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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  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 suburb of Chicago with a population of 36,849. Portage is in Porter County. Living in Portage offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Portage there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Portage and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Portage are above average.
About Portage...
Population
36,849

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$141,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$884
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Portage 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    92.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    250.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,608.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    84.4
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Portage

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$54,566
National
$55,322
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Portage Reviews

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Portage is a nice, quiet city about 45 minutes out of Chicago. It's close enough to the city to enjoy what it has to offer, but it's also far enough away to give us are own sense of personality. There are beaches!
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Good schools for my boys, good little league division, good restaurants, and overall good place to live!
I like the parks and community activities. I generally feel safe in the community, and there is a large variety of restaurants and stores in town as well as easy access to expressways.