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Population (year 2000): 44,897. Estimated population in July 2005: 45,277 (+0.8% change)
Males: 21,528 (47.9%), Females: 23,369 (52.1%)

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Median resident age: 35.8 years
Median household income: $49,410 (year 2000)
Median house value: $120,800 (year 2000)

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Races in Portage:

  • White Non-Hispanic (89.6%)
  • Black (3.7%)
  • Hispanic (1.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.8%)
  • American Indian (0.9%)
  • Asian Indian (0.9%)
  • Chinese (0.7%)
  • Other race (0.7%)

Ancestries: German (25.8%), English (14.3%), Irish (12.9%), Dutch (12.0%), Polish (6.3%), United States (5.4%).

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Elevation: 880 feet

Land area: 32.2 square miles

Portage,

For population 25 years and over in Portage

  • High school or higher: 92.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 36.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 13.5%
  • Unemployed: 3.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 19.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Portage city

  • Never married: 24.3%
  • Now married: 58.7%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 6.1%
  • Divorced: 9.9%

4.8% Foreign born (1.9% Asia, 1.3% Europe, 0.7% North America, 0.7% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +3,804 (+9.3%).




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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: MI Kalamazoo, (4.8 miles pop. 77,145).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Wayne, IN Fort (84.4 miles pop. 205,727).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: IL Chicago, (145.9 miles pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: MI Kalamazoo, (4.8 miles MI (6.8 miles Westwood, MI (7.0 miles Eastwood, MI (7.2 miles Vicksburg, MI (7.3 miles Schoolcraft, MI (8.2 miles Parchment, Northwest, MI (9.1 miles Comstock Galesburg, MI (12.1 miles Greater


Single-family new house construction building permits:
  • 1996: 199 buildings, average cost: $159,400
  • 1997: 177 buildings, average cost: $158,900
  • 1998: 172 buildings, average cost: $148,500
  • 1999: 191 buildings, average cost: $156,000
  • 2000: 203 buildings, average cost: $167,100
  • 2001: 204 buildings, average cost: $164,700
  • 2002: 310 buildings, average cost: $158,400
  • 2003: 284 buildings, average cost: $170,900
  • 2004: 209 buildings, average cost: $197,500
  • 2005: 171 buildings, average cost: $194,400

Latitude: 42.21 N, Longitude: 85.59 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 269


Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (22.1%), Manufacturing (21.3%), Retail trade (12.9%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: +6,401 (+14.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 8,856 (38.3%)


 

Crime in Portage by Year

Type 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Murders 1 2 1 1 0 0
    per 100,000 2.2 4.5 2.2 2.2 0.0 0.0
Rapes 19 14 15 13 9 16
    per 100,000 42.3 31.2 33.4 29.0 20.0 35.6
Robberies 15 17 22 13 15 13
    per 100,000 33.4 37.9 49.0 29.0 33.4 29.0
Assaults 58 61 55 90 77 46
    per 100,000 129.2 135.9 122.5 200.5 171.5 102.5
Burglaries 216 218 266 269 321 260
    per 100,000 481.1 485.6 592.5 599.1 715.0 579.1
Thefts 1,477 1,764 1,806 1,710 1,725 1,752
    per 100,000 3289.8 3929.0 4022.5 3808.7 3842.1 3902.3
Auto thefts 66 66 76 81 91 55
    per 100,000 147.0 147.0 169.3 180.4 202.7 122.5
232.0 258.4 270.7 271.3 272.3 249.9


Average climate in Portage, Michigan

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Portage,

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

On 4/2/1977, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 5.5 miles away from the Portage city center injured 10 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/13/1980, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 7.8 miles away from the city center killed 5 people and injured 79 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.


Birthplace of: Larry Hollenbeck - Busch series NASCAR driver (born: Apr 9, 1949).


Main business address for: MANATRON INC (SERVICES-COMPUTER INTEGRATED SYSTEMS DESIGN).


