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Population in 2012: 10,208 (96% urban, 4% rural). Population change since 2000: +4.9%
 

Males: 5,281  (51.7%)
Females: 4,927  (48.3%)

Median resident age:  37.2 years
Wisconsin median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 53901.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $40,978 (it was $35,815 in 2000)
Portage:

$40,978
WI:

$51,059
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $21,392

Portage city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $134,995 (it was $90,200 in 2000)
Portage:

$134,995
WI:

$165,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $142,877; Detached houses: $148,432; Townhouses or other attached units: $142,197; In 2-unit structures: $140,690; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $237,581; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $133,749; Mobile homes: $31,012

Median gross rent in 2012: $700.

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  • White alone - 9,199 (89.6%)
  • Hispanic - 429 (4.2%)
  • Black alone - 411 (4.0%)
  • Two or more races - 98 (1.0%)
  • American Indian alone - 65 (0.6%)
  • Asian alone - 43 (0.4%)
  • Other race alone - 22 (0.2%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Portage: 94.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (39.0%), Irish (15.7%), Norwegian (7.1%), Polish (5.3%), English (4.6%), United States (2.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1854

Elevation: 800 feet

Land area: 8.29 square miles.

Population density: 1,231 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Portage:

  • High school or higher: 87.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.4%
  • Unemployed: 5.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Portage city:

  • Never married: 31.9%
  • Now married: 44.8%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 8.3%
  • Divorced: 12.5%

168 residents are foreign born

This city:  1.6%
Wisconsin:  4.8%



According to our research of Wisconsin and other state lists there were 44 registered sex offenders living in Portage, Wisconsin as of October 31, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Portage to the number of sex offenders is 232 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,810 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,627 (2.2%)

Portage satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Madison, WI (32.8 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (148.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Pacific, WI (2.0 miles ), Fort Winnebago, WI (2.3 miles ), Lewiston, WI (2.4 miles ), Pardeeville, WI (2.9 miles ), Wyocena, WI (2.9 miles ), Marcellon, WI (2.9 miles ), Dekorra, WI (3.0 miles ), Moundville, WI (3.0 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 8 buildings, average cost: $90,300
  • 1998: 17 buildings, average cost: $101,700
  • 1999: 16 buildings, average cost: $101,700
  • 2000: 14 buildings, average cost: $108,200
  • 2001: 22 buildings, average cost: $103,200
  • 2002: 22 buildings, average cost: $116,300
  • 2003: 13 buildings, average cost: $182,500
  • 2004: 14 buildings, average cost: $166,400
  • 2006: 7 buildings, average cost: $165,700
  • 2007: 9 buildings, average cost: $163,300
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $125,700
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $86,700
  • 2010: 4 buildings, average cost: $50,800
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $110,000
  • 2012: 3 buildings, average cost: $98,300

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Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 43.55 N, Longitude: 89.46 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Historic Portage

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,626 (+25.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,163 (45.5%)

Area code: 608

Portage household income distribution Portage home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Portage by Year
Type 2001 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 00000100000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.010.20.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 000613610212
per 100,000 0.00.00.059.69.930.661.2100.620.49.619.3
Robberies 03211211233
per 100,000 0.030.419.99.99.920.410.210.120.428.929.0
Assaults 33131914372629233116
per 100,000 30.630.4129.7188.9139.0378.0265.0291.8234.3299.0154.4
Burglaries 2946615630154416232726
per 100,000 296.0466.1608.4556.7297.9153.2448.5161.0234.3260.4250.9
Thefts 459449420322355312307263N/A6248
per 100,000 4685.14549.64189.13201.13524.63187.33129.12646.1N/A597.9463.2
Auto thefts 1372365637635
per 100,000 132.770.9229.459.649.661.330.670.461.128.948.3
Arson 00000000N/A00
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0N/A0.00.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 296.8) 213.2223.3246.9246.8193.9255.8250.3250.9N/A114.490.0

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Crime rate in Portage detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 26 (22 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.12
Wisconsin average:

2.22

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Portage tourist attractions:

Portage, Wisconsin accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.8%
Wisconsin:

6.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +1,068 (+12.3%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (22%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Portage-area historical tornado activity is significantly above Wisconsin state average. It is 156% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/7/1984, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 18.6 miles away from the Portage city center killed 9 people and injured 200 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 9/26/1951, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.9 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 9 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Columbia County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Wind: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Guy W. S. Castle - Navy Medal of Honor recipient, James J. Lindsay - General, Philip Hayes (general) - General, Zona Gale - Novelist, Arthur Hale Curtis - Football player and coach, Earl Abell - Football player, George Davies (baseball) - Baseball player, Mike Thompson (American football) - Football player, Ryan Brunt (curler) - Curler.


