|Home Rule Municipality|
|Elevation||1,795 ft (547.1 m)|
|Area||0.7 sq mi (2 km2)|
|- land||0.7 sq mi (2 km2)|
|- water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||4,262.7 / sq mi (1,645.8 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Portage is a home rule municipality, formerly a borough, within Portage Township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, 7 miles (11 km) southeast of Ebensburg and 16 miles (26 km) west-southwest of Altoona. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. Coal mining was the lifeblood of Portage. In 1900, 816 people lived there, and in 1910, there were 2,954 residents. The population was 2,837 at the 2000 census.
The Sonman Mine explosion occurred on July 15, 1940, at the Sonman Shaft Coal Co. near Portage. Sixty-three miners died, ranking it among the deadliest coal mining accidents in American history. In 1960, a memorial to the miners who died in the explosion, originally located in Jamestown, was relocated to Crichton-McCormick Park in Portage. The Portage Station Museum offers a documentary about the disaster titled "63 Men Down: The Story of the Sonman Mine Explosion", along with coal mine and railroad artifacts and exhibits.
Portage adopted a home rule charter on May 10, 1994 that took effect on January 1, 1996. Although the community kept "Borough of Portage" as its official name, it is no longer governed under the state's Borough Code.
Portage is located at .(40.386858, -78.673593)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all of it land.
- Len Chappell, professional basketball player
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,837 people, 1,232 households, and 756 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,262.7 people per square mile (1,634.9/km²). There were 1,367 housing units at an average density of 2,054.0 per square mile (787.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.47% White, 0.07% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population. Residents are predominantly of Polish or Slovak descent.
There were 1,232 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the borough the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $24,548, and the median income for a family was $34,539. Males had a median income of $24,957 versus $21,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $15,594. About 14.0% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
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- Pennsylvania Code Title 311, Sec. 41.1-101 et seq.
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