Demographics

The U.S. Census Bureau has released demographic data from the 2010 Decennial Census and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey.  The information shows that Portage has continued population and housing growth over the recent 10-year period.  Highlights of the 2010 Census data include:
  • The population of Portage increased from 44,897 in 2000 to 46,262 in 2010, the third highest population gain in the county.  
  • The population of the city continues to diversify.  In 1990, the minority population was 6% of the total population, which increased to 9.2% in 2000 and to 13.1% in 2010.
  • Housing unit growth continues.  Between 2000 and 2010, the total number of housing units increased by 1,679 units, second highest in the county. 
  • The Under 20 and Young Adult age groups remain stable in the City of Portage.
  • As expected, the older cohorts (55 through 85+) have continued to increase since 1980 consistent with an aging population led by the Baby Boom generation.
  • The median age continues to increase, but the rate of median age increase has slowed considerably.
  • Average household size and average family size have remained relatively unchanged between 2000 and 2010.
Additional 2010 Census information related to the City of Portage is available in a report titled 2010 Census of Population and Housing: Analysis and General Trends.

As shown in the table below, information from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey indicates the City of Portage maintains a strong ranking in four important census categories (educational attainment, per capita income, poverty status and median home value) when compared to Kalamazoo County, State of Michigan and United States.

Educational
Attainment
(BA or Higher)

Per Capita
Income

Family
Poverty
Status

Median Home
Value

City of Portage 

38.5%

$29,256

6.0%

$156,600

Kalamazoo County

33.4%

$25,138

11.2%

$145,900

State of Michigan 

25.0%

$25,135

10.6%

$144,200

United States 

27.9%

$27,334

10.1%

$188,400