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Portage township, MI map Land area: 112.6 sq. mi.
Water area: 3.9 sq. mi.
Population: 3,156 (33% urban, 67% rural)
Males: 1,677  (53.1%)
Females: 1,479  (46.9%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 3,134 (2,550 owner occupied, 584 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

26%


Races in Portage township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 95.6%
  • Black: 0.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4%
  • Asian: 2.1%
  • Two or more races: 0.9%
  • Some other race: 0.1%

Median age of males: 36.4
Median age of females: 38.0

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Average household size: 2.49

Portage township:

2.5 people
Michigan:

2.6 people

Average family size: 3.04

Estimated median household income in 2009: $33,515 ($33,080 in 1999)
This township:

$33,515
Michigan:

$45,255

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $452 (lower quartile is $350, upper quartile is $487)
Here:

$452
State:

$591

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $90,748 (it was $69,200 in 2000)
Portage township:

$90,748
Michigan:

$132,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $62,861 - $157,032

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $131,511
Here:

$131,511
State:

$168,888

Mobile homes: $72,840
Here:

$72,840
State:

$39,606
Population density: 28 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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

14.2%
Whole state:

10.5%

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

6.4%
Whole state:

4.8%

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Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

Notable locations in Portage township: Pilgrim Point Leading Light (A), Portage Lake Golf Course (B), Hurontown Fire and Rescue (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Portage township include: Elo Church (A), Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church (B), Unitarian Universalist Church (C), Apostolic Lutheran Church (D), Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church (E), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (F), Pelkie Laestadian Church (G), Tapiola Apostolic Lutheran Church (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: American Legion Cemetery (1), Kargi Cemetery (2), Elo Cemetery (3), Askel Cemetery (4), Forest Hill Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Rivers and creeks: North Branch Bear Creek (A), Pilgrim River (B), Otter River (C), Bart Creek (D), Thirteenmile Creek (E), Small Bear Creek (F), Sante River (G), Denton Creek (H), Ebers Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Portage township: Hoar Family Mausoleum Historical Marker (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Number of foreign born residents: 65 (54% naturalized citizens)

Portage township:  2.1%
State:  5.3%

66% of Portage township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 49% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 66% lived in Michigan.

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

  • This state: 2365
  • Northeast: 103
  • Midwest: 390
  • South: 43
  • West: 125

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $42,000

Portage township, Michigan satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 4.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

15 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
7 people in homes for the mentally retarded

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 1,295
  • One, attached: 6
  • Two: 17
  • 3 or 4: 36
  • 5 to 9: 23
  • 10 to 19: 28
  • 20 to 49: 7
  • Mobile homes: 186
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 13

Median worth of mobile homes: $36,000


Housing units in Portage township with a mortgage: 264 (15 second mortgage, 29 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 299

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 36
  • 1995 to 1998: 78
  • 1990 to 1994: 105
  • 1980 to 1989: 96
  • 1970 to 1979: 366
  • 1960 to 1969: 173
  • 1950 to 1959: 118
  • 1940 to 1949: 105
  • 1939 or earlier: 534

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Portage township, Michigan:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 16
  • 3 rooms: 38
  • 4 rooms: 106
  • 5 rooms: 239
  • 6 rooms: 278
  • 7 rooms: 139
  • 8 rooms: 123
  • 9 or more rooms: 71

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Portage township, Michigan:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 15
  • 3 rooms: 56
  • 4 rooms: 95
  • 5 rooms: 41
  • 6 rooms: 35
  • 7 rooms: 22
  • 8 rooms: 8
  • 9 or more rooms: 8

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Portage township:

  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 47
  • 2 bedrooms: 189
  • 3 bedrooms: 555
  • 4 bedrooms: 177
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 40

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Portage township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 32
  • 2 bedrooms: 139
  • 3 bedrooms: 79
  • 4 bedrooms: 18
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 12

Cars and other vehicles available in Portage township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 61
  • 1 vehicle: 224
  • 2 vehicles: 502
  • 3 vehicles: 171
  • 4 vehicles: 40
  • 5 or more vehicles: 12

Cars and other vehicles available in Portage township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 26
  • 1 vehicle: 135
  • 2 vehicles: 87
  • 3 vehicles: 6
  • 4 vehicles: 13
  • 5 or more vehicles: 13

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Educational services (35%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Educational services (30%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (3%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Postsecondary teachers (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Bus drivers (5%)
  • Computer specialists (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in Portage township:

  • Finnish (35.7%)
  • German (15.6%)
  • English (6.5%)
  • French (except Basque) (5.8%)
  • Italian (5.1%)
  • Polish (4.6%)
  • Scottish (2.8%)

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

  • Canada (28%)
  • Germany (26%)
  • Taiwan (17%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (9%)
  • Hong Kong (9%)
  • India (9%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,125 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 128 (9%)
  • Bicycle: 14 (1%)
  • Walked: 39 (3%)
  • Other means: 6 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 75 (5%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (30%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19%)
  • Electricity (12%)
  • Wood (11%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

15 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
7 people in homes for the mentally retarded

90.5% of residents of Portage township speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (100% speak English very well).
2.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (98% speak English very well, 2% speak English well).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 48% speak English well).
5.5% of residents speak other language at home (73% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 3,090
  • In family households: 2,336 (637 male householders, 142 female householders)
    646 spouses, 837 children (746 natural, 35 adopted, 56 stepchildren), 30 grandchildren, 19 brothers or sisters, 7 parents, 5 other relatives, 13 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 754 (239 male householders (172 living alone)), 303 female householders (257 living alone)), 212 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 14 (0 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 350 2-persons, 176 3-persons, 154 4-persons, 65 5-persons, 23 6-persons, 11 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 429 1-person, 81 2-persons, 8 3-persons, 15 4-persons, 9 5-persons,

587 married couples with children.
122 single-parent households (49 men, 73 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 15
Here:

4.5%
Michigan:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Michigan:

8.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 31
Here:

8.3%
Michigan:

16.5%

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 (Noninst.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in Portage township:

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