Profile for Portage, Wisconsin, WI
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Portage is a city in Columbia County, in the Madison metro area.
It is the county seat.
The latitude of Portage is 43.539N. The longitude is -89.462W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 794 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 9,959.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Portage demographic reports
Portage is on the Wisconsin and Fox rivers.
Well-known residents have included:
· John Muir, naturalist
Local festivals include:
- Festival of Flowers - May 5, 2007
- White Feather Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow - Aug. 24-26, 2007
- Columbia County Fair - July 25-29, 2007
- YesterFest - Aug. 12, 2007
Dates often change. Check Portage web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Historic sites and museums: Fort Winnebago Surgeon's Quarters, Historic Indian Agency House
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
On the shore of Pillsbury Island, in Big Eagle Lake, we saw more sign of coyote-killed deer. The yards of Pillsbury Island were four feet deep in snow, a miring depth for deer.
-- Rising from the Plains
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Ancestry & family history
40% of Portage residents report German ancestry, and 12% 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 $18,039, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Portage residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Portage festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Columbia County Fair - J
- Festival of Flowers - M
- YesterFest - A
- White Feather Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Portage, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $424. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $914.
Libraries in Portage include Portage Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Portage include Portage Daily Register
Columbia County supported George W. Bush 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.
Hotels in Portage include Super 8.
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“ On the shore of Pillsbury Island, in Big Eagle Lake, we saw more sign of coyote-killed deer. The yards of Pillsbury Island were four feet deep in snow, a miring depth for deer. ”
~ Rising from the Plains
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