Hospitals/medical centers near Portage:
  • KALAMOZOO REGIONAL PSYCHIATRIC HOSP (about 5 miles; KALAMAZOO, MI)
  • BRONSON METHODIST HOSPITAL (about 7 miles; KALAMAZOO, MI)
  • BRONSON VICKSBURG HOSPITAL (about 9 miles; VICKSBURG, MI)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Portage:
  • KALAMAZOO/BATTLE CREEK INTERNATIONAL (about 4 miles; KALAMAZOO, MI; ID: AZO)
  • W K KELLOGG (about 25 miles; BATTLE CREEK, MI; ID: BTL)
  • ELKHART MUNI (about 45 miles; ELKHART, IN; ID: EKM)
Other public-use airports nearest to Portage:
  • TRIPLE H (about 11 miles; PARCHMENT, MI; ID: 2H4)
  • PRAIRIE RONDE (about 11 miles; SCHOOLCRAFT, MI; ID: P97)
  • NEWMAN'S (about 13 miles; KALAMAZOO, MI; ID: 4N0)

Amtrak station near Portage:
  • 6 miles: KALAMAZOO (459 N. BURDICK ST.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, intercity bus service.

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
Financial Administration 17 $63,938 $45,132 0 $0
Other Government Administration 21 $93,610 $53,491 11 $21,797
Police Protection - Officers 54 $238,381 $52,973 0 $0
Police - Other 19 $71,855 $45,382 19 $17,061
Firefighters 32 $145,119 $54,419 25 $5,772
Fire - Other 5 $20,858 $50,059 0 $0
Streets and Highways 39 $156,857 $48,263 1 $1,313
Housing and Community Development(Local) 18 $70,082 $46,721 0 $0
Other and Unallocable 3 $9,082 $36,328 9 $7,696
Parks and Recreation 12 $59,286 $59,286 17 $1,999
Totals for Government 220 $929,070 $50,676 82 $55,638


Colleges/Universities in Portage:
  • CHIC UNIVERSITY OF COSMETOLOGY (Full-time enrollment: 55; Location: 6136 S WESTNEDGE AVE; Private, for-profit; Website: WWW.CHICUNIVERSITY.COM)
  • KALAMAZOO BEAUTY ACADEMY DBA WRIGHT BEAUTY ACADEMY (FT enrollment: 35; Location: 6666 LOVERS LN; Private, for-profit)
  • KAL-AERO (Location: 5605 PORTAGE RD; Private, for-profit)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Portage:
  • WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY (about 5 miles; KALAMAZOO, MI; Full-time enrollment: 23,132)
  • KALAMAZOO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 9 miles; KALAMAZOO, MI; FT enrollment: 5,017)
  • KELLOGG COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 29 miles; BATTLE CREEK, MI; FT enrollment: 2,824)
  • CALVIN COLLEGE (about 50 miles; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; FT enrollment: 4,148)
  • AQUINAS COLLEGE (about 51 miles; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; FT enrollment: 2,022)
  • GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 53 miles; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; FT enrollment: 7,590)
  • HOPE COLLEGE (about 53 miles; HOLLAND, MI; FT enrollment: 2,918)
Public high schools in Portage:
  • PORTAGE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,499; Location: 8135 S. WESTNEDGE AVENUE; Grades: 09 - 12)
  • PORTAGE NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,354; Location: 1000 IDAHO AVENUE; Grades: 09 - 12)
Biggest public primary/middle schools in Portage:
  • PORTAGE WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 747; Location: 7145 MOORSBRIDGE ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • PORTAGE CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 739; Location: 8305 S. WESTNEDGE AVENUE; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • AMBERLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 618; Location: 6637 AMBERLY STREET; Grades: PK - 05)
  • PORTAGE NORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 611; Location: 5808 OREGON AVENUE; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • MOORSBRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 600; Location: 7361 MOORSBRIDGE ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
  • LAKE CENTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 537; Location: 10011 PORTAGE ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
  • WOODLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 472; Location: 1401 WOODLAND DRIVE; Grades: KG - 05)
  • HAVERHILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 452; Location: 6633 HAVERHILL AVENUE; Grades: KG - 05)
  • WAYLEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 440; Location: 8106 WAYLEE STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
  • ANGLING ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 434; Location: 5340 ANGLING ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
Private primary/middle school in Portage:
  • OTIS MONTESSORI ACADEMY (Students: 123; Location: 810 EAST CENTRE AVENUE; Grades: PK - KG)
Library in Portage:
  • PORTAGE DISTRICT LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,742,721; Location: 300 LIBRARY LANE; 127,030 books; 5,636 audio materials; 3,172 video materials; 204 serial subscriptions)
 

