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Overview

Introduction to Portage, Wisconsin

Portage, Wisconsin, in Columbia county, is 32 miles N of Madison, Wisconsin and 85 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Portage History

Portage was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The city was named after the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway, which ran between the Wisconsin River and the Fox River. Early French fur traders called the area "le portage." In the 1780s, traders established posts and warehouses in this area. Fort Winnebago was built in 1828 by the federal government. Portage became the county seat of Columbia County in 1851. It was incorporated as a city in 1854.

Portage and nearby Attractions

  • Northridge Mall Shopping Center
  • Silver Lake Beach
  • Fort Winnebago Surgeon's Quarters
  • Circus World Museum
  • Historic Indian Agency House
  • Devils Lake State Park

Things To Do In Portage

The Fort Winnebago Surgeon's Quarters and the Historic Indian Agency House provides insight into the area’s history. Local parks include the Blue Star Park, Riverside Park, Sunset Park, Collipp-Worden Park, Sanborn Park, Lincoln Park and Hamilton Street Park. Shopping is available at the Northridge Mall Shopping Center. Local celebrations include the Columbia County Fair, the White Feather Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow, the Festival of Flowers and YesterFest.

Portage Transportation

Dane County Regional Airport is nearby.

Portage Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Madison Area Technical College are the local colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,321
Male Share of the Population53.6%
Female Share of the Population46.4%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+4,889
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married40.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.2%
Median Earnings25+$37,427
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$36,116
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,026

Wealth

Median Family Income$64,613
% Above Poverty Level85%
% Below Poverty Level15%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone37.9%
Median Gross Rent$711
Median House Value$118,900

Ancestry

German38.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.3%
Irish14%
Norwegian8.9%
Polish7.5%
English7.2%
Swedish2.3%
Italian2.2%
French Except Basque1.5%
Dutch1.3%
Scottish1%
Czech0.9%
Austrian0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Latvian0.6%
Russian0.5%
African0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Somali0.2%
Arab0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Albanian0.1%
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Portage Almanac

CategoryValue
County Columbia County
Standard Zip Codes53901
Phone Area Codes608
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.54
Approximate Longitude-89.46

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)

StationPORTAGE
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp6 to 25 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 60 F
Annual Precip34.5 inches
StationBARABOO
Distance14.9 miles
Jan Temp2 to 26 F
Apr Temp30 to 57 F
Jul Temp55 to 83 F
Oct Temp33 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.7 inches
StationARLINGTON UNIV FARM
Distance17.5 miles
Jan Temp8 to 23 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Endeavor557$56,369
Merrimac606$78,750
Pardeeville2,200$65,179
Poynette2,394$80,694
Rio1,169$73,194
Wyocena739$69,375

Portage Public Libraries

Portage Public Library
253 W. EDGEWATER ST.
Portage, Wisconsin
(608) 742-4959

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Portage Hospitals

Divine Savior Hlthcare
(Non-profit)
2817 New Pinery Rd
(608) 742-4131

Portage Public Schools

Columbia Correctional Institution
2925 Columbia Dr
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-9100
High
Total Enrollment 12
Lewiston Elementary
W11195 State Road 127
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-2524
Primary
Total Enrollment 107
Muir Elementary School
2600 Woodcrest Dr
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-5531
Primary
Total Enrollment 376
Portage Academy Of Achievement
117 W Franklin St
ZIP: 53901
(608) 745-0887
High
Total Enrollment 24
Portage High
301 E Collins St
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-8545
High
Total Enrollment 788
Portage Partnering Preschool
2600 Woodcrest Dr
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-3715
Primary
Total Enrollment 155
Portage Virtual School
301 E Collins St
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-4879
Rusch Elementary
117 W Franklin St
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-7376
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
Wayne Bartels Middle
2505 New Pinery Rd
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-2165
Middle
Total Enrollment 531
Woodridge Elementary
333 E Slifer St
ZIP: 53901
(608) 742-3494
Primary
Total Enrollment 168

Portage Private Schools

St Johns Lutheran School
430 W Emmett St
ZIP: 53901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 120
St Mary School
315 W Cook St
ZIP: 53901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 105
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