Portage County, OH

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2022 Population
161,217
0.42% 1-year decline
US Senator
Sherrod Brown
Democratic Party
US Senator
J. D. Vance
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.1
1.03% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.3%
1.32% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$69,796
8.78% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$197,100
17% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
83,452
0.196% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Portage County, OH had a population of 161k people with a median age of 39.1 and a median household income of $69,796. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Portage County, OH declined from 161,897 to 161,217, a −0.42% decrease and its median household income grew from $64,163 to $69,796, a 8.78% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portage County, OH are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.56%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.67%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.81%), and White (Hispanic) (1.01%).

None of the households in Portage County, OH reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.3% of the residents in Portage County, OH are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Portage County, OH are Kent State University at Kent (6,840 degrees awarded in 2022), Northeast Ohio Medical University (276 degrees), and Hiram College (221 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Portage County, OH was $197,100, and the homeownership rate was 70.7%.

Most people in Portage County, OH drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Portage County, OH was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Portage County, OH is home to a population of 161k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.11% of Portage County, OH residents were born outside of the country (5.02k people).

In 2022, there were 19.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (141k people) in Portage County, OH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.35k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.92k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.3%
2022 Citizenship
98.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.3% of Portage County, OH residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Portage County, OH was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Portage County, OH
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    141k ± 613
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    7.35k ± 510
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    5.92k ± 810
2.06%
Hispanic Population
3.33k people

In 2022, there were 19.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (141k people) in Portage County, OH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.35k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.92k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.06% of the people in Portage County, OH are hispanic (3.33k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Portage County, OH as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    65,962 ± 6,288 people
  2. Mexico
    43,233 ± 5,095 people
  3. China
    34,193 ± 4,533 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Ohio was India, the natal country of 65,962 Ohio residents, followed by Mexico with 43,233 and China with 34,193.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.11%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
5.02k people
3.02%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
4.88k people

As of 2022, 3.11% of Portage County, OH residents (5.02k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portage County, OH was 3.02%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,383 ± 363
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,366 ± 285
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    888 ± 200

Portage County, OH has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Portage County, OH employs 83.5k people. The largest industries in Portage County, OH are Manufacturing (13,131 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,591 people), and Retail Trade (10,004 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($68,671), Finance & Insurance ($65,662), and Utilities ($65,556).

Males in Ohio have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,975. The income inequality in Ohio (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

83.5k
2022 Value
± 2,415
−0.196%
1 Year decline
± 4.08%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portage County, OH declined at a rate of −0.196%, from 83.6k employees to 83.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portage County, OH, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,745 people), Management Occupations (8,052 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,378 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portage County, OH.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

83.5k
2022 Value
± 2,415
−0.196%
1 Year decline
± 4.08%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portage County, OH declined at a rate of −0.196%, from 83.6k employees to 83.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portage County, OH, are Manufacturing (13,131 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,591 people), and Retail Trade (10,004 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Portage County, OH, though some of these residents may live in Portage County, OH and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,258
Median earning men ± $1,996
$33,679
Median earning women ± $1,150

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($71,157), Wholesale Trade ($70,900), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,407).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,697), Public Administration ($52,652), and Manufacturing ($50,302).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 5.51M people employed in Ohio. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 15.4%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,084
    Manufacturing
  2. 789
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 686
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Portage County, OH went to Donald J. Trump with 55.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.09%).

Sherrod Brown and J. D. Vance are the senators currently representing the state of Ohio. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Ohio is currently represented by 15 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Ohio

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Sherrod Brown
Senator from Ohio1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
J. D. Vance
Senator from Ohio3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Sherrod Brown and J. D. Vance are the senators currently representing Ohio.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Ohio

Ohio is currently represented by 15 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Portage County, OH awarded 7,337 degrees. The student population of Portage County, OH in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 10,483 male students and 17,390 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Portage County, OH are White (5,453 and 77.8%), followed by Black or African American (587 and 8.38%), Hispanic or Latino (257 and 3.67%), and Two or More Races (243 and 3.47%).

