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Portage, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Portage had a population of 37,284 as of July 1, 2017. Portage ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Portage is located at latitude 41.5916 and longitude -87.1789 in Porter County. The formal boundaries for the City of Portage (see map below) encompass a land area of 25.52 sq. miles and a water area of 2.1 sq. miles. Porter County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 636 feet.

The City of Portage (GNIS ID: 2396254) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Portage is located within Township of Portage, a minor civil division (MCD) of Porter County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Portage population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Portage, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 37,284
Daytime Population: Workers 16,498
Daytime Population: Residents 19,821
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 36,319
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 37,030
Population in Familes 30,429
Population in Group Qrtrs 254
Population Density2 1,461
Diversity Index3 56


Median Household Income $54,091
Average Household Income $66,458
Per Capita Income $25,099


Total Housing Units 15,127 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,678 (64.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,374 (28.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,075 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $148,098
Average Home Value $162,531


Total Households 14,052
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 9,724
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.17% 0.28%
Households 0.06% 0.21%
Families -0.04% 0.09%
Median Household Income   2.3%
Per Capita Income   2.52%

Portage, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Portage to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 24 97th
Population Density # 294 57th
Diversity Index # 28 96th
Median Household Income # 220 68th
Per Capita Income # 265 61st

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