Hospitals/medical centers in Portage:

  • DIVINE SAVIOR HEALTHCARE DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, 2817 NEW PINERY ROAD)
  • DIVINE SAVIOR HOME CARE (Home Health Center, 2805 HUNTERS TRAIL)
  • DIVINE SAVIOR HLTHCARE (Acute Care Hospitals,Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 2817 NEW PINERY RD, P O BOX 387)
  • TIVOLI AT DIVINE SAVIOR HEALTHCARE (Nursing Home, 2805 HUNTERS TRAIL)

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Airports located in Portage:


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Amtrak station:

PORTAGE (400 W. ONEIDA ST.) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Portage:

  • Madison Area Technical College (about 31 miles; Madison, WI; Full-time enrollment: 5,928)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (about 33 miles; Madison, WI; FT enrollment: 37,050)
  • University of Wisconsin Colleges (about 34 miles; Madison, WI; FT enrollment: 8,846)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (about 57 miles; Oshkosh, WI; FT enrollment: 9,356)
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (about 62 miles; Whitewater, WI; FT enrollment: 9,532)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 68 miles; Stevens Point, WI; FT enrollment: 8,352)
  • Waukesha County Technical College (about 70 miles; Pewaukee, WI; FT enrollment: 2,559)

Public high schools in Portage:

Public elementary/middle schools in Portage:

  • Rusch El (Students: 481; Location: 117 W Franklin St; Grades: KG-6)
  • Muir El (Students: 463; Location: 2600 Woodcrest Dr; Grades: 2-6)
  • Wayne Bartels Mid (Students: 343; Location: 2505 New Pinery Rd; Grades: 7-8)
  • Woodridge El (Students: 203; Location: 333 E Slifer St; Grades: KG-1)
  • Fort Winnebago El (Students: 73; Location: W8349 Dumke Rd; Grades: KG-6)
  • Lewiston El (Students: 54; Location: W11195 State Road 127; Grades: 1-6)
  • Caledonia El (Students: 45; Location: N5194 State Road 78; Grades: 1-6)
  • River Crossing Charter Sch (Students: 14; Location: 191 E Slifer St; Grades: 7-8)

Private elementary/middle schools in Portage:

  • ST MARY SCHOOL (Students: 137; Location: 315 W COOK ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST JOHNS LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 130; Location: 430 W EMMETT ST; Grades: PK - 8)
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Library in Portage:

  • PORTAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $592,016; Location: 253 W. EDGEWATER ST.; 60,178 books; 8,370 e-books; 6,550 audio materials; 2,506 video materials; 28 state licensed databases; 10 other licensed databases; 164 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Hospital/medical center in Portage: * DIVINE SAVIOR HEALTHCARE (2817 New Pinery Rd. PO BOX 387)

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Notable locations in Portage: Portage Wastewater Treatment Plant (A), Zona Gale Breese Memorial Library (B), Zona Gable Center for the Arts (C), Portage Municipal Building (D), John Roche Building (E), Divine Savior Nursing Home (F), Columbia County Jail (G), Columbia County Courthouse (H), Portage Fire Department (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Northridge Mall Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Portage include: Bethlehem English Evangelical Lutheran Church (A), Bible Baptist Church (B), Cross of Christ Lutheran Church (C), First Church of Christ Scientist (D), Saint Johns Episcopal Church (E), Saint Johns Lutheran Church (F), Saint Marys Roman Catholic Church (G), Trinity United Church of Christ (H), Zion Evangelical Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Silver Lake Cemetery (1), Oak Grove Cemetery (2), Saint Marys Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Mud Lake (A), Silver Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Portage include: Blue Star Park (1), Collipp-Worden Park (2), Goodyear Park (3), Hamilton Street Park (4), Lincoln Park (5), Pauquette Park (6), Riverside Park (7), Sanborn Park (8), Sunrise Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Tourist attractions: Historic Indian Agency House (Museums; Agency House Rd), Museum at the Portage (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 804 Macfarlane Road).