The largest universities in Portage County, OH by number of degrees awarded are Kent State University at Kent (6,840 and 93.2%), Northeast Ohio Medical University (276 and 3.76%), and Hiram College (221 and 3.01%).

The most popular majors in Portage County, OH are Registered Nursing (727 and 9.91%), General Business Administration & Management (365 and 4.97%), and General Psychology (353 and 4.81%).

The median tuition costs in Portage County, OH are $25,500 for private four year colleges, and $11,218 and $20,132 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Portage County, OH, the percentage of applicants admitted was 88.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 22.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 27,873 (37.6% men and 62.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 27,873 students enrolled in Portage County, OH, 37.6% men and 62.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 19,800 records, of which 63.5% were women and 36.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 556 degrees awarded
  2. 353 degrees awarded
  3. 298 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Portage County, OH was Registered Nursing with 556 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,840 degrees awarded
  2. 276 degrees awarded
  3. 221 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kent State University at Kent with 6,840 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,591 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Portage County, OH, which is 0.546 times less than the 4,746 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,453 degrees mean that there were 9.29 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 587 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($25,500) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($155) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.724% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.686% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (3.05M), Some college (1.98M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portage County, OH was $197,100 in 2022, which is 0.699 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $168,500 to $197,100, a 17% increase. The homeownership rate in Portage County, OH is 70.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Portage County, OH have an average commute time of 25.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Portage County, OH is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Portage County, OH is $69,796. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Portage County, OH was Census Tract 6003.02 with a value of $133,510, followed by Census Tract 6018.01 and Census Tract 6017.02, with respective values of $95,568 and $94,418.

In 2022, 13.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Portage County, OH. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.95%.

Property

$197,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,589
$44,931
Median Property Taxes
±$1,575

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Portage County, OH the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

70.7%
Homeownership
2022
62%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70.7% of the housing units in Portage County, OH were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 6003.02
  2. Census Tract 6018.01
  3. Census Tract 6017.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portage County, OH was Census Tract 6003.02 with a value of $133,510, followed by Census Tract 6018.01 and Census Tract 6017.02, with respective values of $95,568 and $94,418.

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

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Household Income

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$69,796
Median Household Income
± $2,200
63.6k
Number of Households
± 1,962

In 2022, the median household income of the 63.6k households in Portage County, OH grew to $69,796 from the previous year's value of $64,163.

The following chart displays the households in Portage County, OH 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portage County, OH is from Ohio.
0.456
2022 Wage GINI in Ohio
0.456
2021 Wage GINI in Ohio

In 2022, the income inequality in Ohio was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0361% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Ohio was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Ohio in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.8%)
  3. Carpooled (6.77%)

In 2022, 77.6% of workers in Portage County, OH drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.8%) and those who carpooled to work (6.77%).

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Commute Time

25.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portage County, OH have a shorter commute time (25.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.5% of the workforce in Portage County, OH have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Portage County, OH. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.95%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portage County, OH (17.4k out of 154k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Portage County, OH is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 12.3% of the children was living in poverty in Portage County, OH. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 6.8%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 117 in Portage County, OH. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 21.3 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.5% of the population of Portage County, OH has health coverage, with 54.6% on employee plans, 14.5% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 10.6% on non-group plans, and 0.925% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Portage County, OH see 2708 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.02% increase from the previous year (2507 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2111 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 444 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,708 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Portage County, OH

Primary care physicians in Portage County, OH see an average of 2,708 patients per year. This represents a 8.02% increase from the previous year (2,507 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.8% under 18 years, 25.1% between 18 and 34 years, 37.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 17% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.48%
Uninsured
54.6%
Employer Coverage
14.5%
Medicaid
13.9%
Medicare
10.6%
Non-Group
0.925%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portage County, OH declined by 2.99% from 5.65% to 5.48%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 55.4 in Portage County, OH.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 37.2% in Portage County, OH.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.65% in Portage County, OH.

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