Portage County, WI

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Population

70,371

0.255% decline

Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$54,620

4.21% growth

Poverty Rate

13.1%


Number of Employees

37,291

1.22% growth

Median Property Value

$158,800

1.86% growth

About

In 2017, Portage County, WI had a population of 70.4k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $54,620. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Portage County, WI declined from 70,551 to 70,371, a -0.255% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,411 to $54,620, a 4.21% increase.

The population of Portage County, WI is 91.7% White Alone, 3.04% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.64% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Portage County, WI speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Portage County, WI are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2,345 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Portage County, WI is $158,800, and the homeownership rate is 68.6%. Most people in Portage County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Portage County, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Portage County, WI employs 37.3k people. The largest industries in Portage County, WI are Manufacturing (5,351 people), Retail Trade (4,753 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,644 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,761), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,929), and Finance & Insurance ($46,580).

Median household income in Portage County, WI is $54,620. Males in Portage County, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in Portage County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,620

2017 value

± $1,028

4.21%

1 Year Growth

± 3.05%

Households in Portage County, WI have a median annual income of $54,620, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,411 in 2016, which represents a 4.21% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portage County, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9607.01

  2. Census Tract 9607.02

  3. Census Tract 9606

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portage County, WI was Census Tract 9607.01 with a value of $76,339, followed by Census Tract 9607.02 and Census Tract 9606, with respective values of $69,615 and $67,154.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Portage County, WI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portage County, WI (8.76k out of 66.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,645 ± 481

  2. Hispanic

    639 ± 137

  3. Asian

    518 ± 154

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

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

37.3k

2017 Value

± 1,040

1.22%

1 Year growth

± 3.78%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Portage County, WI grew at a rate of 1.22%, from 36.8k employees to 37.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portage County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,361 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,544 people), and Production Occupations (3,402 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portage County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Portage County, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,361 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,544 people), and Production Occupations (3,402 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Portage County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.79 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.57 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Portage County, WI, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($62,656), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($57,273), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,891).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

37.3k

2017 Value

± 1,040

1.22%

1 Year growth

± 3.78%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Portage County, WI grew at a rate of 1.22%, from 36.8k employees to 37.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portage County, WI, are Manufacturing (5,351 people), Retail Trade (4,753 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,644 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Portage County, WI, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (5,351 people), Retail Trade (4,753 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,644 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Portage County, WI has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.18 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (2.04 times), and Manufacturing (1.42 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Portage County, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,761), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,929), and Finance & Insurance ($46,580).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $37.5B

  2. $28B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $37.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($28B) and Machinery ($26B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B

2015 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 51.7% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.7B

  2. $28.3B

  3. $10.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.7B, followed by Minnesota with $28.3B and Michigan and $10.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.9% of the population of Portage County, WI has health coverage, with 58.1% on employee plans, 10.7% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 1.04% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Portage County, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Portage County, WI see 1637 patients per year on average, which represents a 11.5% increase from the previous year (1468 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1468 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 819 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,637 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Portage County, WI see an average of 1,637 patients per year. This represents a 11.5% increase from the previous year (1,468 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 neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.14%

Uninsured

58.1%

Employer Coverage

10.7%

Medicaid

11.1%

Medicare

13.8%

Non-Group

1.04%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portage County, WI declined by 12.9% from 5.91% to 5.14%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Portage County, WI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Portage County, WI is home to a population of 70.4k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.35% of Portage County, WI residents were born outside of the country (2.36k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Portage County, WI is composed of 64.5k White Alone residents (91.7%), 2.14k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.04%), 1.86k Asian Alone residents (2.64%), 1.03k Two or More Races residents (1.47%), 489 Black or African American Alone residents (0.695%), 291 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.414%), 19 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.027%), and 6 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00853%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Portage County, WI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Portage County, WI was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Portage County, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Portage County, WI residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.35%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.36k people

3.12%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.2k people

As of 2017, 3.35% of Portage County, WI residents (2.36k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portage County, WI was 3.12%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Portage County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Portage County, WI was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    64.5k ± 26

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2.14k ± 290

  3. Asian Alone

    1.86k ± 146

In 2017, there were 30.1 times more White Alone residents (64.5k people) in Portage County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.14k Hispanic or Latino and 1.86k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Portage County, WI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Portage County, WI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Portage County, WI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Portage County, WI are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,553 ± 181

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    438 ± 113

  3. Korea

    385 ± 79

Portage County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.55 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Portage County, WI awarded 2,345 degrees. The student population of Portage County, WI is skewed towards women, with 4,003 male students and 4,624 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Portage County, WI are White (2,139 and 92.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (60 and 2.59%), Asian (43 and 1.86%), and Two or More Races (38 and 1.64%).

The largest universities in Portage County, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2,345 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Portage County, WI are General Business Administration & Management (228 and 9.72%), General Biological Sciences (167 and 7.12%), and General Communication (119 and 5.07%).

The median tuition costs in Portage County, WI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,698 and $14,965 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 115 degrees awarded

  2. 228 degrees awarded

  3. 167 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Portage County, WI was General Psychology with 115 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Portage County, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

2,345 degrees awarded

$6,698

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Portage County, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with 2,345 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,055

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,290

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,055 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Portage County, WI, which is 0.818 times less than the 1,290 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,139 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    60 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    43 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Portage County, WI were to White students. These 2,139 degrees mean that there were 35.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 60 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portage County, WI was $158,800 in 2017, which is 0.73 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $155,900 to $158,800, a 1.86% increase. The homeownership rate in Portage County, WI is 68.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Portage County, WI have an average commute time of 18.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Portage County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$54,620

Median Household Income

± $1,028

28.1k

Number of Households

± 847

In 2017, the median household income of the 28.1k households in Portage County, WI grew to $54,620 from the previous year's value of $52,411.

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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Housing

Property Value

$158,800

2017 Median

± $2,304

$155,900

2016 Median

± $2,477

In 2017, the median property value in Portage County, WI grew to to $158,800 from the previous year's value of $155,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Portage County, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portage County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Portage County, WI 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

68.6%

2017 Homeownership

68.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.6% of the housing units in Portage County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Portage County, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Portage County, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Portage County, WI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

18.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portage County, WI have a shorter commute time (18.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.36% of the workforce in Portage County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81%

  2. Carpooled

    6.9%

  3. Walked

    6.21%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Portage County, WI was Drove Alone (81%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.9%) and those who Walked (6.21%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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