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Population (year 2000): 33,496. Estimated population in July 2005: 35,687 (+6.5% change)
Males: 16,247 (48.5%), Females: 17,249 (51.5%)

Zip code:

Median resident age: 35.4 years
Median household income: $47,500 (year 2000)
Median house value: $109,000 (year 2000)

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Races in Portage:

  • White Non-Hispanic (86.7%)
  • Hispanic (9.9%)
  • Other race (3.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
  • Black (1.4%)
  • American Indian (0.8%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (22.1%), Irish (15.3%), English (8.8%), Polish (8.6%), United States (6.4%), Italian (4.1%).Indiana

Elevation: 644 feet

Land area: 25.5 square miles

Portage,

For population 25 years and over in Portage

  • High school or higher: 82.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.0%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work: 25.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Portage city

  • Never married: 23.5%
  • Now married: 54.3%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 8.2%
  • Divorced: 12.6%

3.1% Foreign born (1.2% Latin America, 1.1% Europe, 0.6% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +4,141 (+14.1%).


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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: IN Gary, (10.9 miles pop. 102,746).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: IL Chicago, (38.3 miles pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Dunes, IN (3.0 miles Ogden Haven, IN (4.3 miles South Harbor, IN (4.8 miles Burns Station, IN Lake (5.1 miles Chicago, IN (6.2 miles New IN Hobart, (6.7 miles Acres, IN (8.3 miles Dune IN Porter, (8.5 miles


Single-family new house construction building permits:
  • 1996: 178 buildings, average cost: $78,100
  • 1997: 166 buildings, average cost: $81,600
  • 1998: 184 buildings, average cost: $84,700
  • 1999: 230 buildings, average cost: $78,900
  • 2000: 180 buildings, average cost: $90,700
  • 2001: 172 buildings, average cost: $91,700
  • 2002: 161 buildings, average cost: $116,300
  • 2003: 226 buildings, average cost: $115,400
  • 2004: 203 buildings, average cost: $124,200
  • 2005: 243 buildings, average cost: $133,100

Latitude: 41.58 N, Longitude: 87.19 W

Area code: 219


Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (26.4%), Educational,health and social services (16.8%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (10.3%), Retail trade (10.1%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: -4,018 (-12.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 4,279 (27.0%)


 

Crime in Portage by Year

Type 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Murders 1 1 1 0 0 0
    per 100,000 3.0 3.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Rapes 12 10 6 8 4 6
    per 100,000 35.8 29.9 17.9 23.9 11.9 17.9
Robberies 13 9 9 9 10 15
    per 100,000 38.8 26.9 26.9 26.9 29.9 44.8
Assaults 34 22 32 69 75 37
    per 100,000 101.5 65.7 95.5 206.0 223.9 110.5
Burglaries 163 184 137 236 188 178
    per 100,000 486.6 549.3 409.0 704.6 561.3 531.4
Thefts 919 972 899 1,137 1,087 947
    per 100,000 2743.6 2901.8 2683.9 3394.4 3245.2 2827.2
Auto thefts 111 110 83 100 84 82
    per 100,000 331.4 328.4 247.8 298.5 250.8 244.8
219.6 216.9 193.1 267.8 247.7 212.6

Average climate in Portage, Indiana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Portage,

Portage-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 68% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/21/1967, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 27.0 miles away from the Portage city center killed 33 people and injured 500 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 10/24/1967, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 3.2 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.


Hospitals/medical centers near Portage:
  • ST MARY MEDICAL CENTER INC (about 7 miles; HOBART, IN)
  • METHODIST HOSPITALS NORTHLAKE (about 11 miles; GARY, IN)
  • METHODIST HOSPITALS INC SOUTHLAKE (about 13 miles; MERRILLVILLE, IN)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Portage:
  • GARY/CHICAGO (about 15 miles; GARY, IN; ID: GYY)
  • PORTER COUNTY MUNI (about 16 miles; VALPARAISO, IN; ID: VPZ)
  • CHICAGO MIDWAY INTL (about 42 miles; CHICAGO, IL; ID: MDW)
Other public-use airports nearest to Portage:
  • HOBART SKY RANCH (about 5 miles; HOBART, IN; ID: 3HO)
  • GRIFFITH-MERRILLVILLE (about 16 miles; GRIFFITH, IN; ID: 05C)
  • LANSING MUNI (about 24 miles; CHICAGO, IL; ID: IGQ)

