Portage, Indiana is a town with just over 37,000 residents. At an average age of just under 39, the city's population ranks around the middle compared to other municipalities in the state, which has an average age of 37. Renters tend to be in the minority in the area, and 69% of residents own their homes. Relatively high rent costs may be a contributing factor, as the average rent of $963 a month is substantially higher than the state average of $827.
Portage has an average commute time of about 28 minutes. Driving is the most common mode of getting to work, chosen by 43% of commuters, while public transportation isn't used widely. Relatively few residents commute to work on foot.
Many Portage residents work in one of four industries: manufacturing, healthcare, entertainment, and retail. Together, these industries account for 27% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's residents work in transportation, making it the top field in the city. Portage workers take home an average annual income of around $64K, roughly the same as the average Indiana resident. Portage, however, compares less favorably to the national average of $73,345. Compared to the national average, Portage has a large number of residents over the age of 25 who possess a high school degree or equivalent (27%). In addition, 7% possess a Bachelor's degree and 4% have earned a Master's degree or Doctorate.
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