Portage, IN
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Portage is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 36,738 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Portage is the 22nd largest community in Indiana.

Unlike some cities, Portage isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Portage are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Portage is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Portage who work in office and administrative support (12.98%), sales jobs (11.02%), and management occupations (7.52%).

In terms of college education, the citizens of Portage rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.36% of adults 25 and older in Portage have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Portage in 2010 was $23,812, which is upper middle income relative to Indiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,248 for a family of four. However, Portage contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Portage is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Portage home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portage residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Portage also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.20% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Portage include Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Portage is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.