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Portage County, Wisconsin (WI)

County population in 2019: 70,772 (64% urban, 36% rural); it was 67,182 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 12,416
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 6,835
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 17,751
Renter-occupied apartments: 8,563 (it was 7,289 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

32%

Land area: 806 sq. mi.

Water area: 16.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 88 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Portage County: 79.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (19.7%), Educational, health and social services (17.9%), Retail trade (11.5%), Manufacturing (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 57%
  • Government: 10%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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  • Races in Portage County, WI (2019)
    • 64,28995.7%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,3773.5%Hispanic or Latino
    • 2,1673.2%Asian alone
    • 1,0541.6%Two or more races
    • 5660.8%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2420.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1250.2%Some other race alone
    • 90.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

38.3 years
Wisconsin median age:

39.9 years
Males: 35,400  (50.0%)
Females: 35,372  (50.0%)
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Average household size:
Portage County:

2.0 people
Wisconsin:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $56,358 ($43,487 in 1999)
This county:

$56,358
Wisconsin:

$64,168

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $694 (lower quartile is $542, upper quartile is $828)
This county:

$694
State:

$746


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $180,300 (it was $98,200 in 2000)
Portage:

$180,300
Wisconsin:

$197,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $121,500 - $255,800

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $220,410
Here:

$220,410
State:

$243,674

Townhouses or other attached units: $188,437
Here:

$188,437
State:

$212,164

In 2-unit structures: $183,030
Here:

$183,030
State:

$191,549

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $317,551
Here:

$317,551
State:

$204,140

Mobile homes: $34,739
Here:

$34,739
State:

$56,469

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,170
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $494

Institutionalized population: 327

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 6
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 7
  • Burglaries: 116
  • Thefts: 246
  • Auto thefts: 15

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 6
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 7
  • Burglaries: 95
  • Thefts: 201
  • Auto thefts: 20
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 287 buildings, average cost: $104,000
  • 1998: 316 buildings, average cost: $114,900
  • 1999: 285 buildings, average cost: $122,400
  • 2000: 299 buildings, average cost: $127,800
  • 2001: 286 buildings, average cost: $136,000
  • 2002: 310 buildings, average cost: $139,900
  • 2003: 322 buildings, average cost: $156,900
  • 2004: 314 buildings, average cost: $161,200
  • 2005: 303 buildings, average cost: $167,000
  • 2006: 256 buildings, average cost: $201,200
  • 2007: 226 buildings, average cost: $185,900
  • 2008: 148 buildings, average cost: $187,400
  • 2009: 137 buildings, average cost: $169,800
  • 2010: 123 buildings, average cost: $226,700
  • 2011: 83 buildings, average cost: $186,600
  • 2012: 103 buildings, average cost: $208,000
  • 2013: 114 buildings, average cost: $214,700
  • 2014: 104 buildings, average cost: $242,600
  • 2015: 129 buildings, average cost: $222,100
  • 2016: 138 buildings, average cost: $239,300
  • 2017: 145 buildings, average cost: $248,500
  • 2018: 147 buildings, average cost: $279,600
  • 2019: 142 buildings, average cost: $275,200
Number of permits per 10,000 Portage, WI residents
Average permit cost in Portage, WI
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,910 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $2,678 (1.5%)

Distribution of median household income in Portage, WI in 2019
Distribution of house value in Portage, WI in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Portage, WI in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 13.0%
Portage County:

13.0%
Wisconsin:

10.4%
(11.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 23.9% for Black residents, 19.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 36.2% for American Indian residents, 27.0% for other race residents, 9.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 38.3 years old
(Males: 36.8 years old, Females: 40.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40.2 years old, Black residents: 23.5 years old, American Indian residents: 35.8 years old, Asian residents: 26.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20.9 years old, Other race residents: 18.4 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Portage County is $455 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $543 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $719 a month.

