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Portage Township, Houghton County, Michigan

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Country  United States
County  Houghton
FIPS code  26-65540
Elevation  273 m
Local time  Friday 9:46 AM
State  Michigan
Time zone  Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID  1626925
Population  3,156 (2000)
Portage Township, Houghton County, Michigan
Weather  1°C, Wind NW at 14 km/h, 90% Humidity
Area  302 km² (291.6 km² Land / 10.1 km² Water)
Neighborhoods  Superior, Hurontown, Sunshine Beach, Askel, Elo, Dodgeville, Pilgrim

Portage Township is a charter township of Houghton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 3,156. The city of Houghton is adjacent to the north side of the township. Portage Lake is the eastern boundary in the north and the township extends well south of Houghton to the Baraga County line.


Map of Portage Charter Township, MI, USA


  • Askel is a small unincorporated community in the township.
  • Dakota Heights is a small unincorporated community in the township, cut off from the rest of the township by the city of Houghton.
  • Dodgeville is a small, unincorporated community, located at 47°05′39″N 88°34′52″W, about two miles south of Houghton.
  • Elo is an unincorporated place founded in 1900. It had a post office from 1908 until 1957.
  • Hurontown is a small, unincorporated community, located at 47°06′40″N 88°34′25″W, adjacent to and surrounded by Houghton on the west, north and east; from 1867-1872 it was part of Houghton. It was platted in 1862 by E.J. Hulbert.
  • Tapiola is an unincorporated community located near Otter Lake in the township.
  • Geography

    According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 116.6 square miles (301.9 km²), of which 112.6 square miles (291.7 km²) is land and 4.0 square miles (10.2 km²) (3.39%) is water.


    As of the census of 2000, there were 3,156 people, 1,257 households, and 804 families residing in the township. The population density was 28.0 per square mile (10.8/km²). There were 1,584 housing units at an average density of 14.1 per square mile (5.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 95.98% White, 0.22% African American, 0.41% Native American, 2.15% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population. 35.7% were of Finnish, 15.6% German, 6.5% English, 5.8% French and 5.1% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

    There were 1,257 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.04.

    In the township the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 15.2% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 113.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.0 males.

    The median income for a household in the township was $33,080, and the median income for a family was $44,213. Males had a median income of $33,958 versus $23,221 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,655. About 8.1% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.


    Portage Township, Houghton County, Michigan Wikipedia

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