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Overview

Introduction to Portage, Michigan

Portage, Michigan, in Kalamazoo county, is 6 miles S of Kalamazoo, Michigan and 108 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Kalamazoo - Battle Creek metropolitan statistical area.

Portage History

The earliest European settlers arrived in this area during the 19th century. Before they came, the Potowatami Indians lived here. The rich soil of the area proved to be excellent for growing celery, and Portage came to be known as the Celery City of the Nation in the 1880s. The city was incorporated in December of 1963 from the Portage Township.

Portage and nearby Attractions

  • Oakland Hills Golf Club
  • Austin Lake
  • Gourdneck State Game Area
  • South Westnedge Park
  • Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center

Things To Do In Portage

Portage is famous for its historical parks and extensive network of trails. These trails have grown to over 50 miles and are very popular among people who enjoy cycling, jogging and going on long walks. The trails are also fit for many other recreational activities. The Kalamazoo Air Zoo is another popular tourist spot.

Portage Transportation

Battle Creek International Airport lies just a short distance away.

Portage Higher Education

One can pursue higher studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College or Kellogg Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population47,854
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens15.1%
Employed Population 16+23,538
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married53.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.1%
Median Earnings25+$40,588
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,757
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,648

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,617
% Above Poverty Level90.6%
% Below Poverty Level9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone29.4%
Median Gross Rent$727
Median House Value$148,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.6%
Irish14.9%
English13%
Dutch10.3%
Polish5.8%
Italian4.1%
French Except Basque3.5%
Swedish2.4%
Scottish1.8%
Hungarian1.2%
Canadian1.2%
Norwegian1.2%
Czech0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Arab0.6%
Russian0.6%
Finnish0.5%
African0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Croatian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
German0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Australian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Portage Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kalamazoo County
Standard Zip Codes49002, 49024
P.O. Box Zip Codes49081
Phone Area Codes269
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.2
Approximate Longitude-85.56

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)

StationKALAMAZOO STATE HOSPITAL
Distance5.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches
StationGULL LAKE BIOL STA
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp36 to 61 F
Jul Temp61 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.8 inches
StationDOWAGIAC 1 W
Distance32.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Galesburg2,053$37,500
Kalamazoo75,885$46,935
Mattawan2,282$46,106
Parchment1,931$40,787
Schoolcraft1,431$66,827
Vicksburg3,065$61,208

Portage Public Libraries

Portage District Library
300 LIBRARY LANE
Portage, Michigan
(269) 329-4544

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Portage Public Schools

Central Elementary School
8422 South Westnedge Ave
ZIP: 49002
(269) 323-6100
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Lake Center Elementary School
10011 Portage Rd
ZIP: 49002
(269) 323-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 567
Portage Central High School
8135 South Westnedge Ave
ZIP: 49002
(269) 323-5200
High
Total Enrollment 1368
Portage Central Middle School
8305 South Westnedge Ave
ZIP: 49002
(269) 323-5600
Middle
Total Enrollment 700
Woodsedge Learning Center
1501 E. Milham Road
ZIP: 49002
(269) 250-9414
Other
Total Enrollment 241
12th Street Elementary
6501 South 12th St
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 564
Amberly Elementary School
6637 Amberly St
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-5900
Primary
Total Enrollment 530
Angling Road Elementary School
5340 Angling Rd
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Haverhill Elementary School
6633 Haverhill Ave
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Moorsbridge Elementary School
7361 Moors Bridge Rd
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 525
Oakland Academy
6325 Oakland Dr
ZIP: 49024
(269) 324-8951
Primary
Total Enrollment 221
Portage Community High School
1010 West Milham Ave
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-6700
Other
Total Enrollment 191
Portage North Middle School
5808 Oregon Ave
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 549
Portage Northern High School
1000 Idaho Ave
ZIP: 49024
(616) 323-5400
High
Total Enrollment 1386
Portage West Middle School
7145 Moors Bridge Rd
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 674
Woodland Elementary School
1401 Woodland Dr
ZIP: 49024
(269) 323-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 371

Portage Private Schools

Kalamazoo Country Day School
4221 E Milham Ave
ZIP: 49002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
Otis Montessori Academy
810 E Centre Ave
ZIP: 49002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Michael Lutheran School
7211 Oakland Dr
ZIP: 49024
Elementary
Total Enrollment 132
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