Cities in this county include: Stevens Point, Plover, Hull, Stockton, Grant, Whiting, Lanark, Carson, Linwood, Dewey.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Portage County: Camp Peterson (A), Pleasant Valley Cranberry Marsh (B), The Ridges Golf Course (C), Westview Country Club (D), Berryland Farm (E), Richfield Rural Fire Department (F), Rock Township Fire Rescue Station (G), Sherry Township Fire Department (H), Lincoln Township Fire Department (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Churches in Portage County include: Grace Church (A), Reformed Church (B), Bethany Church (C), Trinity Church (D), Salem Church (E), Church of God (F), North Arpin Church (G), Saint Johns Church (H), Holy Rosary Catholic Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Philomena Cemetery (1), North Auburndale Cemetery (2), Reformed Cemetery (3), Arpin Cemetery (4), Auburndale Cemetery (5), Richfield Cemetery (6), Rock Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Ross Lake (A), Grass Lake (B), Lake 10-6 (C), North, South, and West Gallagher Flowages 16 (D), Lake Kaunewinne (E), Corner, Middle Marshes Reservoir (F), Bullgrass Flowage (G), Lake 34 13 and Lake 34 15 45 (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: South Branch Yellow River (A), Puff Creek (B), Beaver Creek (C), Tenmile Creek (D), Mosquito Creek (E), Hemlock Creek (F), Hay Creek (G), Harvey Creek (H), Kurt Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Portage County include: Dexter County Park (1), Powers Bluff Maple Woods State Natural Area (2), Ebbe Park (3), North Wood County Park (4), Powers Bluff County Park (5), Restlawn Memorial Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Adams County , Blue Earth County, Minnesota , Meade County, South Dakota , Trempealeau County , Ramsey County, Minnesota , Redwood County, Minnesota .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.0%
Wisconsin:

4.5%

Unemployment by year in Portage, WI
County total employment by year in Portage, WI
County average yearly wages by year in Portage, WI

Current college students: 8,526
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 94.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 35.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,640 (38.9% naturalized citizens)

Portage County:

3.7%
Whole state:

5.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1,2732010 or later
  • 6402000 to 2009
  • 4501990 to 1999
  • 3611980 to 1989
  • 1101970 to 1979
  • 298Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 81.0%

Portage County marital status for males Portage County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 21,124
  • One, attached: 626
  • Two: 1,988
  • 3 or 4: 1,275
  • 5 to 9: 1,787
  • 10 to 19: 1,646
  • 20 to 49: 159
  • 50 or more: 654
  • Mobile homes: 1,988

Housing units in Portage County with a mortgage: 12,327 (109 second mortgage, 1,423 home equity loan, 107 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 7,803

Here:

63.2% with mortgage
State:

62.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Portage County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic28,52016
Evangelical Protestant6,39035
Mainline Protestant5,68717
Other3926
None29,030-
Portage County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Portage County:

1.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 24
Portage County:

3.51 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 67
This county:

9.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Portage County:

6.9%
Wisconsin:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Portage County:

28.1%
State:

27.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.6%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Portage County:

Average size of farms: 244 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $116,081
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $538.21
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.79%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 28.68%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $93,477
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 63.03%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 49.98%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $97,225
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.30%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 14.97
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 31.84%
Corn for grain: 35184 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 331 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 9596 harvested acres
Vegetables: 44,888 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 36 acres

Tornado activity:

Portage County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Wisconsin state average. It is 5432266.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 33 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/7/1964, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 14 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Portage County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Wisconsin state average. It is 1% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 211.7 miles away from Portage County center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 425.9 miles away from the county center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 400.9 miles away from the county center
On 2/10/2010 at 09:59:35, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 181.6 miles away from the county center
On 5/2/2015 at 16:23:07, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 2.8 mi) earthquake occurred 258.1 miles away from Portage County center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 425.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Wisconsin Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4520-WI: April 4, 2020, FEMA Id: 4520, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, And Flooding, Incident Period: July 18, 2019 - July 20, 2019, FEMA Id: 4459, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 22, 2010 to October 09, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1944: October 21, 2010, FEMA Id: 1944, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Wisconsin Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3249: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3249, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 07, 2004 to July 03, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1526: June 18, 2004, FEMA Id: 1526, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: September 02, 2002 to September 06, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1432: September 10, 2002, FEMA Id: 1432, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: June 21, 2002 to June 25, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1429: July 19, 2002, FEMA Id: 1429, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Wisconsin Flooding, Incident Period: April 10, 2001 to July 06, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1369: May 11, 2001, FEMA Id: 1369, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Wisconsin Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 07, 1993 to August 25, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-994: July 02, 1993, FEMA Id: 994, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Drought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared EM-3014: June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: 3014, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • 1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Portage County (11) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Portage

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 30,533 (78.6%)
  • Carpooled: 3,648 (9.4%)
  • Bus: 367 (0.9%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 482 (1.2%)
  • Bicycle: 527 (1.4%)
  • Walked: 1,726 (4.4%)
  • Worked at home: 1,584 (4.1%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (10%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • India (15%)
  • Mexico (13%)
  • Laos (11%)
  • Thailand (8%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Greece (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Portage County


