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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    D+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  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 sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Portage there are a lot of bars. 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
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    41.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    82.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    537.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

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
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$39,353
National
$55,322
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I lived in Portage all my life until I turned 18 and moved away to college and never came back to live! While it is safe and quaint, the town itself doesn't have much to do besides the park and bars. Minimal opportunities for jobs, a lot of young people leave town at least for a little while in search of better jobs. The area has never recovered from the coal mines and steel mills shutting down. Weather is beautiful during summer and fall but harsh winters that seem to last forever thanks to the mountains and lake effect snow, spring is usually cold and wet. Schools were good when I was there but can't speak for them now. If you're retired I think it's a good place to settle in for a nice quiet life but if you're young, get out and move to a place with more opportunities!
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Our town features a beautiful 62 acre park with tennis courts, 3 baseball fields (pee wee, Little League and girls softball), a state of the art swimming pool with slides and diving boards and concession stand. The park has 9 picnic pavilions, rest rooms, volleyball court and a basketball court. The park hosts the annual Portage Area Summerfest Weekend in August each year that attracts 15-20,000 people over the three day event. http://portageareasummerfest.com/.

Our town has a 9-Hole Golf Course, Maple Crest Golf Club, a drive-in Movie theater, The Bar-Ann Drive In, 3 Service bars, American Legion, Amvets and VFW, several clubs, Italian Club, Jamestown Rod & Gun, Benscreek Social Citizens Club and Moose.

The Rotary Club of Portage meets every Tuesday and sponsor several events throughout the year, including Three Pancake Breakfasts, Annual Portage Day Golf Outing, a Golf-A-Rama, St. Patrick's Day Dance and also sponsors the Annual Christmas Parade.
I have lived in Portage my whole life and I love it. There is a park the includes baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, a basketball court and a sand volleyball court. There is also a pool in the park. There is a Sheetz downtown with a McDonald's near it. The school is a a great elementary and high school right in town.