Portage, MI
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Portage is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 48,177 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Portage is the 34th largest community in Michigan.

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 professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portage who work in office and administrative support (13.62%), management occupations (12.17%), and sales jobs (10.66%).

Also of interest is that Portage has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The education level of Portage ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Portage, 40.64% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Portage in 2010 was $30,217, which is wealthy relative to Michigan, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $120,868 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. Important ancestries of people in Portage include Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.

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