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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Portage is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 10,361. Portage is in Columbia County. Living in Portage offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Portage there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many families live in Portage and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Portage are above average.
About Portage...
Population
10,361

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$122,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$706
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    162
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    38.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    28.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    247.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,210
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    28.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    39%
    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
$43,003
National
$55,322

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Portage is a small city that is rich in history and beauty. Many people in Portage are good hearted and friendly. It is because of that friendliness that I find myself going back to school at 52 years of age to pursue a career in Archaeology, which has been my passion since moving to Portage over 20 years ago.
Last spring a neighbor contacted me to tell me about the "Open Lab nights" at the UW Platteville in the Baraboo Archaeology Department. The public is welcome to help analyze artifacts on loan to the UW. My neighbor had heard about it from someone else and thought of me with my passion immediately.
My second night helping out in the lab, I knew I had to make a career change. I equivalate analyzing artifacts to how I felt the first time I held my first born as a young mother. That realization of "This is why I am here! This is what I am meant to be."
I can't say that I was "lost" before coming to live in Portage but, I can say I have found myself because of it.
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Portage is a decent small town, People stick in groups. The good part about it is that there is everything you need from gas stations to grocery stores. The only thing I would like to change in portage is the number of things to do especially during the winter. For example, There's only parks and beaches but during the wintertime, you can't go swim at the beach or go to the park due to Wisconsin's cold temperatures. Most people here do know each other but are separated by groups of people and staying in their circle.
I moved to Portage three years ago and have been very happy. The people are friendly and helpful. In the summer they are lots of garage sales. We are right down the road from Devils lake state park. I’m an avid cyclist and never get bored with the road in the area. To our east, we have a large Amish community that have farm stands and bakeries open most days of the week. Between the marsh and the rolling hills.