  • Polish (29%)
  • German (23%)
  • American (9%)
  • Norwegian (3%)
  • European (3%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • English (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Portage County, Wisconsin in 2000:

  • 2,818 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 301 people in nursing homes
  • 128 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 110 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 69 people in religious group quarters
  • 33 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 24 people in other group homes
  • 15 people in halfway houses
  • 13 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 11 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 10 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 5 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 4 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

People in group quarters in Portage County, Wisconsin in 2010:

  • 3,009 people in college/university student housing
  • 234 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 77 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 66 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 63 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 24 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 20 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 9 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 7 people in correctional residential facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $65,735.

5.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($44,033 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.49%
Wisconsin average:

5.63%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.23% relocated from other counties in Wisconsin ($30,932 average AGI)
1.26% relocated from other states ($13,101 average AGI)
Portage County:

1.26%
Wisconsin average:

1.91%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Wood County, WI  0.92% ($40,185 average AGI)
from Marathon County, WI  0.65% ($53,335)
from Waupaca County, WI  0.34% ($30,667)
from Dane County, WI  0.27% ($46,921)
from Waushara County, WI  0.19% ($27,691)
from Outagamie County, WI  0.16% ($40,591)
from Milwaukee County, WI  0.15% ($32,810)


6.32% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($47,062 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.32%
Wisconsin average:

5.85%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.59% relocated to other counties in Wisconsin ($30,008 average AGI)
1.73% relocated to other states ($17,054 average AGI)
Portage County:

1.73%
Wisconsin average:

2.13%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Wood County, WI  0.95% ($38,967 average AGI)
to Marathon County, WI  0.70% ($46,945)
to Waupaca County, WI  0.37% ($44,571)
to Dane County, WI  0.36% ($44,524)
to Milwaukee County, WI  0.22% ($33,703)
to Outagamie County, WI  0.19% ($42,623)
to Winnebago County, WI  0.18% ($43,569)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Births per 1000 population in Portage County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 7.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Portage County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.7

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Portage County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 6.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Portage County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Portage County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Portage County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Portage County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Portage County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Portage County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 9,667 (8,338 aged, 1,329 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 748 (5%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Portage County, Wisconsin in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (833)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (573)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (560)
  • Unspecified dementia (444)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (391)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (380)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (311)
  • Congestive heart failure (268)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (108)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (78)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.48
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6,313
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 181
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 22,652

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,024
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 691
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 54
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 67

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 99.5. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 50.8
  • Other - 48.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 70,772
  • Male householders: 14,738 (4,522 living alone), Female householders: 14,325 (4,501 living alone)
  • 13,350 spouses (13,350 opposite-sex spouses), 3,355 unmarried partners, (3,222 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 16,754 children (15,836 natural, 187 adopted, 731 stepchildren), 571 grandchildren, 140 brothers or sisters, 402 parents, 62 foster children, 301 other relatives, 3,588 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 3,186

Size of family households: 8,316 2-persons, 3,151 3-persons, 2,557 4-persons, 1,423 5-persons, 457 6-persons, 433 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 9,023 1-person, 3,209 2-persons, 213 3-persons, 249 4-persons, 32 5-persons.

8,892 married couples with children.
2,547 single-parent households (555 men, 1,992 women).

93.8% of residents of Portage speak English at home.
2.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
2.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (89% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
1.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $259,580,000 ($3,854 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $7,546,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $126,573,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $56,172,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,927,000
Federal grants: $52,519,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,690,000 ($161,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $16,699,000 ($3,906,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $668,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,981,000
Federal Government insurance: $41,452,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 3,910
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,254
Here:

33 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +330
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,520
Here -22 per 1000 residents
State +3 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Portage County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 8.73 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.2

