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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    D+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Portage is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 2,594. Portage is in Cambria County. Living in Portage offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Portage there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and retirees live in Portage and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Portage are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$73,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$482
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    122
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    41
    500
  • Theft
    1,102
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    45%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Portage

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$39,353
National
$55,322
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Portage Reviews

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The town, from an outside point of view, seems to be a typical small town paradise, but; in reality, it is far from that. While being small and quaint, the town has an overall "dirty" feel to it. The roads are full of potholes and uneven and there are many rundown houses. The neatest part of the town is "the projects", which is the cheap low-income houses. Over the years, there have been multiple fires that burned down many buildings. One of the fires burned down the bakery which has never been rebuilt. The only proper restaurant in town is known for being unsanitary and terrible. There are, however, multiple pizza restaurants.

The future of this town, in my opinion, is bleak. I see two possible outcomes. One, the town slowly loses more and more people and eventually dies. The other option, which I believe to be more likely, is that the town "grows" and becomes more like the low-income areas of a city.

Compared to other small-towns, this one is certainly near the bottom. It's a very strange place with near nothing to do.

I would not choose to live here again. My goal is to leave here as soon as possible, because; as far as I can tell, there is nothing here for me, or for anyone else.
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The town is relatively safe overall. I safely walk the streets every night. There are a few police cars that you can see patrolling regularly at night. It has it's fair share of "crazy neighbors", but they tend to keep to themselves. There is not a lot of violence in the town, but there is an escalating drug problem. The escalating drug problem is a concern to me, because that can easily turn into an increase of violence as more and more people desire to "get their fix".
Many shops, grocery store has a variety and it's not too expensive. Small restaurants and coffee shops, also reasonable prices.