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Encyclopedia > Portage, Indiana
City of Portage, Indiana

Seal
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 41°34′55″N 87°11′12″W / 41.58194, -87.18667
County Porter
Area
 - City 71.0 km²  (27.4 sq mi)
 - Land 65.9 km² (25.4 sq mi)
 - Water 5.1 km² (2 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 - City 33,496
 - Density 508.0/km² (1,315.7/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Website: www.ci.portage.in.us

Portage (IPA: [ˈpɔɹ.tɪdʒ]) is a city in Porter County, Indiana, United States. The population was 36,789 at the 2005 census. It is the largest city in Porter County, Indiana, and third largest in Northwest Indiana. Image File history File links Seal_of_Portage_IN.PNG‎ Seal of Portage IN This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (512x800, 33 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Portage, Indiana ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... List of Indiana counties: Adams County Allen County Bartholomew County Benton County Blackford County Boone County Brown County Carroll County Cass County Clark County Clay County Clinton County Crawford County Daviess County Dearborn County Decatur County DeKalb County Delaware County Dubois County Elkhart County Fayette County Floyd County Fountain County... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... To help compare sizes of different geographic regions, we list here areas between 10 km² (1000 hectares) and 100 km² (10,000 hectares). ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Northwest Indiana, also known as The Calumet Region, or just The Region, is comprised of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper counties in Indiana. ...

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Geography

Portage is located at 41°34′55″N, 87°11′12″W (41.581850, -87.186553)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 71.0 km² (27.4 mi²). 65.9 km² (25.5 mi²) of it is land and 5.1 km² (2.0 mi²) of it (7.18%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 33,496 people, 12,746 households, and 9,011 families residing in the city. The population density was 508.0/km² (1,315.8/mi²). There were 13,375 housing units at an average density of 202.8/km² (525.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.52% White, 1.45% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.20% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.94% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 12,746 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.09. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $47,500, and the median income for a family was $54,316. Males had a median income of $46,224 versus $25,428 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,146. About 5.8% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Misc

Portage is home of Ryan H. Possibly one of the coolest men alive.


Transportation

The commercial airport nearest Portage is the Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport are also in close proximity and provide the bulk of flights servicing Portage. FAA diagram of GYY Gary/Chicago International Airport (IATA: GYY, ICAO: KGYY) is an airport located in Gary, Indiana that serves Chicagoland, located 25 miles (40 km) southeast of the Chicago Loop. ... Chicago OHare International Airport (IATA: ORD, ICAO: KORD, FAA LID: ORD) is an airport located in Chicago, Illinois, United States, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop. ... The Greater-Chicago Area featuring Chicago-Midway and OHare International Airports Chicago Midway International Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW, FAA LID: MDW), also known simply as Midway Airport, is an airport in Chicago, Illinois, United States, located on the citys southwest side, eight miles from Chicagos Loop. ...


Portage is also connected to Chicago, Illinois by the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, operated by NICTD. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The South Shore Line is an electrically powered interurban streetcar line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana. ... The South Shore Line is an electrically powered interurban streetcar line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana. ...


Portage is intersected by several major highways, including Interstate 94 and Interstates 80/90 (Indiana Toll Road) as well as U.S. Route 6, U.S. Route 12, U.S. Route 20, and Indiana 149 and Indiana 249. Interstate 94 (abbreviated I-94) is the northernmost east-west interstate highway, connecting the Great Lakes and Intermountain regions of the United States. ... Interstate 80 (abbreviated I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 90 Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in the United States at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ... Indiana Toll Road Length: 156. ... U.S. Route 6 is a main route of the U.S. Highway system, running east-northeast from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. ... U.S. Route 12, or US 12, is an east-west United States highway running from downtown Detroit almost 2500 miles (4000 km) to Grays Harbor on the Pacific Ocean in the state of Washington. ... U.S. Highway 20 is an east-west United States highway. ... Indiana State Highway 149 is a major highway that, much like Indiana State Highway 249, exists for the purpose of the Port of Indiana in northwest Indiana. ... Indiana State Highway 249 is a 1. ...


