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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Portage County is located in Wisconsin with a population of 70,371. Portage County is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Portage County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Portage County there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Portage County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Portage County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$158,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$708
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Portage County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    120.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    23.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    12.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    146.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,394.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    25.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    17%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Portage County

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$54,620
National
$55,322

Portage County Reviews

1 review
I like how they are trying to get more building built in order to ring more business to the area. The thing that I don't like is the amount of bars in the area. Need more family friendly places.
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