Hotels: Best Western Resort Hotel & Conference Center (2701 County Road Cx), Bugeteer (811 East Wisconsin Street), Comfort Suites Portage (North 5780 Kinney Road), Day's Inn Motel (N5781 State Road 78), Days Inn (I90-94 N5781 Kinney Road), Best Western Rsrt Htl-Conf Ctr (2701 South Cx).

 
Columbia County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  Ozone  PM2.5

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 34.8. This is about average.
City:

34.8
U.S.:

32.0
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2004 was 1.51. This is significantly better than average. There were 13 monitors within city limits.
City:

1.51
U.S.:

3.63
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.75. This is about average. Closest monitor was 13.3 miles away from the city center.
City:

9.75
U.S.:

9.59

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

PRIDE OF AMERICA CPGD - MAIN OFFICE (Population served: 162, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
PRIDE OF AMERICA CMDG - WELL 2 (Population served: 162, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-1998 and DEC-1998, Contaminant: Nitrate-Nitrite. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-16-1998), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-16-1998), St Compliance achieved (AUG-14-1998)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
PRIDE OF AMERICA CPGD - RENTAL HOUSE SYSTEM (Population served: 132, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2004, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (MAY-20-2004), St Boil Water Order (MAY-20-2004), St Public Notif requested (MAY-20-2004), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-20-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-24-2004)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-1999, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (AUG-11-1999), St Public Notif requested (AUG-11-1999), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-11-1999), St Public Notif received (AUG-17-1999), St Compliance achieved (SEP-20-1999)
PORTAGE COUNTRY CLUB CLUBHOUSE (Population served: 104, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (SEP-13-2001), St Public Notif requested (SEP-13-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-13-2001), St Compliance achieved (SEP-26-2001), St Public Notif received (SEP-28-2001)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (AUG-22-2001), St Public Notif requested (AUG-22-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-22-2001), St Compliance achieved (SEP-06-2001)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (JUN-25-2001), St Public Notif requested (JUN-25-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-25-2001), St Public Notif received (JUN-28-2001), St Compliance achieved (JUL-16-2001)
LEVEE (Population served: 102, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2004, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-09-2004), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-09-2004), St Boil Water Order (SEP-09-2004), St Public Notif received (SEP-14-2004), St Compliance achieved (SEP-16-2004)
COUNTRY ACRES MOBILE HMS 1 (Population served: 45, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2002 and MAR-2002, Contaminant: Nitrate-Nitrite. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-17-2002), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-17-2002), St Public Notif issued (JAN-21-2002), St Public Notif received (FEB-18-2002), St Compliance achieved (2 times from JUN-01-2002 to JUN-01-2002)
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2000 and JUL-26-2000, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-12-2000), St Compliance achieved (JUL-26-2000)
  • CCR INADEQUATE REPORTING - Between JAN-10-2000 and JUL-26-2000, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-24-2000), St Compliance achieved (JUL-26-2000)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between OCT-19-1999 and JUL-26-2000, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-24-2000), St Compliance achieved (JUL-26-2000)
COUNTRY ACRES MOBILE HMS 2 (Population served: 41, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2000 and JUL-26-2000, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-12-2000), St Compliance achieved (JUL-26-2000)
  • CCR INADEQUATE REPORTING - Between JAN-10-2000 and JUL-26-2000, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-24-2000), St Compliance achieved (JUL-26-2000)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between OCT-19-1999 and JUL-26-2000, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-24-2000), St Compliance achieved (JUL-26-2000)
LAMP LITE MOTEL (Population served: 27, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Portage that have no violations reported:

  • LAKE MORGANNE MOBIL (Population served: 400, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PORTAGE SUPER STOP (Population served: 204, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PARADISE CITY (Population served: 104, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 17.9%
(16.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 56.8% for Black residents, 35.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 22.6% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  57.9%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  9.3%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Portage, WI

People in group quarters in Portage in 2010:

  • 818 people in state prisons
  • 211 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 79 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 16 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 3 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Portage in 2000:

  • 775 people in state prisons
  • 106 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 103 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 103 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 37 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 35 people in nursing homes
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

Portage compared to Wisconsin state average:

Portage, Wisconsin environmental map by EPA

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  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.


