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Portage County, Wisconsin (WI)

County population in 2014: 70,482 (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: 87 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Portage County: 80.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (27.4%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (13.1%), Manufacturing (13.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.2%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 31%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Portage County, Wisconsin:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (92.7%)
  • Asian alone (2.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  35.0 years
Wisconsin median age:  38.0 years
Males: 35,215  (50.0%)
Females: 35,267  (50.0%)
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Portage County,WI real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Portage County:

2.0 people
Wisconsin:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $49,872 ($43,487 in 1999)

This county:

$49872
Wisconsin:

$51467

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $573 (lower quartile is $429, upper quartile is $655)
This county:

$573
State:

$644


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $149,800 (it was $98,200 in 2000)
Portage:

$149,800
Wisconsin:

$163,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $101,000 - $207,100
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,229
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $460

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:

  • 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

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,741 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,453 (1.7%)

Portage County household income distribution in 2009 Portage County home values distribution Portage County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.7%
(13.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.3% for Black residents, 44.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 64.2% for American Indian residents, 37.6% for other race residents, 17.3% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.7%
Portage County:

14.7%
Wisconsin:

13.5%
(13.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.1% for Black residents, 46.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 73.2% for American Indian residents, 38.3% for other race residents, 17.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 36 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 36 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 24 years old, Asian residents: 27 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 57 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 September 2015:
Here:

3.4%
Wisconsin:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 8,526
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 23.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,458 (43% naturalized citizens)

Portage County:

2.2%
Whole state:

3.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 419
  • 1990 to 1994: 270
  • 1985 to 1989: 201
  • 1980 to 1984: 160
  • 1975 to 1979: 82
  • 1970 to 1974: 28
  • 1970 to 1974: 58
  • 1965 to 1969: 240

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: 18,534
  • One, attached: 630
  • Two: 1,699
  • 3 or 4: 1,141
  • 5 to 9: 1,372
  • 10 to 19: 621
  • 20 or more: 772
  • Mobile homes: 1,788
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 32

Housing units in Portage County with a mortgage: 8,603 (1,072 second mortgage, 1,644 home equity loan, 31 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,485

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

68.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Portage County

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 slightly above Wisconsin state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 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, Depth: 8.9 mi, 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 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 328.6 miles away from the county center
On 9/2/1999 at 16:17:29, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 191.3 miles away from Portage County center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 424.7 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:

  • WisconsinSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 22, 2010 to October 9, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1944): October 21, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1944, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • WisconsinHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3249): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3249, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • WisconsinSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 7, 2004 to July 3, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1526): June 18, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1526, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • WisconsinSevere Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: September 2, 2002 to September 6, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1432): September 10, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1432, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • WisconsinSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: June 21, 2002 to June 25, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1429): July 19, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1429, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • WisconsinFlooding, Incident Period: April 10, 2001 to July 6, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1369): May 11, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1369, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • WisconsinFlooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 7, 1993 to August 25, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-994): July 2, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-994, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • WisconsinDrought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared (EM-3014): June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3014, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • WisconsinSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: April 27, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-376): April 27, 1973, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-376, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Portage County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Laos (21%)
  • Mexico (12%)
  • Thailand (11%)
  • Korea (6%)
  • Poland (5%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Canada (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Portage County (%):

  • Polish (33%)
  • German (32%)
  • Norwegian (5%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • United States or American (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Portage County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 27,549 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 3,221 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 94 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 22 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 15 (0%)
  • Railroad: 5 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 8 (0%)
  • Taxi: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 12 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 527 (2%)
  • Walked: 1,958 (6%)
  • Other means: 178 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 1,492 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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 $55,876.

5.29% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,048 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.29%
Wisconsin average:

5.10%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.91% relocated from other counties in Wisconsin ($22,320 average AGI)
1.38% relocated from other states ($11,728 average AGI)
Portage County:

1.38%
Wisconsin average:

1.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Wood County, WI  0.61% ($36,297 average AGI)
from Marathon County, WI  0.57% ($27,442)
from Dane County, WI  0.31% ($37,250)
from Waupaca County, WI  0.30% ($31,889)
from Waushara County, WI  0.18% ($30,021)
from Milwaukee County, WI  0.15% ($26,512)
from Winnebago County, WI  0.14% ($22,649)


5.84% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,481 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.84%
Wisconsin average:

5.34%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.03% relocated to other counties in Wisconsin ($21,970 average AGI)
1.80% relocated to other states ($12,511 average AGI)
Portage County:

1.80%
Wisconsin average:

2.00%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Wood County, WI  0.68% ($29,123 average AGI)
to Marathon County, WI  0.53% ($34,958)
to Dane County, WI  0.44% ($31,868)
to Waupaca County, WI  0.29% ($38,675)
to Milwaukee County, WI  0.22% ($27,443)
to Outagamie County, WI  0.18% ($26,040)
to Brown County, WI  0.17% ($24,043)

