Portage Lake, Maine

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

56.2 years
Maine median age:

43.0 years

Zip codes: 04768.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $48,079 (it was $32,232 in 2000)
Portage Lake:

$48,079
ME:

$56,277

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $30,636 (it was $17,983 in 2000)

Portage Lake town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $124,002 (it was $71,700 in 2000)
Portage Lake:

$124,002
ME:

$191,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $129,889; detached houses: $136,408; townhouses or other attached units: $121,483; in 2-unit structures: $139,649; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $36,929; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $203,202; mobile homes: $56,131; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $64,296
March 2019 cost of living index in Portage Lake: 90.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Portage Lake, ME (2010)
    • 37595.9%White alone
    • 112.8%Two or more races
    • 41.0%American Indian alone
    • 10.3%Black alone

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

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

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/24/1909

Land area: 30.7 square miles.

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

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

This town:

5.4%
Maine:

2.9%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Portage Lake town:

1.0% ($742)
Maine:

1.5% ($1,417)

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

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

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

Nearest cities:

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

Latitude: 46.78 N, Longitude: 68.50 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 207

Distribution of median household income in Portage Lake, ME in 2017

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $15,000
  • 1998: 3 buildings, average cost: $61,700
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $30,000
  • 2000: 1 building, cost: $30,000
  • 2001: 8 buildings, average cost: $46,400
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $75,000
  • 2003: 5 buildings, average cost: $69,000
  • 2004: 3 buildings, average cost: $51,000
  • 2005: 3 buildings, average cost: $51,000
  • 2006: 6 buildings, average cost: $103,300
  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $103,300
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $121,700
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $55,000
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $175,000
  • 2013: 3 buildings, average cost: $168,300
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $60,000
  • 2015: 3 buildings, average cost: $113,300
  • 2016: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2017: 1 building, cost: $49,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Portage Lake, ME residents
Average permit cost in Portage Lake, ME
Most common industries in Portage Lake, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Wood products (29.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (12.8%)
  • Educational services (7.0%)
  • Health care (5.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.2%)
  • Construction (4.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Wood products (41.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (17.2%)
  • Construction (8.1%)
  • Truck transportation (7.1%)
  • Lumber & other construction materials merchant wholesalers (3.0%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (3.0%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (2.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Wood products (13.7%)
  • Educational services (13.7%)
  • Health care (12.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (9.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (6.8%)
  • Social assistance (6.8%)
Most common occupations in Portage Lake, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (5.2%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.2%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (9.1%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (9.1%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (7.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.1%)
  • Top executives (4.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (9.6%)
  • Cashiers (9.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (9.6%)
  • Registered nurses (8.2%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.8%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (6.8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6.8%)

Average climate in Portage Lake, Maine

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Portage Lake, Maine average temperatures Portage Lake, Maine average precipitation Portage Lake, Maine humidity Portage Lake, Maine wind speed Portage Lake, Maine snowfall Portage Lake, Maine sunshine Portage Lake, Maine clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 52.6. This is significantly better than average.

City:

52.6
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2016 was 0.161. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.161
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2016 was 1.69. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.69
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2016 was 0.235. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.235
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2016 was 25.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 12.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.4
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 10.2. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 4.84. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.84
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

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

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

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Aroostook County (21) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 9

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

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

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

Points of interest:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.1 people
Maine:

2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

65.4%
Whole state:

62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

9.6%
Whole state:

9.4%


No gay or lesbian households reported

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

9.8%
Whole state:

10.9%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

3.9%
Whole state:

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

For population 15 years and over in Portage Lake:

Marital status in Portage Lake, ME
  • Never married: 18.3%
  • Now married: 64.6%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.5%
  • Divorced: 8.5%

For population 25 years and over in Portage Lake:

  • High school or higher: 72.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%
  • Unemployed: 6.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.2
Maine average:

11.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic22,20027
Mainline Protestant5,84540
Evangelical Protestant4,41151
Other9577
Orthodox101
None38,447-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 29
This county:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

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

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.78 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

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

9.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Aroostook County:

11.7%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Aroostook County:

27.6%
Maine:

25.0%

2.63% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,444 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

2.63%
Maine average:

5.91%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Penobscot County, ME  0.43% ($40,241 average AGI)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.17% ($32,023)
from York County, ME  0.08% ($41,350)


3.60% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($42,040 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.60%
Maine average:

5.73%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,105 average AGI)
Aroostook County:

0.08%
Maine average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Penobscot County, ME  0.58% ($33,912 average AGI)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.29% ($37,827)
to York County, ME  0.25% ($35,172)

Strongest AM radio stations in Portage Lake:

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

Strongest FM radio stations in Portage Lake:

  • WBPW (96.9 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQHR (96.1 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WOZI (101.9 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMEM (106.1 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W274AF (102.7 FM; PRESQUE ISLE, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 3ft / 0.8mTotal length
  • 126Total average daily traffic
  • 6Total average daily truck traffic
  • 202Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Golf Course Road (Lat: 46.766361 Lon: -68.474222), Type: Pole, Structure height: 3.5 m, Overall height: 11 m, Call Sign: KNHY347,
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.955 MHz, Grant Date: 09/14/2013, Expiration Date: 12/02/2023, Registrant: Radio Communications Management, Inc, 38 Rice Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769, Phone: (207) 540-1544, Fax: (207) 540-1545, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Portage Lake, ME
  • 67.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 29.6%Wood
  • 2.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Portage Lake, ME
  • 62.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 12.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 12.5%Electricity
  • 12.5%Wood


Portage Lake compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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