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Welcome to Portage ...

The city of Portage is located in Porter County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Portage has a population of 37,023 people<2> (see below for details).

Portage is 630 feet [192 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Portage lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Portage (for example, toward New Carlisle), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

The area code for Portage: (219)

The ZIP code for Portage: 46368<4>

We don't have a date for the establishment of Portage.

Websites for Portage ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Portage had an population of 37,023 people. This is an increase of 0.53% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 10.53% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Portage had a population of 36,828 people (or 22.41% of the total population of Porter County). This makes Portage the county's most populous community.

The population of Portage represents 0.57% of the total population of Indiana (which has 6,483,802 people), making it the state's 22nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 36,828 people, the population of Portage increased 9.95% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 33,496 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Portage.

Communities Also Named Portage ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two Indiana communities named Portage: This one is located in Porter County and the other is located in Hamilton County.

Beyond Indiana, there are 22 communities that are also named Portage - they are located in Alaska, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Brunswick, New York (2), Nova Scotia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Utah, Washington (2) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Portage.

Communities near Portage ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Portage.

  • Hammond
  • Gary
  • Calumet City
  • Merrillville
  • Valparaiso
  • Michigan City
  • Crown Point
  • Schererville
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Schererville
    • Schererville lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Portage.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,593 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Schererville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Schererville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Schererville<6>
  • East Chicago
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Chicago
    • East Chicago lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the west of Portage.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,742 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Chicago have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Chicago
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Chicago<6>
  • Lansing
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lansing
    • Lansing lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the west of Portage.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,059 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lansing have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lansing
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lansing<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Portage. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Portage.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Portage. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Portage.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Portage. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Portage.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Portage ...

Looking for more information about Portage? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Portage, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Portage.

The official website for Portage:

The official website for Porter County:

The official website for State of Indiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Indiana's counties, including Porter, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Portage.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Portage - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Portage). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Portage or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portage) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Portage. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PortageOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portage. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5803, Longitude: -87.1832    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




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