Year house built in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • Year house built in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • 1,0382014 or later
  • 8652010 to 2013
  • 3,7332000 to 2009
  • 4,7031990 to 1999
  • 4,3581980 to 1989
  • 5,5521970 to 1979
  • 2,1181960 to 1969
  • 2,1251950 to 1959
  • 1,4691940 to 1949
  • 5,2861939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Portage County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • 01 room
  • 522 rooms
  • 2013 rooms
  • 1,6984 rooms
  • 3,3205 rooms
  • 4,1956 rooms
  • 3,8667 rooms
  • 2,6178 rooms
  • 4,1819+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • 4951 room
  • 7312 rooms
  • 1,8023 rooms
  • 2,9864 rooms
  • 1,5465 rooms
  • 1,0146 rooms
  • 2767 rooms
  • 418 rooms
  • 429+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Portage County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • 17no bedroom
  • 7381 bedroom
  • 3,2722 bedrooms
  • 10,5473 bedrooms
  • 4,4584 bedrooms
  • 1,0985+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Portage County, Wisconsin
  • 495no bedroom
  • 1,8161 bedroom
  • 4,6022 bedrooms
  • 1,4923 bedrooms
  • 5114 bedrooms
  • 175+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Portage County, Wisconsin in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Portage County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Portage County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 421no vehicle
  • 5,9931 vehicle
  • 7,7262 vehicles
  • 3,8873 vehicles
  • 1,3384 vehicles
  • 7655+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Portage County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Portage County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,769no vehicle
  • 3,7381 vehicle
  • 3,0592 vehicles
  • 3053 vehicles
  • 94 vehicles
  • 535+ vehicles

81.9% of Portage County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 34% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 85% lived in Wisconsin.

Portage County:

81.9%
State average:

86.0%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 53,874
  • Other state: 13,777
  • Northeast: 1,151
  • Midwest: 9,947
  • South: 1,281
  • West: 1,398
Year householders moved into unit in Portage County, WI
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Portage County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 62.9%Utility gas
  • 20.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 8.2%Wood
  • 6.0%Electricity
  • 1.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.1%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 51.7%Utility gas
  • 38.5%Electricity
  • 4.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.4%No fuel used
  • 0.9%Other fuel
  • 0.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%Wood

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 834
Here:

14.3%
Wisconsin:

14.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 547
Here:

18.0%
Wisconsin:

9.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 32
Here:

0.5%
Wisconsin:

17.6%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Portage County government finances - Expenditure in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $11,250,000
    Air Transportation: $2,915,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,024,000
    Parks and Recreation: $387,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $279,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $3,908,000
    Health - Other: $274,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $214,000
    Parks and Recreation: $204,000
    General Public Buildings: $58,000
    Correctional Institutions: $34,000
    Libraries: $34,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $6,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $75,200,000
    Regular Highways: $13,654,000
    Health - Other: $10,840,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $7,395,000
    Police Protection: $7,306,000
    Correctional Institutions: $4,336,000
    General - Other: $3,468,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,836,000
    Financial Administration: $2,701,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,356,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,947,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,699,000
    Libraries: $1,625,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,389,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,203,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $334,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $26,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $248,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $601,000
    Highways: $229,000
    Public Welfare: $7,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,300,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,460,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,375,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,535,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $423,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $368,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $360,000
    Sale of Property: $307,000
    Rents: $164,000
    Interest Earnings: $0
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,470,000
    Central Staff Services: $80,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $5,577,000
    Highways: $5,136,000
    Health and Hospitals: $4,434,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,694,000
    Other: $1,515,000
    Education: $944,000
  • Tax - Property: $26,053,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $6,291,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $241,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $182,000
    Other License: $171,000
    Other: $5,000

Portage County government finances - Revenue in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $11,250,000
    Air Transportation: $2,915,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,024,000
    Parks and Recreation: $387,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $279,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $3,908,000
    Health - Other: $274,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $214,000
    Parks and Recreation: $204,000
    General Public Buildings: $58,000
    Correctional Institutions: $34,000
    Libraries: $34,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $6,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $75,200,000
    Regular Highways: $13,654,000
    Health - Other: $10,840,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $7,395,000
    Police Protection: $7,306,000
    Correctional Institutions: $4,336,000
    General - Other: $3,468,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,836,000
    Financial Administration: $2,701,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,356,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,947,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,699,000
    Libraries: $1,625,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,389,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,203,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $334,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $26,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $248,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $601,000
    Highways: $229,000
    Public Welfare: $7,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,300,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,460,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,375,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,535,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $423,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $368,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $360,000
    Sale of Property: $307,000
    Rents: $164,000
    Interest Earnings: $0
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,470,000
    Central Staff Services: $80,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $5,577,000
    Highways: $5,136,000
    Health and Hospitals: $4,434,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,694,000
    Other: $1,515,000
    Education: $944,000
  • Tax - Property: $26,053,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $6,291,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $241,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $182,000
    Other License: $171,000
    Other: $5,000

