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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population37,054
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens14.4%
Employed Population 16+16,216
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married46.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.9%
Median Earnings25+$38,377
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,917
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,944

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,604
% Above Poverty Level85.1%
% Below Poverty Level14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone26.3%
Median Gross Rent$898
Median House Value$136,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.6%
German20.9%
Irish15.8%
Polish11.5%
English5.5%
Italian4.3%
Dutch2.9%
Swedish1.7%
Slovak1.6%
Greek1.6%
French Except Basque1.4%
Croatian1.3%
Russian1.1%
Hungarian1.1%
Czech1.1%
Scottish1%
Norwegian0.9%
Serbian0.8%
Lithuanian0.8%
Arab0.6%
Welsh0.4%
Jordanian0.4%
Canadian0.3%
African0.3%
Albanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Portage Almanac

CategoryValue
County Porter County
Standard Zip Codes46368
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.58
Approximate Longitude-87.18

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)

StationOGDEN DUNES
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp44 to 65 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationINDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance6.2 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 57 F
Jul Temp64 to 82 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp12 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burns Harbor1,301$72,772
Hobart28,693$73,653
Lake Station12,199$45,009
New Chicago1,805$43,824
Ogden Dunes1,138$113,971
Porter4,873$95,701

Portage Hospitals

Porter-portage Hospital Campus-er
3630 Willowcreek Rd
(219) 364-3000

Portage Public Schools

Central Elementary School
2825 Russell St
ZIP: 46368
(219) 763-8015
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Crisman Elementary School
6161 Old Porter Rd
ZIP: 46368
(219) 763-8020
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Ethel R Jones Elem Sch
2374 Mccool Rd
ZIP: 46368
(219) 763-8025
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
George L Myers Elem Sch
3100 Willowdale
ZIP: 46368
(219) 763-8035
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Neighbors' New Vistas High School
5391 Central Ave
ZIP: 46368
(219) 850-4448
High
Total Enrollment 171
Portage High School
6450 Us Hwy 6
ZIP: 46368
(219) 764-6026
High
Total Enrollment 2494
Rowena Kyle Elementary School
2701 Hamstrom Rd
ZIP: 46368
(219) 763-8030
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Wallace Aylesworth Elementary
5910 Central Ave
ZIP: 46368
(219) 763-8010
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
William Fegely Middle School
5384 Stone Ave
ZIP: 46368
(219) 763-8150
Middle
Total Enrollment 752
Willowcreek Middle School
5962 Central Ave
ZIP: 46368
(219) 763-8090
Middle
Total Enrollment 1148

Portage Private Schools

Maranatha Christian Academy
2780 Russell St
ZIP: 46368
Secondary
Total Enrollment 7
Nativity Of Our Savior School
2929 Willowcreek Rd
ZIP: 46368
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
Portage Christian School
3040 Arlene
ZIP: 46368
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 200
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