Local government website:

Local government employment and payroll (March 2002)

Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Parks and Recreation 15 $35,521 $28,416 17 $10,342
Other and Unallocable 1 $2,894 $34,728 5 $3,875
Health 1 $2,121 $25,452 0 $0
Financial Administration 6 $14,059 $28,118 0 $0
Other Government Administration 5 $13,583 $32,599 7 $5,006
Police Protection - Officers 52 $169,696 $39,160 0 $0
Police - Other 18 $40,319 $26,879 1 $310
Firefighters 59 $189,640 $38,570 0 $0
Fire - Other 2 $3,941 $23,646 0 $0
Streets and Highways 34 $88,688 $31,301 3 $2,449
Solid Waste Management 27 $60,810 $27,026 0 $0
Totals for Government 220 $621,273 $33,887 33 $21,981
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Portage:
  • IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE-NORTHWEST (about 11 miles; GARY, IN; Full-time enrollment: 2,432)
  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY-NORTHWEST (about 13 miles; GARY, IN; FT enrollment: 3,208)
  • VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY (about 14 miles; VALPARAISO, IN; FT enrollment: 3,376)
  • PURDUE UNIVERSITY-CALUMET CAMPUS (about 19 miles; HAMMOND, IN; FT enrollment: 6,312)
  • PURDUE UNIVERSITY-NORTH CENTRAL CAMPUS (about 20 miles; WESTVILLE, IN; FT enrollment: 2,500)
  • SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE (about 29 miles; SOUTH HOLLAND, IL; FT enrollment: 3,599)
  • PRAIRIE STATE COLLEGE (about 30 miles; CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL; FT enrollment: 2,523)
Public high school in Portage:
  • PORTAGE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 2,385; Location: 6450 US HWY 6; Grades: 09 - 12)
Private high schools in Portage:
  • PORTAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 211; Location: 3040 ARLENE ST; Grades: PK - 12)
  • MARANATHA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 28; Location: 2780 RUSSELL STREET; Grades: KG - 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Portage:
  • WILLOWCREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,252; Location: 5962 CENTRAL AVE; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • WILLIAM FEGELY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 675; Location: 5384 STONE AVE; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 554; Location: 2825 RUSSELL ST; Grades: KG - 05)
  • WALLACE AYLESWORTH ELEMENTARY (Students: 528; Location: 5910 CENTRAL AVE; Grades: KG - 05)
  • ROWENA KYLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 512; Location: 2701 HAMSTROM RD; Grades: KG - 05)
  • GEORGE L MYERS ELEM SCH (Students: 498; Location: 3100 WILLOWDALE; Grades: KG - 05)
  • ETHEL R JONES ELEM SCH (Students: 457; Location: 2374 MC COOL RD; Grades: KG - 05)
  • CRISMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 432; Location: 6161 OLD PORTER RD; Grades: KG - 05)
Private primary/middle school in Portage:
  • NATIVITY OF OUR SAVIOR SCHOOL (Students: 230; Location: 2929 WILLOWCREEK ROAD; Grades: KG - 8)

Notable locations in Portage: Port of Indiana (A), Burns Harbor South Light 3 (B), North Porter County Government Complex (C).

Churches in Portage include: Lake View Church (A), Grace Church (B), Nativity of Our Saviour Catholic Church (C), United Pentecostal Church (D), Bible Baptist Church (E), Hope Church (F), Calvary Temple Church (G), First United Presbyterian Church (H).

Cemeteries: Blake Cemetery (1), Temple of Israel Cemetery of Gary (2), McCool Cemetery (3), Calvary Cemetery (4).

Lakes: Minnehaha, Lake (A), Robbins Pond (B), Long Lake (C).

