Portage is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 49,216 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Portage is the 34th largest community in Michigan.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Portage is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 sales jobs (10.68%), office and administrative support (10.49%), and management occupations (10.37%).
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, 44.08% 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 $34,737, which is wealthy relative to Michigan, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,948 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 German, Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Portage is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.