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Banks with branches in Portage (2011 data):

  • U.S. Bank National Association: Portage Northridge Branch at 2848 New Pinery Rd, branch established on 1985/01/24; Portage Downtown Branch at 238 West Wisconsin Street, branch established on 1874/05/04. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • The Baraboo National Bank: Portage Branch at 2830 New Pinery Road, branch established on 2004/06/30. Info updated 2009/03/26: Bank assets: $766.1 mil, Deposits: $684.2 mil, headquarters in Baraboo, WI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 16 total offices, Holding Company: Baraboo Bancorporation, Inc., The
  • Bank of Wisconsin Dells: Portage Branch at 2930 New Pinery Road, branch established on 1996/07/17. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $374.4 mil, Deposits: $323.2 mil, headquarters in Wisconsin Dells, WI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Dells Bancshares, Inc.
  • BMO Harris Bank National Association: Portage North Branch at 2851 New Pinery Road, branch established on 1995/04/03. Info updated 2011/07/14: Bank assets: $97,264.0 mil, Deposits: $75,624.6 mil, headquarters in Chicago, IL, positive income, 717 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of Montreal
  • Bank Mutual: 145 East Cook Street Branch at 145 East Cook Street, branch established on 1940/08/14. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $2,497.0 mil, Deposits: $2,046.0 mil, headquarters in Brown Deer, WI, negative income in the last year, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 79 total offices
  • Associated Bank, National Association: Portage Branch at 222 East Wisconsin Street, branch established on 1890/02/01. Info updated 2008/09/12: Bank assets: $21,715.0 mil, Deposits: $15,244.4 mil, headquarters in Green Bay, WI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 282 total offices, Holding Company: Associated Banc-Corp

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Portage, Wisconsin:

  • Super 8 Motel Portage, 3000 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI 53901 , Phone: (608) 742-8330, Fax: (608) 745-0167
  • Comfort Suites, N5780 Kinney Rd, Portage, WI 53901 , Phone: (608) 745-4717, Fax: (608) 745-1231
  • Days Inn Portage, N5781 Kinney Rd, Portage, WI 53901 , Phone: (608) 742-1554, Fax: (608) 742-1725
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Portage, Wisconsin

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Portage travel time to work - commute


Portage mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (66%)
  • Electricity (24%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

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Religion statistics for Portage city (based on Columbia County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 67.77%
Here67.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist Church
Adherents39.3%14.5%10.2%9.3%8.8%
Congregations12.3%12.3%11.0%4.1%13.7%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)LDS (Mormon) ChurchUnited Church of ChristAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents4.9%2.7%1.9%1.7%6.8%
Congregations13.7%4.1%2.7%5.5%20.5%
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: 10
Columbia County:

1.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.36 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 35
Columbia County:

6.35 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 68
This county:

12.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Columbia County:

7.3%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Columbia County:

26.8%
State:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.0%
State:

13.0%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 2$11,125$66,75010$8,081
Police Protection - Officers 22$89,317$48,7180$0
Police - Other 8$28,189$42,2846$2,810
Firefighters 6$25,583$51,16624$826
Fire - Other 1$2,989$35,8680$0
Streets and Highways 11$37,890$41,3350$0
Solid Waste Management 2$6,826$40,9560$0
Sewerage 4$14,765$44,2950$0
Parks and Recreation 5$17,597$42,23313$2,484
Water Supply 5$17,090$41,0160$0
Local Libraries 3$11,464$45,85610$6,859
Totals for Government 69$262,835$45,71063$21,060