Portage compared to Michigan state average:

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  • Median household income above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.

Strongest AM radio stations in Portage:
  • WKLZ (1470 AM; 10 kW; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: FAIRFIELD BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQSN (1660 AM; 10 kW; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: FAIRFIELD BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WNWN (1560 AM; daytime; 4 kW; PORTAGE, MI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WKZO (590 AM; 5 kW; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: FAIRFIELD BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKMI (1360 AM; 5 kW; KALAMAZOO, MI)
  • WKPR (1420 AM; 1 kW; KALAMAZOO, MI)
  • WOOD (1300 AM; 20 kW; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBCK (930 AM; 5 kW; BATTLE CREEK, MI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOWO (1190 AM; 50 kW; FORT WAYNE, IN; Owner: PATHFINDER COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WMSH-FM (99 AM; 1 kW; STURGIS, MI; Owner: LAKE CITIES BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WOAP (1080 AM; 50 kW; OWOSSO, MI)
  • WPNW (1260 AM; 10 kW; ZEELAND, MI; Owner: LANSER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WAKV (980 AM; 1 kW; OTSEGO, MI; Owner: VINTAGE RADIO ENTERPRISES, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Portage:
  • WFAT (96.5 FM; PORTAGE, MI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WKDS (89.9 FM; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: BD OF EDUC SCHOOL DISTR OF CITY)
  • W247AM (97.3 FM; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • WAYK (88.3 FM; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY)
  • W258AH (99.5 FM; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WIDR (89.1 FM; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)
  • W262AF (100.3 FM; PARCHMENT, MI; Owner: FRIENDS OF CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • WMUK (102.1 FM; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)
  • WQLR (106.5 FM; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: FAIRFIELD BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WRKR (107.7 FM; PORTAGE, MI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WOFR (89.5 FM; SCHOOLCRAFT, MI; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WKFR-FM (103.3 FM; BATTLE CREEK, MI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WBCT (93.7 FM; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZUU (92.3 FM; ALLEGAN, MI; Owner: FORUM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WVGR (104.1 FM; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN)
  • WLKM-FM (95.9 FM; THREE RIVERS, MI; Owner: IMPACT RADIO, LLC)
  • WQXC-FM (100.9 FM; OTSEGO, MI; Owner: FORUM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W219CA (91.7 FM; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Portage:
  • WGVK (Channel 52; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WWMT (Channel 3; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: FREEDOM BROADCASTING OF MICHIGAN, INC.)
  • WLLA (Channel 64; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: CHRISTIAN FAITH BROADCAST, INC.)
  • WOTV (Channel 41; BATTLE CREEK, MI; Owner: WOOD LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WOKZ-CA (Channel 50; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: WOOD LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WXMI (Channel 17; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W26BX (Channel 26; KALAMAZOO, MI; Owner: TCT OF MICHIGAN, INC.)
  • WOOD-TV (Channel 8; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: WOOD LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)

To understand how the electorate votes by state, you have to understand the demographics of the cities and counties in each of those states. As pollsters, we try to keep all of the important variables such as income, gender, and race consistent.

Source: City-Data.com


 

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