Portage, Indiana

Portage: The second most populous city in Porter County, Indiana. It is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan in northwestern Indiana. Portage is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk and the Portage Historical Society.


Portage is a city located in the county of Porter in the U.S. state of Indiana. Its population at the 2010 census was 88,400 and a population density of 1,236 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 90,543 inhabitants.

The city was created 56 years ago in 1966.

Portage is located in northwest Indiana, approximately 10 miles south of Lake Michigan. The area was inhabited by the Potawatomi tribe prior to European settlement. Portage was platted in 1833 and developed around the lumber industry.

Key Facts About Portage

Population: Approximately 37,000 as of 2019

Economy: Major employers in Portage include UPS, Silgan Containers, Walmart, and Portage Township Schools. Manufacturing, healthcare, and retail are important industries.

Geography: Portage spans approximately 33 square miles. The city includes Lake Michigan beachfront, inland lakes, Indiana Dunes, and other natural areas.

Things to Do in Portage

Some top attractions and activities in Portage:

  • Indiana Dunes State Park - Hiking trails through large sand dunes along Lake Michigan shoreline. Popular spot for swimming.
  • Woodland Park - Large public park with wooded trails, baseball diamonds, a golf course and disc golf.
  • Portage Lakefront Park - Beach, fishing pier, trails and green space along Lake Michigan. Hosts festivals and a farmers market.
  • Portage 16 IMAX Theater - Huge IMAX screen playing the latest blockbuster movies. Located near the Lifestyle shopping plaza.
  • Crisman Memorial Park - Nature preserve with hiking trails and access to the Little Calumet River. Home to native wildlife.

In summary, Portage is an affordable Indiana town that serves as a hub for outdoor recreation at the Indiana Dunes and along Lake Michigan.

Portage locator map
Location of Portage on Indiana map.

Quick Facts about Portage

Population : 90,543 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Indiana (United States)
County : Porter County
Postal code : 46368
Phone Area Codes : 219
Area : 71.51 km2
Altitude : 636 feet / 194 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1967 (56 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 17:38:00 (3rd December 2023)
Density : 1,266 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 2.37% (2010-2020)
Weather : 39℉ Cloudy then Light Rain Likely 7-days weather
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Portage is located at 41°34'33"N 87°10'34"W (41.5758700, -87.1761500).

Portage map


Portage forecast: Rain likely after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 39. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible. more


The population of Portage increased by 2.37% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 88,400 - census
2011 89,118 0.81% estimation process
2012 90,150 1.14% estimation process
2013 90,617 0.52% estimation process
2014 90,843 0.25% estimation process
2015 91,104 0.29% estimation process
2016 91,711 0.66% estimation process
2017 91,797 0.09% estimation process
2018 91,495 -0.33% estimation process
2019 91,261 -0.26% estimation process
2020 90,543 -0.79% estimation process

Portage zip code is 46368. County name: Porter, County fips: 18127

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People born in Portage (3)

People born in Portage, including martial artist John Kolosci, martial artist Keith Wisniewski, Christian musician Lexi Elisha, .


Schools in Portage

College & universities near Portage, IN

Code Name City ZIP
475574 Lil Lou's Beauty and Barber College LLC Gary (IN) 46409-2404
150437 Don Roberts Beauty School Valparaiso (IN) 46385
151360 Indiana University-Northwest Gary (IN) 46408-1197
150251 College of Court Reporting Inc Valparaiso (IN) 46385
152600 Valparaiso University Valparaiso (IN) 46383

Stations (23)

Amtrak & bus stations near Portage, IN

Code Name Address Type
GRY Gary, IN 100 West 4th Avenue BUS
MCI Michigan City 100 Washington St. RAIL
DYE Dyer station 913 Sheffield Avenue RAIL
HMI Hammond–Whiting station 1135 South Calumet Ave. RAIL
HMW Homewood 18015 Park Ave. RAIL

Post offices near Portage

Post Office Name City ZIP
Portag Post Office Portage (IN) 46368
Lake Station Post Office Lake Station (IN) 46405
Wheeler Post Office Wheeler (IN) 46393
Miller Post Office Gary (IN) 46403
Hobar Post Office Hobart (IN) 46342

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  • Portage , Wisconsin fourth-class city in Columbia County, Wisconsin with a population of 10,381 people.
  • Portage , Pennsylvania home rule municipality in Cambria County, Pennsylvania with a population of 2,351 people.
  • Portage , Michigan city in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States of America with a population of 971 people.
  • Portage , Ohio village in Wood County, Ohio with a population of 490 people.
  • Portage , Utah town in Box Elder County, Utah, United States with a population of 274 people.

Other cities in Porter County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Porter County , IN.

City Name Population Title
Valparaiso 33,944 Town in Porter County, Indiana, United States
Chesterton 13,433 Town in the U.
Lakes of the Four Seasons 7,033 City in Indiana, United States of America
South Haven 5,282 Town in Michigan, USA
Porter 4,840 Settlement in Indiana, USA
Hebron 3,669 City in Porter County, Indiana, United States of America
Kouts 1,963 Town in Indiana, United States
Burns Harbor 1,922 Town in Indiana, United States
Ogden Dunes 1,083 Town in Porter County, Indiana, United States
Town of Pines 688 Town of the United States
Beverly Shores 595 Town in Indiana
Dune Acres 182 City in Porter County, Indiana, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Portage distances to largest Indiana cities