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Portage is a city in Kalamazoo County, in the Kalamazoo-Portage metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Portage. For links to other places called Portage, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Portage is 42.201N. The longitude is -85.58W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 879 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 45,679.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Portage demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kalamazoo County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 49008 ZIP code.
22% of Portage residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Portage ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Portage was $25,414, compared with $21,587 nationally.
37% of Portage residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Portage, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $500. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,034.
Libraries in Portage include Portage District Library ... View libraries
Kalamazoo County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Portage political report.
The average commute time for Portage workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 16 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Portage between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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