Portage Lake, Maine

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Population in 2010: 391. Population change since 2000: +0.3%
 
Males: 197  (50.4%)
Females: 194  (49.6%)
Median resident age:  56.2 years
Maine median age:  43.0 years

Zip codes: 04768.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $42,980 (it was $32,232 in 2000)
Portage Lake:

$42,980
ME:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $24,963 (it was $17,983 in 2000)

Portage Lake town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $114,548 (it was $71,700 in 2000)
Portage Lake:

$114,548
ME:

$172,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $136,611; Detached houses: $145,575; In 2-unit structures: $113,942; Mobile homes: $48,290
Portage Lake races chart
  • White alone - 375 (95.9%)
  • Two or more races - 11 (2.8%)
  • American Indian alone - 4 (1.0%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.3%)

Races in Portage Lake detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Portage Lake: 154.5 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: French (37.2%), English (20.0%), French Canadian (10.8%), Irish (8.5%), United States (6.4%), Scottish (3.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/24/1909

Land area: 30.7 square miles.

Population density: 13 people per square mile   (very low).

Portage Lake,ME real estate house value index trend

For population 25 years and over in Portage Lake:

  • High school or higher: 72.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%
  • Unemployed: 6.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Portage Lake town:

  • Never married: 18.3%
  • Now married: 64.6%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.5%
  • Divorced: 8.5%

21 residents are foreign born (5.4% North America).

This town:  5.4%
Maine:  3.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Portage Lake town:  1.0% ($742)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (231.9 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (333.6 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (489.9 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Ashland, ME (3.4 miles ), Wade, ME (3.6 miles ), Castle Hill, ME (3.7 miles ), Perham, ME (3.9 miles ), Washburn, ME (4.1 miles ), Westmanland, ME (4.2 miles) , Masardis, ME (4.3 miles ), Mapleton, ME (4.4 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $15,000
  • 1998: 3 buildings, average cost: $61,700
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $30,000
  • 2000: 1 building, cost: $30,000
  • 2001: 8 buildings, average cost: $46,400
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $75,000
  • 2003: 5 buildings, average cost: $69,000
  • 2004: 3 buildings, average cost: $51,000
  • 2005: 3 buildings, average cost: $51,000
  • 2006: 6 buildings, average cost: $103,300
  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $103,300
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $121,700
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $55,000
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $175,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 46.78 N, Longitude: 68.50 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 207

Portage Lake household income distribution Portage Lake home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

11.3%
Maine:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Wood products (41%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (17%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Truck transportation (7%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (3%)
  • Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers (3%)
  • Metal and metal products (2%)
  • Wood products (14%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Food and beverage stores (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Social assistance (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Material moving workers except supervisors and laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Top executives (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (10%)
  • Cashiers (10%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Registered nurses (8%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7%)

Work and jobs in Portage Lake: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

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Earthquake activity:

Portage Lake-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Maine state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/14/2006 at 09:34:49, a magnitude 4.0 (3.5 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 14.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 13.3 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 297.9 miles away from Portage Lake center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 344.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi) earthquake occurred 169.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 272.5 miles away from Portage Lake center
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 102.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Aroostook County (21) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 8, Snows: 7, Heavy Rains: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

located in Portage Lake:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Portage Lake:

  • University of Maine (about 131 miles; Orono, ME; Full-time enrollment: 8,931)
  • Husson University (about 136 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,421)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 167 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,036)
  • University of Maine at Augusta (about 181 miles; Augusta, ME; FT enrollment: 3,204)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (about 226 miles; Standish, ME; FT enrollment: 2,010)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 233 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 6,647)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 233 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 4,666)

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Notable locations in Portage Lake: Bolstridge Camp (A), Portage Lake Volunteer Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Sutherland Cemetery (1), Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Cemetery (2), Goodblood Cemetery (3), Buffalo Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Portage Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Mosquito Brook (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Aroostook County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 90.9. This is worse than average.

City:

90.9
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.162. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.162
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 2.20. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.20
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.555. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.555
U.S.:

1.929

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 27.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.1
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 18.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.8
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 6.50. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.50
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Portage Lake and their reported violations in the past:

MAINE WOODS COMPANY LLC (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-16-2013), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-16-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-20-2013)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2006, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (DEC-11-2006), St Public Notif requested (FEB-20-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-20-2007), St Compliance achieved (MAR-12-2008)
  • 10 routine major monitoring violations
  • 14 regular monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:  2.1 people
Maine:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  65.4%
Whole state:  62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  9.6%
Whole state:  9.4%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

9.8%
Whole state:

10.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

3.9%
Whole state:

4.1%
3 people in homes for the mentally retarded in 2000

Portage Lake compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (67%)
  • Wood (28%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
  • Electricity (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Portage Lake town (based on Aroostook County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 60.84%
Here: 60.8%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Methodist Church The Wesleyan ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents70.7%8.7%5.8%5.6%1.6%
Congregations25.5%15.1%11.3%5.7%5.7%
NameUnited Church of ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLDS (Mormon) ChurchEpiscopal ChurchOther
Adherents1.6%1.3%1.1%1.0%2.6%
Congregations9.4%2.8%3.8%5.7%15.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 29
Aroostook County:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 16
Aroostook County:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 56
Aroostook County:

7.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 66
Here:

9.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.7%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Aroostook County:

27.6%
Maine:

25.0%

3.21% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,766 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.21%
Maine average:

5.50%

0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,181 average AGI)
Aroostook County:

0.08%
Maine average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Penobscot County, ME  0.46% ($28,764 average AGI)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.20% ($23,132)
from Hartford County, CT  0.09% ($34,920)


3.74% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,623 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.74%
Maine average:

5.62%

0.11% of residents moved to foreign countries ($830 average AGI)
Aroostook County:

0.11%
Maine average:

0.05%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Penobscot County, ME  0.67% ($29,433 average AGI)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.37% ($47,612)
to Kennebec County, ME  0.14% ($29,722)

Strongest AM radio stations in Portage Lake:

  • WFST (600 AM; 5 kW; CARIBOU, ME; Owner: NORTHERN BROADCAST MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WEGP (1390 AM; 5 kW; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: DECELLES/SMITH MEDIA, INC.)
  • WREM (710 AM; daytime; 5 kW; MONTICELLO, ME; Owner: ALLAN H WEINER)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WZON (620 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WGY (810 AM; 50 kW; SCHENECTADY, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WICY (1490 AM; 50 kW; MALONE, NY; Owner: CARTIER COMMUNICATIONS INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Portage Lake:

  • WBPW (96.9 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQHR (96.1 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WOZI (101.9 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMEM (106.1 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W274AF (102.7 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Golf Course Road (Lat: 46.766361 Lon: -68.474222), Type: Pole, Structure height: 3.5 m, Overall height: 11 m, Call Sign: KNHY347
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.955 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/05/2003, Expiration Date: 12/02/2013
    Registrant: Aroostook Technologies, Inc., 4 Airport Drive, Presque Isle, ME 04769, Phone: (207) 762-9321, Fax: (207) 764-1463

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