Portage Charter Township, Michigan

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Portage Township, Michigan
Charter Township of Portage
Location within Houghton County
Location within Houghton County
Portage Township is located in Michigan
Portage Township
Portage Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 47°00′58″N 88°36′34″W / 47.01611°N 88.60944°W / 47.01611; -88.60944Coordinates: 47°00′58″N 88°36′34″W / 47.01611°N 88.60944°W / 47.01611; -88.60944
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorBruce Petersen
 • Total116.6 sq mi (301.9 km2)
 • Land112.1 sq mi (290.3 km2)
 • Water4.5 sq mi (11.6 km2)
896 ft (273 m)
 • Total3,221
 • Density29/sq mi (11.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49916 (Chassell)
49921 (Dodgeville)
49931 (Houghton)
49958 (Pelkie)
49965 (Toivola)
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-65540[1]
GNIS feature ID1626925[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Portage Charter Township is a charter township of Houghton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 3,221.[3] The city of Houghton is adjacent to the north side of the township. Portage Lake is the eastern boundary in the north, and the township extends well south of Houghton to the Baraga County line.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 116.6 square miles (301.9 km2), of which 112.1 square miles (290.3 km2) are land and 4.5 square miles (11.6 km2), or 3.85%, are water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,156 people, 1,257 households, and 804 families residing in the township. The population density was 28.0 per square mile (10.8/km²). There were 1,584 housing units at an average density of 14.1 per square mile (5.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.98% White, 0.22% African American, 0.41% Native American, 2.15% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population. 35.7% were of Finnish, 15.6% German, 6.5% English, 5.8% French and 5.1% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,257 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 15.2% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,080, and the median income for a family was $44,213. Males had a median income of $33,958 versus $23,221 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,655. About 8.1% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.



  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Portage Charter Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Portage charter township, Houghton County, Michigan". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dodgeville, Michigan
  5. ^ Romig 1986, p. 182.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hurontown, Michigan
  7. ^ Gerald Greer. "A Comprehensive Land Use History of the Huron Creek Watershed" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-05-14.


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