach<7>
    • Yarmouth [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yarmouth
      • Yarmouth [Cumberland County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the north of Portland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,589 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yarmouth have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yarmouth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yarmouth<7>
    • Freeport [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeport
      • Freeport [Cumberland County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Portland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,558 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeport have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freeport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Freeport<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Portland. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Portland.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Portland. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Portland.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Portland. Our list includes 263 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Portland.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Portland ...

Looking for more information about Portland? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Portland, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Portland.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Maine

About Cumberland County

About Maine

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Portland: www.ci.portland.me.us/

The official website for Cumberland County: www.cumberlandcounty.org/

The official website for State of Maine: https://www.maine.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Maine's counties, including Cumberland, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Portland refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Portland may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Portland.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Portland - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Portland). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Portland or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Portland includes: 04101, 4102, 4103, 04109, 04112, 04122, 4123 & 04124.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portland) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Portland. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Portland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.6616, Longitude: -70.2554    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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