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Overview

Introduction to Portage, Indiana

Portage, Indiana, in Porter county, is 8 miles E of Gary, Indiana and 31 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Gary metropolitan statistical area.

Portage History

The land around the present day city of Portage was extremely fertile. This drew people to the area, and the Native Americans were the first settlers here. The first known European settler in the region was Joseph Bailly. Portage was initially incorporated as a town in 1959. In 1968, it was officially reincorporated as a city.

Portage and nearby Attractions

  • Brauer Museum of Art
  • Port of Indiana
  • Burns Harbor South Light 3
  • Minnehaha Lake
  • Deep River Waterpark
  • Hickory Park

Things To Do In Portage

While in Portage, one can visit the Brauer Museum of Art, which houses some popular and interesting exhibits. The city has a large number of beautiful lakes and streams, the banks of which are popular tourist spots. Portage also has many parks that offer a host of entertainment facilities to be enjoyed by both children and adults. The Deep River Waterpark is also nearby.

Portage Transportation

Gary/Chicago Airport is nearby.

Portage Higher Education

Institutes offering facilities for higher education to residents of Portage include Ivy Tech State College-Northwest, Valparaiso University, Indiana University-Northwest and Purdue University-Calumet Campus.

People

Total Population 37,197
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 16,201
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 46.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.9%
Median Earnings25+ $36,792
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,922
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,742

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,043
% Above Poverty Level 83.7%
% Below Poverty Level 16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.3%
Median Gross Rent $851
Median House Value $135,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31%
US/American 0%
English 5.7%
Irish 16.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Portage Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles E of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 31 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Porter
Standard Zip Codes 46368
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.575
Longitude -87.176

Portage Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OGDEN DUNES
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
Station INDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 57 F
Jul Temp 64 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burns Harbor 1,326 $72,768
Hobart 28,943 $71,357
Lake Station 12,268 $42,236
New Chicago 2,081 $49,074
Ogden Dunes 1,203 $111,875
Porter 4,887 $86,607

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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PORTAGE HIGH SCHOOL
6450 US HWY 6
219-764-6026
Serves 2,385 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

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