Portage government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Air Transportation: $1,108,000 ($108.54)
    Parks & Recreation: $190,000 ($18.61)
    Housing & Community Development: $179,000 ($17.54)
    Regular Highways: $35,000 ($3.43)
    General Public Buildings: $13,000 ($1.27)
    General: $11,000 ($1.08)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,899,000 ($186.03)
    Sewerage: $1,366,000 ($133.82)
    Water Utilities: $1,135,000 ($111.19)
    Regular Highways: $953,000 ($93.36)
    Fire Protection: $805,000 ($78.86)
    Libraries: $512,000 ($50.16)
    Parks & Recreation: $471,000 ($46.14)
    Transit Utilities: $438,000 ($42.91)
    Housing & Community Development: $320,000 ($31.35)
    Solid Waste Management: $275,000 ($26.94)
    Central Staff Services: $256,000 ($25.08)
    Financial Administration: $219,000 ($21.45)
    General - Other: $196,000 ($19.20)
    Health Services - Other: $139,000 ($13.62)
    General Public Buildings: $107,000 ($10.48)
    Air Transportation: $84,000 ($8.23)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $32,000 ($3.13)
    Natural Resources - Other: $28,000 ($2.74)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $25,000 ($2.45)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $558,000 ($54.66)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $203,000 ($19.89)
    Regular Highways: $71,000 ($6.96)
    Police Protection: $59,000 ($5.78)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,136,000 ($307.21)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $155,000 ($15.18)

Portage government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,026,000 ($100.51)
    All Other: $438,000 ($42.91)
    Housing & Community Development: $104,000 ($10.19)
    Parks & Recreation: $56,000 ($5.49)
    Solid Waste Management: $14,000 ($1.37)
    Regular Highways: $7,000 ($0.69)
    Parking Facilities: $6,000 ($0.59)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $24,000 ($2.35)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $92,000 ($9.01)
    Highways: $2,000 ($0.20)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $487,000 ($47.71)
    Special Assessments: $251,000 ($24.59)
    General Revenue, NEC: $193,000 ($18.91)
    Rents: $87,000 ($8.52)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,077,000 ($105.51)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $2,253,000 ($220.71)
    All Other: $1,202,000 ($117.75)
    Highways: $596,000 ($58.39)
  • Tax - Property: $2,694,000 ($263.91)
    NEC: $172,000 ($16.85)
    Other Selective Sales: $102,000 ($9.99)

Portage government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $2,580,000 ($252.74)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $9,293,000 ($910.36)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $1,250,000 ($122.45)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $5,652,000 ($553.68)
    Full Faith & Credit - Water Utilities: $2,250,000 ($220.42)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $3,928,000 ($384.80)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $963,000 ($94.34)
    Water Utilities: $330,000 ($32.33)

Portage government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $12,377,000 ($1212.48)

8.26% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($37,942 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.26%
Wisconsin average:

6.06%

0.10% of residents moved from foreign countries ($206 average AGI)
Columbia County:

0.10%
Wisconsin average:

0.08%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Dane County, WI  3.07% ($41,524 average AGI)
from Sauk County, WI  0.77% ($35,185)
from Dodge County, WI  0.57% ($32,341)


7.90% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($35,017 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.90%
Wisconsin average:

6.22%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($134 average AGI)
Columbia County:

0.04%
Wisconsin average:

0.04%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dane County, WI  2.36% ($33,319 average AGI)
to Sauk County, WI  0.95% ($36,736)
to Dodge County, WI  0.60% ($33,819)

Strongest AM radio stations in Portage:

  • WPDR (1350 AM; 1 kW; PORTAGE, WI; Owner: ZOE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WTSO (1070 AM; 10 kW; MADISON, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WHBY (1150 AM; 25 kW; KIMBERLY, WI; Owner: WOODWARD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WLMV (1480 AM; 10 kW; MADISON, WI; Owner: MID-WEST MANAGEMENT, INC.)
  • WIBU (900 AM; 1 kW; WISCONSIN DELLS, WI; Owner: MAGNUM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WTDY (1670 AM; 10 kW; MADISON, WI; Owner: MID-WEST MANAGEMENT, INC.)
  • WHFA (1240 AM; 1 kW; POYNETTE, WI; Owner: STARBOARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WNWC (1190 AM; daytime; 5 kW; SUN PRAIRIE, WI; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WHA (970 AM; 5 kW; MADISON, WI; Owner: BOARD REGENTS OF UNIV OF WI SYSTEM)

Strongest FM radio stations in Portage:

