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Portage, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of Portage had a population of 2,538 as of July 1, 2016. Portage ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Portage is located at latitude 40.3869 and longitude -78.6747 in Cambria County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Portage (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cambria County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,683 feet.

The Borough of Portage (GNIS ID: 1215031) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Portage population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Portage, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,538
Population in Households 2,520
Population in Familes 1,925
Population in Group Qrtrs 18
Population Density1 3,857
Diversity Index2 5


Total Households 1,127
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 675
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,315 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 705 (53.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 422 (32.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 188 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $68,063
Average Home Value $77,092


Median Household Income $33,956
Average Household Income $45,331
Per Capita Income $20,285
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.62% -0.66%
Households -0.47% -0.61%
Families -0.63% -0.69%
Median Household Income   -1.85%
Per Capita Income   0.74%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Portage, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Portage to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 533 70th
Population Density1 # 272 85th
Diversity Index2 # 1519 14th
Median Household Income # 1642 7th
Per Capita Income # 1521 14th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Pennsylvania Census Data Comparison Tool.