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Population in 2012: 426 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -11.8%
 

Males: 197  (46.3%)
Females: 229  (53.7%)

Median resident age:  46.8 years
Arkansas median age:  37.8 years

Zip codes: 72457.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $23,299 (it was $21,250 in 2000)
Portia:

$23,299
AR:

$40,112
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,909

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $53,344 (it was $37,900 in 2000)
Portia:

$53,344
AR:

$107,600
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $56,401; Detached houses: $57,327; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $50,795; Mobile homes: $41,482

Median gross rent in 2012: $461.

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  • White alone - 429 (98.2%)
  • Two or more races - 5 (1.1%)
  • Hispanic - 3 (0.7%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Portia: 79.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: Irish (35.3%), German (9.0%), English (7.0%), United States (6.3%), French (3.3%), Dutch (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 261 feet

Land area: 1.29 square miles.

Population density: 330 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Portia:

  • High school or higher: 71.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.6%
  • Unemployed: 22.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Portia town:

  • Never married: 16.6%
  • Now married: 48.0%
  • Separated: 4.5%
  • Widowed: 10.7%
  • Divorced: 20.2%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:  0.5%
Arkansas:  3.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $370 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $298 (0.6%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Jonesboro, AR (27.5 miles , pop. 55,515).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Memphis, TN (91.1 miles , pop. 650,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (397.4 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Black Rock, AR (1.5 miles ), Powhatan, AR (1.7 miles) , Hoxie, AR (2.4 miles ), Walnut Ridge, AR (2.5 miles ), College City, AR (2.8 miles ), Minturn, AR (2.8 miles) , Imboden, AR (3.2 miles ), Lynn, AR (3.4 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 0 buildings
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 0 buildings
  • 2000: 0 buildings
  • 2001: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 2006: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $40,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 36.09 N, Longitude: 91.07 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 870

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

10.5%
Arkansas:

7.6%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -24 (-4.7%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (23%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (16%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (13%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (13%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (12%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (15%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (8%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)

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Tornado activity:

Portia-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Arkansas state average. It is 214% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/15/1968, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.4 miles away from the Portia town center killed 35 people and injured 364 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 5/26/1973, a category F4 tornado 28.0 miles away from the town center killed 3 people and injured 289 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Portia-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Arkansas state average. It is 38% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 51.9 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 76.9 miles away from Portia center
On 4/27/1989 at 16:47:49, a magnitude 4.7 (4.6 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.3 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 72.9 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 87.8 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1976 at 01:00:11, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 46.6 miles away from Portia center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 90.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lawrence County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 7, Floods: 5, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Portia:

  • WALNUT RIDGE CONVALESCENT CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; WALNUT RIDGE, AR)
  • WALNUT RIDGE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; WALNUT RIDGE, AR)
  • LAWRENCE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, Critical Access Hospitals, Government - Local, provides emergency services, about 6 miles away; WALNUT RIDGE, AR)

Political contributions by individuals in Portia, AR

Amtrak station near Portia:

  • 7 miles: WALNUT RIDGE (HWY. 67 AT MAIN ST.) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Portia:

  • Arkansas State University-Main Campus (about 28 miles; Jonesboro, AR; Full-time enrollment: 8,301)
  • Three Rivers Community College (about 60 miles; Poplar Bluff, MO; FT enrollment: 2,091)
  • Harding University (about 69 miles; Searcy, AR; FT enrollment: 4,312)
  • Arkansas State University-Beebe (about 85 miles; Beebe, AR; FT enrollment: 2,601)
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College (about 88 miles; Memphis, TN; FT enrollment: 6,609)
  • University of Memphis (about 93 miles; Memphis, TN; FT enrollment: 14,700)
  • University of Central Arkansas (about 105 miles; Conway, AR; FT enrollment: 9,257)

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Notable location: Portia Volunteer Fire Station (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Lawrence County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Portia and their reported violations in the past:

LAWRENCE CO REG WATER DIST (Population served: 6396, Purch_surface_water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-1999, Contaminant: Coliform
LAWRENCE CO REG WATER DIST (Population served: 6396, Purch_surface_water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-1999, Contaminant: Coliform
LAWRENCE CO REG WATER DIST (Population served: 6396, Purch_surface_water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-1999, Contaminant: Coliform

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 27.2%
(26.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.1 people
Arkansas:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  63.2%
Whole state:  67.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  5.0%
Whole state:  5.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Portia, AR

10 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
10 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

Portia compared to Arkansas state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Portia travel time to work - commute


Portia mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (69%)
  • Electricity (29%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Wood (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Portia town (based on Lawrence County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 60.76%
Here60.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionChurches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist AssociationBaptist Missionary Association of America
Adherents38.1%13.3%11.0%10.8%10.1%
Congregations20.3%21.6%16.2%13.5%2.7%
NameNational Association of Free Will BaptistsAssemblies of GodPentecostal Church of GodCatholic ChurchOther
Adherents9.2%3.6%1.6%0.9%1.4%
Congregations10.8%8.1%2.7%1.4%2.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Lawrence County:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Lawrence County:

1.19 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

0.59 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Lawrence County:

5.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Here:

4.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.66 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.5%
Arkansas:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Lawrence County:

29.6%
Arkansas:

29.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.7%
State:

13.6%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$825
Streets and Highways 1$1,772$21,2640$0
Water Supply 2$2,879$17,2740$0
Totals for Government 3$4,651$18,6047$825

