Portage, PA
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Portage is a very small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 2,508 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Portage is the 506th largest community in Pennsylvania. Portage has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

Unlike some boroughs 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 borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portage who work in office and administrative support (13.17%), healthcare (10.18%), and sales jobs (9.13%).

The percentage of adults in Portage with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.49% of adults in Portage have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Portage in 2010 was $21,282, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,128 for a family of four. However, Portage contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Polish, Irish, Slovak, and Italian.

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

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