Also located on the shores of Lake Michigan is the Port of Indiana. Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one in the group located entirely within the United States. ... The Port of Indiana, officially the Burns Waterway Harbor, is an industrial area, founded in 1965 and located on the Lake Michigan shore of Indiana at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Indiana 249. ...


Education

Portage is home to Portage Township Schools. http://www.portage.k12.in.us/


Higher Education:


Purdue University North Central (classes offered at Portage High School) Purdue University North Central is a regional campus within the Purdue University system that is located in rural LaPorte County near Westville, Indiana in northwestern Indiana. ...


Ivy Tech Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (usually shortened to Ivy Tech Community College or, colloquially, Ivy Tech) is the state of Indianas system of community colleges, formed in 2005, as a rechartering of a system of vocational technical schools. ...


High School:


Portage High School http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/phsweb/index.htm


Middle Schools:


Willowcreek Middle School http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/wcweb/index.htm


Fegely Middle School http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/feweb/index.htm


Elementary Schools:


Jones http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/joweb/index.htm


Kyle http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/kyweb/index.htm


Aylesworth http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/ayweb/index.htm


Central http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/ceweb/index.htm


Myers http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/myweb/index.htm


Crisman http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/crweb/index.htm


Saylor http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/saweb/index.htm


South Haven http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/shweb/index.htm


Parks

Portage Parks offer a wide variety of service, from sports leagues, to crafts, to hiking and water sports. http://www.ci.portage.in.us/parks/


Portage is also home of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Indiana Dunes), a beautiful showcase of land and lake on the south shore of Lake Michigan. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a U.S. national lakeshore, a type of national park, authorized by Congress in 1966, is located in Northwest Indiana. ... Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one in the group located entirely within the United States. ...


Details

The Mayor of Portage is Douglas W. Olson until December 31, 2007, at which time he has announced he is not continuing as mayor. Mayor Olson has endorsed Olga Velazquez for the Democratic ticket and the Republicans announced that Jim Snyder (http://www.snyder4portage.com/) will represent them.


Keith Kizer (P.H.S. 1984), Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission (http://www.maxboxing.com/News/Scotto042006.asp), and former Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada, grew up in Portage (http://www.lvbusinesspress.com/articles/2006/06/05/news/news01.txt). The Nevada Athletic Commission is made up of five part-time members, each of whom is appointed by the Governor for a three year term. ...


External links

  • Official Portage Website
  • Portage Public Library
  • Maps and aerial photos for 41°34′55″N 87°11′12″W / 41.58185, -87.186553Coordinates: 41°34′55″N 87°11′12″W / 41.58185, -87.186553
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    • Street map from Google Maps, or Yahoo! Maps, or Windows Live Local
    • Topographic map from TopoZone
    • Aerial image or topographic map from TerraServer-USA

  Results from FactBites:
 
Portage, Indiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (436 words)
Portage is a city located in Porter County, Indiana.
The Mayor of Portage is Douglas W. Olson.
Portage is home to a Wal-Mart and a K-Mart.
Portage, IN (540 words)
Before the State of Indiana created Portage Township in March 1836, the area then called Twenty Mile Prairie (denoting its distance from Michigan City) had been visited by a succession of Native American tribes and, subsequently, travelers using a stagecoach path linking Detroit and Fort Dearborn.
The census of 1970 revealed that Portage's population had jumped from 11,822 to 19,127 in a decade despite drainage problems in the generally clay-based new subdivisions, haphazard zoning regulations, no clearly delineated downtown, and inadequate north-south thoroughfares.
Three of Portage's first four mayors were Democrats, including Arthur Olson, John Williams, and Sammie Maletta, who defeated three-term Republican mayor Robert Goin in 1987 and controlled city hall throughout the 1990s.
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