  • WDDC (100.1 FM; PORTAGE, WI; Owner: ZOE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WOLX-FM (94.9 FM; BARABOO, WI; Owner: ENTERCOM MADISON LICENSE, LLC.)
  • WBKY (95.9 FM; PORTAGE, WI; Owner: MAGNUM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WERN (88.7 FM; MADISON, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WCJZ (96.3 FM; SAUK CITY, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WIBA-FM (101.5 FM; MADISON, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNNO-FM (106.9 FM; WISCONSIN DELLS, WI; Owner: MAGNUM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WZEE (104.1 FM; MADISON, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WORT (89.9 FM; MADISON, WI; Owner: BACK PORCH RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WNFM (104.9 FM; REEDSBURG, WI; Owner: NEWRADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WJWD (90.3 FM; MARSHALL, WI; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • WBDL (102.9 FM; REEDSBURG, WI; Owner: NEWRADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WTLX (100.5 FM; COLUMBUS, WI; Owner: GOOD KARMA BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WMAD-FM (92.1 FM; SUN PRAIRIE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBZU (105.1 FM; WAUNAKEE, WI; Owner: ENTERCOM MADISON LICENSE, LLC.)

TV broadcast stations around Portage:

  • WISC-TV (Channel 3; MADISON, WI; Owner: TELEVISION WISCONSIN, INC.)
  • WMSN-TV (Channel 47; MADISON, WI; Owner: WMSN LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WKOW-TV (Channel 27; MADISON, WI; Owner: WKOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WHA-TV (Channel 21; MADISON, WI; Owner: BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIV. OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM)
  • WMTV (Channel 15; MADISON, WI; Owner: GRAY MIDAMERICA TV LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WDLS-LP (Channel 35; TOMAH, WI; Owner: MAGNUM RADIO, INC.)
  • WWRS-TV (Channel 52; MAYVILLE, WI; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
  • W58CO (Channel 58; SAULT STE. MARIE, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Portage, Wisconsin:
  • Fatal accident count: 22
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 34
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 6
  • Fatalities: 23
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 56
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 5
Wisconsin average:
  • Fatal accident count: 85
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 128
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 36
  • Fatalities: 93
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 212
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 12

See more detailed statistics of Portage fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 15
Total length: 146 meters (479ft)
Total costs: $2,430,000
Total average daily traffic: 98,809
Total average daily truck traffic: 6,093

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1950-1959: 2
  • 1960-1969: 7
  • 1970-1979: 1
  • 1980-1989: 0
  • 1990-1999: 5
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Portage, WI



Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED29$111,35117$108,965130$118,54910$61,4670$08$93,1211$24,960
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$154,4303$132,11011$122,6150$00$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED3$105,7306$66,73043$122,6046$37,7371$153,3102$111,3752$22,910
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN4$100,5551$109,58029$116,7581$51,2900$02$63,6150$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$61,3300$05$127,0461$43,4900$00$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 9704.00 , 9705.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2$147,0803$151,133
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$142,4001$61,880
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$109,280
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$70,250
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 9704.00 , 9705.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 69
  • Hazardous Condition: 120
  • Good Intent Call: 2

Incident types - Portage


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Portage, WI

Most common first names in Portage, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William10576.4 years
Robert9570.1 years
John9577.7 years
Mary8880.7 years
Charles7075.6 years
Margaret6183.3 years
Helen5977.0 years
George5975.9 years
Edward5474.7 years
James5468.3 years
Most common last names in Portage, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson5079.0 years
Smith3677.2 years
Schultz2976.3 years
Miller2077.9 years
Kleist2076.9 years
Paske1776.7 years
Taylor1780.3 years
Mcmahon1684.8 years
Koch1683.0 years
Atkinson1681.4 years
Businesses in Portage, WI
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Lane Furniture1
AutoZone1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Best Western1McDonald's1
Comfort Suites1Nike2
Curves1Penske1
Dairy Queen2Pizza Hut1
Days Inn1RadioShack1
Fashion Bug1Sears1
FedEx4Staples1
GNC1Subway2
Goodwill4Super 81
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
Haagen-Dazs1U-Haul1
Jimmy John's1UPS4
KFC1Walgreens1
Kmart1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy1Wendy's1
Browse common businesses in Portage, WI

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