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Crisman Ditch (A), East Arm Little Calumet River (B), Samuelson Ditch (C), Robbins Ditch (D), Willow Creek (E).

Parks in Portage include: Hickory Park (1), Imagination Glen Park (2), Perry Park (3), Woodland Park (4), Wolfe Park (5), Olson Memorial Park (6), West Beach Recreation Area (7), Countryside Park (8), Harbor Oaks Park (9).


Portage compared to Indiana state average:
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
Strongest AM radio stations in Portage:
  • WNDZ (750 AM; daytime; 5 kW; PORTAGE, IN; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • WIND (560 AM; 5 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WVIV (1200 AM; 20 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLXX-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WMVP (1000 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WYLL (1160 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WIMS (1420 AM; 5 kW; MICHIGAN CITY, IN; Owner: ST. GEORGE BROADCASTING, LLC, ROBERT J. MACCINI, RECEIVER)
  • WLTH (1370 AM; 1 kW; GARY, IN; Owner: WLTH RADIO, INC.)
  • WNTD (950 AM; 5 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: RADIO UNICA OF CHICAGO LICENSE CORP.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
Strongest FM radio stations in Portage:
  • WLJE (105.5 FM; VALPARAISO, IN; Owner: PORTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WCKG (105.9 FM; ELMWOOD PARK, IL; Owner: INFINITY HOLDINGS CORPORATION OF ORLANDO)
  • WLIT-FM (93.9 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WJMK (104.3 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORP. OF ILLINOIS)
  • WNUA (95.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WTMX (101.9 FM; SKOKIE, IL; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • WBBM-FM (96.3 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WKSC-FM (103.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WFMT (98.7 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WINDOW TO THE WORLD COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WZZN (94.7 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC CHICAGO FM RADIO,INC.)
  • WGCI-FM (107.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WBEZ (91.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: THE WBEZ ALLIANCE, INC.)
  • WKQX (101.1 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WLUP-FM (97.9 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • WNND (100.3 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • WOJO (105.1 FM; EVANSTON, IL; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • WUSN (99.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF CHICAGO)
  • WVAZ (102.7 FM; OAK PARK, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WDRV (97.1 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • WXRT-FM (93.1 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
TV broadcast stations around Portage:
  • WYIN (Channel 56; GARY, IN; Owner: NORTHWEST INDIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W13BQ (Channel 13; PORTAGE, IN; Owner: STUDIO 5, INC.)
  • WLS-TV (Channel 7; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WMAQ-TV (Channel 5; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: NBC SUBSIDIARY (WMAQ-TV), INC.)
  • WTTW (Channel 11; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WINDOW TO THE WORLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN-TV (Channel 9; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WGBO-TV (Channel 66; JOLIET, IL; Owner: WGBO LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WBBM-TV (Channel 2; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • W24AW (Channel 24; VALPARAISO, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W54BK (Channel 54; CHESTERTON, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WPWR-TV (Channel 50; GARY, IN; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • WXFT (Channel 60; AURORA, IL; Owner: TELEFUTURA CHICAGO LLC)
  • WCPX (Channel 38; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: PAXSON CHICAGO LICENSE, INC.)
  • WCIU-TV (Channel 26; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WCIU-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSNS-TV (Channel 44; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: TELEMUNDO OF CHICAGO, INC.)
  • WFLD (Channel 32; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • W68DO (Channel 68; PALATINE, IL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WFBT-CA (Channel 23; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: CHANNEL 23 LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WJYS (Channel 62; HAMMOND, IN; Owner: JOVON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W04CQ (Channel 4; CHESTERTON, IN; Owner: AQUA-LAND COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WOCH-LP (Channel 28; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: KM LPTV OF CHICAGO-28, L.L.C.)
  • WYCC (Channel 20; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: COLLEGE DIST. #508, COUNTY OF COOK)
  • WOCK-CA (Channel 13; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: KM LPTV OF CHICAGO-13, L.L.C.)
  • W18AT (Channel 18; GARY, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

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