Portage, Michigan

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Portage, Michigan
Location of Portage, Michigan
Location of Portage, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°12′35″N 85°35′19″W / 42.20972°N 85.58861°W / 42.20972; -85.58861Coordinates: 42°12′35″N 85°35′19″W / 42.20972°N 85.58861°W / 42.20972; -85.58861
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyKalamazoo
IncorporatedDecember 31, 1963
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorPatricia Randall
 • City ManagerJoseph La Margo
Area
 • Total35.24 sq mi (91.28 km2)
 • Land32.28 sq mi (83.61 km2)
 • Water2.96 sq mi (7.66 km2)  8.36%
Elevation
879 ft (268 m)
Population
 • Total46,292
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
49,445
 • Density1,531.61/sq mi (591.35/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
49002, 49024, 49081
Area code(s)269
FIPS code26-65560[4]
GNIS feature ID635269[5]
Websitewww.portagemi.gov

Portage is a city in Kalamazoo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 46,292 in the 2010 census. It is the smaller of the two main cities included in the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 326,589 as of 2010.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.17 square miles (91.09 km2), of which 32.23 square miles (83.48 km2) is land and 2.94 square miles (7.61 km2) is water.[7]

Austin Lake is in the southeast part of the city and was named for Moses Austin, who had emigrated to Portage Township from Genesee County, New York in 1833. A settlement grew on the north shore of the lake, known as Austin or Austin Lake. A post office named "Austin's Lake" was established on May 18, 1850, with Austin as postmaster, and operated until August 15, 1853. The place was also a station on the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad in 1867. West Lake is adjacent to Austin Lake with Portage Road running between the two lakes.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
197033,590
198038,15713.6%
199041,0427.6%
200044,8979.4%
201046,2923.1%
Est. 201949,445[3]6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 census[edit]

At the 2010 census there were 46,292 people, 19,199 households, and 12,426 families living in the city. The population density was 1,436.3 inhabitants per square mile (554.6/km2). There were 20,559 housing units at an average density of 637.9 per square mile (246.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.9% White, 4.9% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1%.[2]

Of the 19,199 households 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.1% of households were one person and 10.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age was 38.1 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 44,897 people, 18,138 households, and 12,134 families living in the city. The population density was 1,394.2 per square mile (538.3/km²). There were 18,880 housing units at an average density of 586.3 per square mile (226.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.75% White, 3.73% African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.93% of the population.

Of the 18,138 households 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.2% of households were one person and 8.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution was 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median household income was $49,410 and the median family income was $61,285. Males had a median income of $42,377 versus $29,399 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,414. About 3.1% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Portage (populated place)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  6. ^ Population of Michigan Regions and Statistical Areas, 2000 and 2010, at www.michigan.gov
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  8. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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