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 2014: 7.1

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 live births in Portage County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Portage County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population 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 hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Portage County, Wisconsin in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (626)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (456)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (446)
  • Unspecified dementia (371)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (269)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (263)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (253)
  • Congestive heart failure (220)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (147)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (133)

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: 6312.540
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 181.120
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 22652.1

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1023.900
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 690.980
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.88

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 54.05
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 66.58

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11.84

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: 66,510
  • In family households: 51,653 (13,382 male householders, 3,888 female householders)
    14,155 spouses, 17,487 children (16,365 natural, 426 adopted, 696 stepchildren), 535 grandchildren, 378 brothers or sisters, 259 parents, 252 other relatives, 1,152 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 14,857 (5,272 male householders (3,578 living alone)), 5,272 female householders (3,981 living alone)), 4,313 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 3,509 (327 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 8,430 2-persons, 3,682 3-persons, 3,183 4-persons, 1,302 5-persons, 414 6-persons, 259 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 7,559 1-person, 2,218 2-persons, 421 3-persons, 215 4-persons, 77 5-persons, 37 6-persons, 17 7-or-more-persons.

12,680 married couples with children.
2,724 single-parent households (774 men, 1,950 women).

93.6% of residents of Portage County speak English at home.
1.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
3.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (67% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
1.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (41% speak English very well, 35% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $259,580,000 ($3854 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:

6.2
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 150
  • 2000 to 2004: 4,475
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,969
  • 1980 to 1989: 3,611
  • 1970 to 1979: 5,002
  • 1960 to 1969: 2,774
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,222
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,369
  • 1939 or earlier: 5,621
Rooms in houses/apartments in Portage County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 103
  • 3 rooms: 354
  • 4 rooms: 1,453
  • 5 rooms: 4,026
  • 6 rooms: 4,308
  • 7 rooms: 3,107
  • 8 rooms: 2,106
  • 9+ rooms: 2,286
  • 1 room: 190
  • 2 rooms: 533
  • 3 rooms: 1,272
  • 4 rooms: 2,567
  • 5 rooms: 1,409
  • 6 rooms: 625
  • 7 rooms: 332
  • 8 rooms: 169
  • 9+ rooms: 192
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Portage County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 37
  • 1 bedroom: 356
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,090
  • 3 bedrooms: 10,004
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,524
  • 5+ bedrooms: 740
  • no bedroom: 217
  • 1 bedroom: 1,608
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,527
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,470
  • 4 bedrooms: 295
  • 5+ bedrooms: 172
Cars and other vehicles available in Portage County, Wisconsin in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 555
  • 1 vehicle: 4,050
  • 2 vehicles: 8,536
  • 3 vehicles: 3,350
  • 4 vehicles: 906
  • 5+ vehicles: 354
  • no vehicle: 886
  • 1 vehicle: 3,382
  • 2 vehicles: 2,283
  • 3 vehicles: 535
  • 4 vehicles: 126
  • 5+ vehicles: 77

57% of Portage County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 50% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Wisconsin.

Portage County:

56.5%
State average:

57.2%

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

  • This state: 53824
  • Northeast: 860
  • Midwest: 8002
  • South: 1367
  • West: 1439

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $104,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Portage County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (62.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9.6%)
  • Wood (6.7%)
  • Electricity (2.2%)
  • Utility gas (54.8%)
  • Electricity (30.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.5%)
  • Other fuel (2.3%)
  • Wood (0.9%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 873
Here:

11.9%
Wisconsin:

16.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 243
Here:

6.1%
Wisconsin:

9.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 163
Here:

2.1%
Wisconsin:

18.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Portage County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $136,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $3,509,000
    Parks and Recreation: $605,000
    General Public Buildings: $534,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $105,000
    Correctional Institutions: $81,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $34,130,000
    Regular Highways: $11,821,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $8,032,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $5,798,000
    Police Protection: $5,502,000
    General - Other: $3,379,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,276,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,081,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,996,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,859,000
    Financial Administration: $1,856,000
    Libraries: $1,609,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,249,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,222,000
    Air Transportation: $1,216,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,107,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $320,000
    Local Fire Protection: $5,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $637,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $178,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $24,537,000

Portage County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $10,510,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,110,000
    Air Transportation: $1,216,000
    Parks and Recreation: $241,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $87,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $2,029,000
    All Other: $162,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $797,000
    Highways: $477,000
  • Miscellaneous - Sale of Property: $2,197,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,670,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $344,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $225,000
    Rents: $72,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $68,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $29,031,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,928,000
    Highways: $4,859,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,557,000
    All Other: $1,945,000
    Education: $30,000
  • Tax - Property: $19,359,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $4,674,000
    NEC: $308,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $150,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $136,000
    Other License: $121,000

Portage County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,443,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,362,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,081,000

Portage County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,340,000

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
Portage County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Portage County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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