Portage 88 Exceptional
Portage Livability #31 ranked city in Michigan#490 ranked city in the USARanks better than 98% of areas
A+ Portage Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Portage Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Michigan
8614% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Portage cost of living
C Portage Crime Total crime is 51% higher than Michigan
Total crime
3,17023% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3223% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
11%Year over year crime is up
Portage crime
C Portage Employment Household income is 13% higher than Michigan
Median household income
$57,5264% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,4255% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%25% lower than the US average
Portage employment
B Portage Housing Home value is 17% higher than Michigan
Median home value
$148,90019% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$72723% lower than the US average
Home ownership
68%6% higher than the US average
Portage real estate or Portage rentals
B+ Portage Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Michigan
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
57%16% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:110% higher than the US average
Portage K-12 schools
A+ Portage User Ratings There are a total of 8 ratings in Portage
Overall user rating
88% 8 total ratings
User reviews rating
85% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
90% 6 total surveys
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      Living in Portage, MI

      Portage is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Michigan. The city has a population of 47,854 residents. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (88% White). Given that fact, Portage could be considered less diverse than other cities. 78% of the people in Portage (over the age of 15) are married and 60% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Portage, Michigan could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Portage and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Portage to Michigan and the national average.

      Using data and statistics Portage has received a livability score of 82/100. This score is ranked in the 96th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a phenomenal score, as Portage ranks well in multiple categories! The cherry on top is that Portage also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. If we explore each of the categories individually, we see that Portage ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B-), cost of living (B+), education (B+) and housing (B). On a more negative note, Portage does not have favorable ranks for the following: weather (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Portage has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

      For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Portage apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Portage is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Portage come in at $148,900, which is 16.5% higher than the Michigan average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Portage, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 4% higher than the Michigan average.

      Portage transportation information

      Average one way commute19min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work86.3%82.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.3%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.5%1.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.3%2.2%2.8%
      Working from home3.3%3.7%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)1 (1)12354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (3)36711

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      Source: The Portage, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).