Portage County, WI

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2022 Population
70,281
0.138% 1-year decline
US Senator
Ron Johnson
Republican Party
US Senator
Tammy Baldwin
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
37.8
0.532% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
10.4%
1.49% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$71,301
8.77% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$214,700
16.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
37,680
0.32% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Portage County, WI had a population of 70.3k people with a median age of 37.8 and a median household income of $71,301. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Portage County, WI declined from 70,378 to 70,281, a −0.138% decrease and its median household income grew from $65,550 to $71,301, a 8.77% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portage County, WI are White (Non-Hispanic) (90%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.17%), Other (Hispanic) (1.43%), and White (Hispanic) (1.31%).

None of the households in Portage County, WI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.2% of the residents in Portage County, WI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Portage County, WI are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1,894 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Portage County, WI was $214,700, and the homeownership rate was 69.7%.

Most people in Portage County, WI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Portage County, WI was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Portage County, WI is home to a population of 70.3k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.7% of Portage County, WI residents were born outside of the country (2.6k people).

In 2022, there were 31 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (63.3k people) in Portage County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.04k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.53k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
98%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Portage County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Portage County, WI was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Portage County, WI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    63.3k ± 226
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.04k ± 255
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.53k ± 324
3.63%
Hispanic Population
2.55k people

In 2022, there were 31 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (63.3k people) in Portage County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.04k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.53k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.63% of the people in Portage County, WI are hispanic (2.55k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    84,791 ± 7,097 people
  2. India
    23,051 ± 3,720 people
  3. China
    15,381 ± 3,041 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 84,791 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,051 and China with 15,381.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.7%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.6k people
3.81%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.68k people

As of 2022, 3.7% of Portage County, WI residents (2.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portage County, WI was 3.81%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,744 ± 223
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    670 ± 167
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    558 ± 140

Portage County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Portage County, WI employs 37.7k people. The largest industries in Portage County, WI are Manufacturing (5,776 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,934 people), and Retail Trade (4,161 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,214), Finance & Insurance ($62,340), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,517).

Males in Wisconsin have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,062. The income inequality in Wisconsin (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

37.7k
2022 Value
± 1,232
−0.32%
1 Year decline
± 4.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portage County, WI declined at a rate of −0.32%, from 37.8k employees to 37.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portage County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,093 people), Management Occupations (3,751 people), and Production Occupations (3,215 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portage County, WI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

37.7k
2022 Value
± 1,232
−0.32%
1 Year decline
± 4.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portage County, WI declined at a rate of −0.32%, from 37.8k employees to 37.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portage County, WI, are Manufacturing (5,776 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,934 people), and Retail Trade (4,161 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Portage County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Portage County, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,632
Median earning men ± $2,708
$33,809
Median earning women ± $1,534

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($82,969), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,480), and Public Administration ($61,523).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($56,000), Public Administration ($51,154), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,840).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.6%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.95M people employed in Wisconsin. This represents a 1.6% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.3%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Wisconsin.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 635
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 491
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 319
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Portage County, WI went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (47.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.58%).

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are the senators currently representing the state of Wisconsin. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Wisconsin is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Wisconsin

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Ron Johnson
Senator from Wisconsin3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tammy Baldwin
Senator from Wisconsin1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are the senators currently representing Wisconsin.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Wisconsin

Wisconsin is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Portage County, WI awarded 1,894 degrees. The student population of Portage County, WI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 3,315 male students and 4,649 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Portage County, WI are White (1,685 and 90.2%), followed by Asian (58 and 3.1%), Hispanic or Latino (43 and 2.3%), and Two or More Races (40 and 2.14%).

The largest universities in Portage County, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1,894 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Portage County, WI are General Business Administration & Management (147 and 7.76%), Elementary Education & Teaching (89 and 4.7%), and General Biological Sciences (86 and 4.54%).

The median tuition cost in Portage County, WI for a public four year colleges is $6,698 for in-state students and $15,402 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Portage County, WI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 89.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 23.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 7,964 (41.6% men and 58.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 7,964 students enrolled in Portage County, WI, 41.6% men and 58.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 6,851 records, of which 58.6% were women and 41.4% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Portage County, WI was General Business Administration & Management with 96 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,894 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with 1,894 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 733 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Portage County, WI, which is 0.631 times less than the 1,161 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,685 degrees mean that there were 29.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 58 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($6,698) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,678) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($250) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.697% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.597% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.02M), and Bachelors Degree (921k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portage County, WI was $214,700 in 2022, which is 0.762 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $184,900 to $214,700, a 16.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Portage County, WI is 69.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Portage County, WI have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Portage County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Portage County, WI is $71,301. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Portage County, WI was Census Tract 9605 with a value of $97,903, followed by Census Tract 9602 and Census Tract 9607.01, with respective values of $85,469 and $84,397.

In 2022, 12.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Portage County, WI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.192%.

Property

$214,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,719
$20,442
Median Property Taxes
±$750

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portage County, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

69.7%
Homeownership
2022
64.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.7% of the housing units in Portage County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9605
  2. Census Tract 9602
  3. Census Tract 9607.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portage County, WI was Census Tract 9605 with a value of $97,903, followed by Census Tract 9602 and Census Tract 9607.01, with respective values of $85,469 and $84,397.

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Household Income

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$71,301
Median Household Income
± $2,422
29.3k
Number of Households
± 1,040

In 2022, the median household income of the 29.3k households in Portage County, WI grew to $71,301 from the previous year's value of $65,550.

The following chart displays the households in Portage County, WI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portage County, WI is from Wisconsin.
0.443
2022 Wage GINI in Wisconsin
0.443
2021 Wage GINI in Wisconsin

In 2022, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.043% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (75.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.2%)
  3. Carpooled (8.04%)

In 2022, 75.1% of workers in Portage County, WI drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.2%) and those who carpooled to work (8.04%).

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portage County, WI have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.86% of the workforce in Portage County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 12.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Portage County, WI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.192%.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portage County, WI (7.01k out of 67.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Portage County, WI is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 8.1% of the children was living in poverty in Portage County, WI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 6.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 113 in Portage County, WI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 6.76 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.9% of the population of Portage County, WI has health coverage, with 57.4% on employee plans, 10.2% on Medicaid, 13.6% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.18% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Portage County, WI see 2283 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.98% increase from the previous year (2217 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1421 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 789 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.8% were men and 50.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,283 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Portage County, WI

Primary care physicians in Portage County, WI see an average of 2,283 patients per year. This represents a 2.98% increase from the previous year (2,217 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Portage County, WI in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.8% under 18 years, 26% between 18 and 34 years, 35.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.8% were men and 50.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.14%
Uninsured
57.4%
Employer Coverage
10.2%
Medicaid
13.6%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.18%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portage County, WI grew by 8.52% from 4.74% to 5.14%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 27.7 in Portage County, WI.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31.4% in Portage County, WI.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.54% in Portage County, WI.

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