Portage, Wisconsin Population 2021

10,319
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Portage is a city located in Columbia County Wisconsin. It is also the county seat of Columbia County. With a 2020 population of 10,319, it is the 91st largest city in Wisconsin and the 3026th largest city in the United States . Portage is currently declining at a rate of -0.39% annually and its population has decreased by -0.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 10,324 in 2010. Portage reached it's highest population of 10,481 in 2017. Spanning over 10 miles, Portage has a population density of 1,158 people per square mile.

The average household income in Portage is $63,811 with a poverty rate of 12.64%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $770 per month, and the median house value is $125,200. The median age in Portage is 36.6 years, 35.1 years for males, and 38.8 years for females.

Portage Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Portage was:

  • White: 88.93%
  • Black or African American: 5.11%
  • Two or more races: 3.33%
  • Other race: 1.11%
  • Native American: 1.00%
  • Asian: 0.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Portage, Wisconsin is 10,319 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 10,439.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 10,324.

Portage, Wisconsin Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White9,25488.93%
Black or African American5325.11%
Two or More Races3463.33%
Some Other Race1151.11%
American Indian and Alaska Native1041.00%
Asian550.53%
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Portage Population by Race

Portage Population Pyramid $2021

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Portage Median Age

36.6


Total

35.1


Male

38.8


Female

Portage Adults

There are 8,371 adults, (1,587 of whom are seniors) in Portage.

Portage Age Dependency

53.4

Age Dependency Ratio

23.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30

Child Dependency Ratio

Portage Sex Ratio

Female

5,021

48.25%

Male

5,385

51.75%

Portage Population by Age

Portage Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Portage Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.1%18.9%
All54.8%45.2%
Female51.9%48.1%
Male36.4%63.6%
Non Family35.6%64.4%

54.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Portage Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All4,2862.1954.8
Non Family1,9341.1235.6
Married1,6293.181.1
Female4952.9451.9
Male2282.9936.4

2.89

Average Family Size

2.19

Average Household Size

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Portage Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1642.31%
9th to 12th Grade4756.70%
High School Graduate2,93341.35%
Some College1,65923.39%
Associates Degree72710.25%
Bachelors Degree77610.94%
Graduate Degree3595.06%
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Portage Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Portage Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White6,2345,7831,060
Black361279
Hispanic25017816
2+ Races1331268
Native American766824
Other Race7243
Asian513227

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 94.74%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 52.94%.

Portage Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,873$42,102$34,509
Less Than 9th Grade$24,289$25,000$22,986
High School Graduate$32,086$32,385$30,946
Some College$40,707$52,523$32,981
Bachelors Degree$44,435$62,625$37,234
Graduate Degree$52,760$45,000$54,323

$37,873

Average Earnings

$42,102

Average Male

$34,509

Average Female

Portage Earnings by Educational Attainment

Portage Language by Age

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Portage Language

94.66% of Portage residents speak only English, while 5.34% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.06% of the population.

Portage Language

Portage Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White8,5381,00811.81%
Hispanic3399427.73%
Multiple2735720.88%
Black822226.83%

12.64%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.73%

Male Poverty Rate

14.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Portage

The race most likely to be in poverty in Portage is Hispanic, with 27.73% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Portage is White, with 11.81% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.27%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.71%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.64%.

Portage Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.30%
Some College11.33%
Bachelors or Greater10.97%
High School9.59%

Portage Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed27.47%
Male Unemployed22.95%
Female Employed6.99%
Male Employed5.23%

Portage Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Portage Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,448$63,811
Families$71,225$83,465
Married Families$85,781-
Non Families$29,873$35,857
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Income by Household Type

Portage Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.3%

Male Marriage Rate

43.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Portage Married by Age and Sex

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Portage Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Portage Marital Status by Race

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Portage Marital Status

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653

Number of Veterans

609

Male Veterans

44

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War214
Korea126
Second Gulf War120
Vietnam71
World War II40

Portage Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54275
75+212
55 to 6475
65 to 7460
18 to 3431

Portage Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6488.73%
Hispanic72.13%
Black50.95%

Portage Veterans by Race

Portage Veterans by Education

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16.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Portage Veterans by Education

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60.7%

Labor Force Participation

57.2%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

Portage Employment by Age

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Portage Employment by Race

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Portage Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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72.52%

Born in Portage

96.96%

Native Born

3.04%

Foreign Born

1.69%

Non Citizen

1.35%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.96% of Portage residents were born in the United States, with 72.52% having been born in Wisconsin. 1.69% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Portage Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202110,319-40-0.39%
202010,359-40-0.38%
201910,399-40-0.38%
201810,439-42-0.40%
201710,4811281.24%
201610,353-19-0.18%
201510,3721901.87%
201410,182110.11%
201310,171-56-0.55%
201210,227-33-0.32%
201110,260-62-0.60%
201010,3225940.59%
20009,7281,0881.19%
19908,6407440.90%
19807,896750.10%
19707,821-1-0.00%
19607,8224880.65%
19507,3343180.44%
19407,0167081.07%
19306,3087261.23%
19205,5821420.26%
19105,440-19-0.03%
19005,4593160.60%
18905,1437971.70%
18804,3464010.97%
18703,9451,0663.20%
18602,8790.00%

Portage Population by Year