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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.

People

Total Population 47,496
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 23,034
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 53%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.6%
Median Earnings25+ $39,924
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,586
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,217

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,864
% Above Poverty Level 89%
% Below Poverty Level 11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $720
Median House Value $147,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 13.4%
Irish 14.9%

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

Portage Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of Kalamazoo, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 108 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County Kalamazoo
Metro Area Kalamazoo - Battle Creek
Standard Zip Codes 49002, 49024
P.O. Box Zip Codes 49081
Phone Area Codes 269
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.201
Longitude -85.58

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 KALAMAZOO STATE HOSPITAL
Distance 5.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Station GULL LAKE BIOL STA
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 61 F
Jul Temp 61 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.8 inches
Station DOWAGIAC 1 W
Distance 32.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Galesburg 1,953 $37,375
Kalamazoo 75,499 $45,086
Mattawan 2,081 $45,063
Parchment 2,016 $43,854
Schoolcraft 1,496 $66,319
Vicksburg 3,089 $56,051

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

Portage Public Libraries

Library
Portage District Library
300 LIBRARY LANE
Portage, Michigan
(269) 329-4542
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Portage High Schools

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PORTAGE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
8135 S. WESTNEDGE AVENUE
269-323-5200
Serves 1,499 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

PORTAGE NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL
1000 IDAHO AVENUE
616-323-5400
Serves 1,354 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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