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Portal, Georgia

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Country  United States
County  Bulloch
FIPS code  13-62216
Elevation  90 m
Population  617 (2013)
Area code  912
State  Georgia
Time zone  Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID  0332735
Zip code  30450
Local time  Friday 10:02 AM
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Weather  14°C, Wind NW at 5 km/h, 80% Humidity
Area  5.698 km² (5.439 km² Land / 21 ha Water)

Portal is a town in Bulloch County, Georgia, United States. The population was 638 at the 2010 census.


Map of Portal, GA 30450, USA


Portal is located at 32°32′14″N 81°55′54″W (32.537275, -81.931738).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km2), of which 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 2.99%, is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 597 people, 232 households, and 167 families residing in the town. The population density was 343.1 people per square mile (132.5/km²). There were 255 housing units at an average density of 146.0 per square mile (56.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 82.24% White, 15.24% African American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 232 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,268, and the median income for a family was $34,000. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,514. About 8.2% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Myths and legends

  • Black panthers - Many believe the area to be home to large black panthers. This was adopted for the Portal Middle/High mascot.
  • "Stink Eye" Willy - An abandoned farm house on Banks Dairy Road is said to be haunted by local legend Stink Eye Willy, a farmer from 1943 who died shortly after being sprayed in the face by a skunk.
  • Jimmy - a dude named Jimmy who fell out of a barn.
  • Notable people

  • Brooks Brown (1985-), American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). Brown attended Portal High School and played baseball there. He attended the University of Georgia, playing in college. He played for several minor league teams before being called up to the majors for the first time on July 6, 2014.
  • Dr. Leila Denmark (1898–2012), a pediatrician, author and researcher who blazed trails for women in medicine, and lived to be 114
  • Matthew L. Gibson (1985-), Science instructor emeritus at Portal High School and Curator of Natural History at the Charleston Museum. Gibson also published a Journal of Paleontology article naming a new species of pontoporiid dolphin, Auroracetus bakerae. He is a research member of the Don Sundquist Center for Excellence in Paleontology.
  • Sebastian McBride, African-American man who was lynched by whites on August 27, 1904; the fourth lynching victim of white racial violence that month in Bulloch County
  • Cameron Sheffield (1988-), American football defensive end who is a member of the Edmonton Eskimos. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
  • Ruby Stone (1924–2013), born in Portal and later moved to Idaho, where she became a politician and was elected as a state legislator


    Portal, Georgia Wikipedia

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