Portage Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

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Portage Township,
Cambria County,
Map of Cambria County, Pennsylvania highlighting Portage Township
Map of Cambria County, Pennsylvania highlighting Portage Township
Map of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Map of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Cambria
Incorporated 1878
 • Total 24.4 sq mi (63 km2)
 • Land 24.3 sq mi (63 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,906
 • Density 160.6/sq mi (62.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 814

Portage Township is a township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States which geographically includes Portage borough. The population was 3,906 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Altoona, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The Bridge in Portage Township was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1] The Sonman Mine explosion occurred here in 1940, killing 63 coal miners.


Portage Township is located at about geocoordinate 40°18′39″N 78°56′2″W / 40.31083°N 78.93389°W / 40.31083; -78.93389Coordinates: 40°18′39″N 78°56′2″W / 40.31083°N 78.93389°W / 40.31083; -78.93389, 15 WSW of Altoona and 2 miles east of Portage and 15 miles southwest of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 24.4 square miles (63.3 km²), of which, 24.3 square miles (63.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.45%) is water.[2]

Due to the mountainous terrain in and around Portage Township, it has (along with other townships in the area) become host to the largest wind farm in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm began operating in the first quarter of 2007 and will eventually be generating 150MW of power, or roughly enough to power 75,000 homes. This wind farm consists of 75 2MW Gamesa G87 wind turbines.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,906 people, 1,458 households, and 1,077 families residing in the township. The population density was 160.6 people per square mile (62.0/km²). There were 1,552 housing units at an average density of 63.8/sq mi (24.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.10% White, 0.20% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

There were 1,458 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,050, and the median income for a family was $39,849. Males had a median income of $30,799 versus $18,688 for females. The per capita income for the township was $14,846. About 5.6% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

Sewage Treatment[edit]

Sewage Treatment in portions of the township is provided by the Central Mainline Sewer Authority. A dedication ceremony was held on August 21, 2006, by late local congressman John Murtha Total costs of the system is $10 million and took 14 years. Central-Mainline Serves over 2,000 customers and is named after the "Mainline" of the former Pennsylvania Railroad that proceed through the five municipalities. The railway is now part of the Norfolk Southern system.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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