Portia government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $88,000 ($206.57)
    Regular Highways: $22,000 ($51.64)
    Fire Protection: $9,000 ($21.13)
    Police Protection: $6,000 ($14.08)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $60,000 ($140.85)

Portia government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $28,000 ($65.73)
    Highways: $1,000 ($2.35)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($4.69)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $113,000 ($265.26)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $9,000 ($21.13)
    Highways: $2,000 ($4.69)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $25,000 ($58.69)
    Public Utilities: $16,000 ($37.56)
    Property: $4,000 ($9.39)

Portia government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $57,000 ($133.80)

6.23% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($22,396 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.23%
Arkansas average:

7.98%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Randolph County, AR  1.10% ($20,310 average AGI)
from Craighead County, AR  1.06% ($28,268)
from Greene County, AR  0.34% ($27,722)


7.45% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,548 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.45%
Arkansas average:

7.29%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Craighead County, AR  1.72% ($27,185 average AGI)
to Randolph County, AR  1.22% ($24,338)
to Greene County, AR  0.62% ($36,515)

Strongest AM radio stations in Portia:

  • KRLW (1320 AM; 1 kW; WALNUT RIDGE, AR; Owner: COMBINED MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WCRV (640 AM; 50 kW; COLLIERVILLE, TN; Owner: BOTT BROADCASTING COMPANY/TENNESSEE)
  • WDIA (1070 AM; 50 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGSF (1030 AM; 50 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: FLINN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KGHT (880 AM; 50 kW; SHERIDAN, AR; Owner: METROPOLITAN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KOTC (830 AM; daytime; 10 kW; KENNETT, MO; Owner: EAGLE BLUFF ENTERPRISES)
  • WMQM (1600 AM; 50 kW; LAKELAND, TN; Owner: WMQM, INC.)
  • KPOC (1420 AM; 1 kW; POCAHONTAS, AR; Owner: COMBINED MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KAAY (1090 AM; 50 kW; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WJCE (680 AM; 10 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: ENTERCOM MEMPHIS LICENSE, LLC)
  • KNEA (970 AM; 1 kW; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KWOC (930 AM; 5 kW; POPLAR BLUFF, MO; Owner: ZIMMER RADIO OF MID-MISSOURI, INC)
  • WCPC (940 AM; 50 kW; HOUSTON, MS; Owner: WCPC BROADCASTING CO., INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Portia:

  • KJLV (105.3 FM; HOXIE, AR; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KIYS (101.9 FM; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: ,CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KASU (91.9 FM; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KRLW-FM (106.3 FM; WALNUT RIDGE, AR; Owner: COMBINED MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KFIN (107.9 FM; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • K211BX (90.1 FM; POCAHONTAS, AR; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KDEZ (100.5 FM; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF ARKANSAS, LLC)
  • KZLE (93.1 FM; BATESVILLE, AR; Owner: WRD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.)
  • WJZN (98.9 FM; MUNFORD, TN; Owner: MEMPHIS III LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBZR (95.9 FM; HARRISBURG, AR; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KAOG (90.5 FM; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KDRS-FM (107.1 FM; PARAGOULD, AR; Owner: MOR MEDIA, INC.)
  • KBKG (93.5 FM; CORNING, AR; Owner: SHIELDS-ADKINS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPOC-FM (103.9 FM; POCAHONTAS, AR; Owner: COMBINED MEDIA GROUP, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Portia:

  • KAIT (Channel 8; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • KTEJ (Channel 19; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: ARKANSAS EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION COMMISSION)
  • K46EM (Channel 46; BATESVILLE, AR; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K54ER (Channel 54; JONESBORO, AR; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K22ES (Channel 22; BATESVILLE, AR; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Portia fatal accident list:

Feb 12, 1999 09:00 PM, Us-63-03, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Mar 5, 1998 10:59 AM, Co.Rd.#430, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1



FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • 2 Mi Se W Of Us Hwy 63 (Lat: 36.059444 Lon: -91.045833), Type: 110.9, Overall height: 110 m
    Registrant: 8708861350, Www.Kozy@inet-Direct.Com
  • MINDY WORLOW, Lawrence Cr 514 (Lat: 36.059444 Lon: -91.045833), Type: 111.3, Overall height: 110.3 m
    Registrant: 8709330044, , 1916 E MATTHEWS

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Rr Mp 393.9 (Lat: 36.068694 Lon: -91.018444), Type: Building, Structure height: 3 m, Call Sign: WPKJ619
    Assigned Frequencies: 161.415 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/20/2011, Expiration Date: 03/13/2022, Certifier: W A Miller
    Registrant: Bnsf Railway Co., 4515 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106, Phone: (913) 551-4640, Fax: (913) 551-4053, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KD5DIL
    Grant Date: 02/20/1998, Expiration Date: 02/20/2008, Cancellation Date: 02/23/2010
    Registrant: Troy W Burton, Portia, AR 72457


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3


Most common first names in Portia, AR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James1173.3 years
Willie676.7 years
Fred579.2 years
William579.8 years
John482.0 years
Alma379.4 years
Cecil378.4 years
Elmer374.0 years
Gladys371.0 years
Bessie378.3 years
Most common last names in Portia, AR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1379.4 years
Davis677.5 years
Johnson573.9 years
Clark582.6 years
Freeman467.4 years
Anderson472.5 years
Hall482.5 years
Hacker477.8 years
Russell471.3 years
Dailey381.0 years

Portia on our top lists:

  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Machinery"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Farm supplies merchant wholesalers"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Truck transportation"
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