This section shows the Portage Wisconsin economy using the most recent economic analysis from the 2022 Census Bureau. Starting with Figure 1 which shows the median earnings per worker, Portage depicts it has a Median earnings of $45,679 which is in the mid range of other places in the area. The city with the highest median earnings per worker in the area is Lake Wisconsin CDP which depicts a median earnings of $71,780 (57.1% larger). Comparing median earnings per worker to the United States average of $53,269, Portage is about 16.6% smaller. Also, benchmarked against the state of Wisconsin, median earnings per worker of $52,245, Portage is about 14.4% smaller.
In Figure 2 a more complete view of income is shown which aggregates income from all members in the household and it has a Median household income of $56,303 which is the second smallest in terms of median household income of all the other places in the metro area. The city with the highest median household income in the area is Lake Wisconsin CDP which shows a median income of $99,219 (76.2% larger). Comparing median household income to the United States average of $69,021, Portage is about 22.6% smaller. Also, versus the state of Wisconsin, median household income of $67,080, Portage is about 19.1% smaller. Dividing median annual worker earnings by the average number of hours worked in a year in Figure 4 shows that it has a Avg Hrly Earnings of $22.13 which is less than most other places in the greater region. The city with the highest average hourly earnings in the area is Lake Wisconsin CDP which depicts an average hourly earnings of $33.83 (52.9% larger). Comparing average hourly earnings to the United States average of $26.40, Portage is about 19.3% smaller. Also, compared to the state of Wisconsin, average hourly earnings of $26.03, Portage is about 17.6% smaller.
Figure 5 examines the number of self employed people in the Portage metro area based on the number of people who reported any self employment income. Portage shows it has a Self Employed of 6.0% which is the second smallest in terms of percentage of people self employed of all the other places in the greater region. The city with the highest percentage of people self employed in the area is Wyocena which shows a percentage self employed of 18.2% (approximately 3.0 times bigger).
The next chart (Figure 7) shows the percentage of households that had retirement income over the last 12 months and it has a With Retirement Income of 17.4% which is the smallest when ranked by households with retirement income of all the other places in the local area. The city with the highest households with retirement income in the area is Lake Wisconsin CDP which depicts a households with retirement income of 36.4% (about twice as large).
The percentage of full-time workers are compared to the number of part-time workers in Figure 8. Portage shows full time employees approximately 3.4 times bigger as the part time employees.
Similar to the last chart is Figure 9 which shows the number of people who are self employed but in more detailed industry categories such as manufacturing, retail sales, residential real estate, commercial real estate, health care, exports/imports, and advanced industries, etc. Portage depicts it has the hightest entrepreneurs of 24% for the self employed in educational services, health care and social assistance classification.
Figure 10 shows the cost of living and other consumer spending categories for a variety of cost components from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Portage depicts it has the hightest cost of 103.1 for the cost of healthcare grouping.
Portage Wisconsin Poverty Charts
In Figure 11 the percentage of people earning less than the poverty level is shown and compared across the group of places. Portage depicts it has a Percent of Population In Poverty of 12.3% which is the second most percent of people earning less than the poverty level of all the places in the greater Portage region. The city with the highest percent of people earning less than the poverty level in the area is Endeavor which depicts a percent of people in poverty of 20.2% (64.7% larger).
Additionally, Figure 12 looks at the percentage of people who receive some form of public assistance including general assistance, temporary assistance or food stamps (i.e. SNAP.) Portage depicts it has a Public Assistance Percent of 15.9% which is the third most of all other places in the surrounding region. The city with the highest households with public assistance in the area is Rio which shows a households with public assistance of 19.2% (21.2% larger).
Portage Wisconsin Labor Force Charts
The table in Figure 13, shows Portage employment data in terms of job categories and salary data.
The next two charts look at monthly trended employment related performance using data estimated by economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS tracks unemployment statistics for a large number of areas throughout the country on a month to month basis. However, not every location in the U.S. is tracked by the BLS so the chart will only show the closest location available (which may be the same location.) Figure 14 shows the monthly unemployment rate for the area as well as a comparison to the overall national economy measure for the United States. Note that in March to April 2022, the Covid 19 recession occurred and affects this metric. The monthly unemployment rate depicts that from February 2017 to before the Coronavirus Pandemic it went from 3.1% to 2.2% in December 2019. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 29.0%. Since that time, the monthly unemployment rate has gone to 2.2%. This represents an increase in the monthly unemployment rate of very little.
Portage Wisconsin Jobs Charts
In the jobs section of economic activity charts in Figure 15 shows the average annual earnings for very high level job industry categories for full time and year round employed.
Figure 16 shows the average median earnings for different categories of jobs.
Portage Wisconsin Work Commute Charts
The following set of charts detail a variety of metrics that have economic impact, economic grow factors and economic development metrics in the Portage community and has an impact on other factors such as economic growth, population growth, economic recovery, job growth, etc.. Figure 17 shows a high level view of how the population commutes to work (including the percent of people who work from home.) Portage has the largest proportion of people who take public transportation to work at 3% of the total and is ranked #1. Figure 18 shows a more detailed view of how the population commutes to work for (for example to downtown Portage or elsewhere.) Portage has the largest proportion of people who took a taxicab, motorcycle or other at 1% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 19 is provided for comparison purposes to the previous chart. It shows how people get to work overall on average in the United States.
The average commute time is shown in Figure 21. Portage depicts it has a Avg Commute Time of 24 which is the smallest when sorted by average commute time of all the other places in the surrounding region.
Cities marked with an asterisk ("*") should resemble a city or town but do not have their own government (i.e. Mayor, City Council, etc.) These places should be recognizable by the local community but their boundaries have no legal status. Technically these include both Census Designated Places (CDP) and Census County Divisions (CCD) which are defined by the Census Bureau along with local authorities. (For more information, see:
Census Designated Place or "CDP")
and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US national average and the state average value are provided. Additionally, the "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA is shown that is closest to the city, county, or zip code shown. A CSA is a large grouping of adjacent metropolitan areas that identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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