Portage County government finances - Debt in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $11,250,000
    Air Transportation: $2,915,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,024,000
    Parks and Recreation: $387,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $279,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $3,908,000
    Health - Other: $274,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $214,000
    Parks and Recreation: $204,000
    General Public Buildings: $58,000
    Correctional Institutions: $34,000
    Libraries: $34,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $6,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $75,200,000
    Regular Highways: $13,654,000
    Health - Other: $10,840,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $7,395,000
    Police Protection: $7,306,000
    Correctional Institutions: $4,336,000
    General - Other: $3,468,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,836,000
    Financial Administration: $2,701,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,356,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,947,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,699,000
    Libraries: $1,625,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,389,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,203,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $334,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $26,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $248,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $601,000
    Highways: $229,000
    Public Welfare: $7,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,300,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,460,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,375,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,535,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $423,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $368,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $360,000
    Sale of Property: $307,000
    Rents: $164,000
    Interest Earnings: $0
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,470,000
    Central Staff Services: $80,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $5,577,000
    Highways: $5,136,000
    Health and Hospitals: $4,434,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,694,000
    Other: $1,515,000
    Education: $944,000
  • Tax - Property: $26,053,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $6,291,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $241,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $182,000
    Other License: $171,000
    Other: $5,000

Portage County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $11,250,000
    Air Transportation: $2,915,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,024,000
    Parks and Recreation: $387,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $279,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $3,908,000
    Health - Other: $274,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $214,000
    Parks and Recreation: $204,000
    General Public Buildings: $58,000
    Correctional Institutions: $34,000
    Libraries: $34,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $6,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $75,200,000
    Regular Highways: $13,654,000
    Health - Other: $10,840,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $7,395,000
    Police Protection: $7,306,000
    Correctional Institutions: $4,336,000
    General - Other: $3,468,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,836,000
    Financial Administration: $2,701,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,356,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,947,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,699,000
    Libraries: $1,625,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,389,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,203,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $334,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $26,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $248,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $601,000
    Highways: $229,000
    Public Welfare: $7,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,300,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,460,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,375,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,535,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $423,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $368,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $360,000
    Sale of Property: $307,000
    Rents: $164,000
    Interest Earnings: $0
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,470,000
    Central Staff Services: $80,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $5,577,000
    Highways: $5,136,000
    Health and Hospitals: $4,434,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,694,000
    Other: $1,515,000
    Education: $944,000
  • Tax - Property: $26,053,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $6,291,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $241,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $182,000
    Other License: $171,000
    Other: $5,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 853
  • Number of aged recipients: 142
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 711
  • Number of recipients under 18: 109
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 516
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 228
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 395
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 326
Most common first names in Portage County, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John41976.6 years
Mary32381.5 years
Frank23081.2 years
Joseph22577.9 years
Helen21181.5 years
William19776.1 years
Robert18770.7 years
Edward18676.1 years
Anna14983.7 years
James14766.7 years
Most common last names in Portage County, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson8578.0 years
Glodowski7275.0 years
Miller6573.3 years
Anderson6179.6 years
Hintz5875.0 years
Smith5278.1 years
Peterson5274.3 years
Firkus4578.2 years
Pliska4076.7 years
Schultz3778.4 years
Businesses in Portage County, WI
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1Kmart1
AT&T1Kohl's1
Advance Auto Parts1La Quinta1
AmericInn1La-Z-Boy2
Applebee's1Lane Furniture1
Arby's3Little Caesars Pizza1
Ashley Furniture1Lowe's1
AutoZone1MasterBrand Cabinets7
Bath & Body Works1Maurices1
Best Western1McDonald's4
Burger King1Menards1
Carson Pirie Scott1Nike7
Chevrolet1Nissan1
Cold Stone Creamery1Penske1
Comfort Inn1Pizza Hut2
Comfort Suites1RadioShack1
Curves1Ramada1
Dairy Queen1Sears1
Domino's Pizza1Slumberland1
Econo Lodge1Sprint Nextel1
Fashion Bug1Starbucks2
FedEx4Subway7
Ford1Super 81
GNC1Taco Bell3
GameStop1Target1
H&R Block3Toyota1
Hardee's3U-Haul6
Hilton1U.S. Cellular3
Holiday Inn2UPS10
Honda1Volkswagen1
Hyundai1Walgreens3
IHOP1Walmart1
Jimmy John's1Wendy's1
Jones New York1YMCA1
KFC2