Welcome! We're very proud of our community and are delighted that you've shown interest by visiting the official community web site of Portland, Tennessee.
Any time is a good time to visit Portland, but the month of May is an especially good time to visit because that's when we have our annual Strawberry Festival. This event goes back to the early 1940s when strawberries were the mainstay of our area, and we still draw a crowd to the Strawberry Parade and all the other festivities.
Portland is a rural community of 10,046 residents, located in northern middle Tennessee, just five miles south of Kentucky and 35 miles north of Nashville, the State Capital.
Since Interstate 65 is only five miles west of us, our economy has become a very industrial one, though there are still beautiful agricultural areas surrounding our city, with gently rolling hills, pastures and crops. Our area offers affordable housing, many fine churches and civic organizations, great schools, and excellent parks and recreational facilities. There are job opportunities and 10,046 fine folks!
Although we have a somewhat rural setting, we are only a half-hour away from bustling Nashville (known as the "Athens of the South"), where one can find the Titans, a professional football team; the Predators, a professional hockey team; the Metros, a professional soccer team; the Gaylord Entertainment Center; the Grand Ole Opry; the Tennessee Performing Arts Center; the Nashville Symphony; the Frist Center; Vanderbilt University; major shopping malls and numerous fine restaurants. This gives us easy access to cultural and entertainment opportunities, yet allows us a rural, small-town life-style for our homes and families.
Among our distinguished residents, both past and present, are Country Music artists Ronnie McDowell and Roy Drusky; basketball superstar Corey Brewer, nationally recognized scientist and inventor, Samuel Collins; renowned authors Opie Read, Rebecca Caudill, and bestselling author Byron Edwards; national award-winning school teacher, Sandra Miller; and state renowned Tennessean columnist and author, Elmer Hinton.
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