Portage has the 628th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 4.1% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Portage is part of the Kalamazoo metro area. Unemployment in the Kalamazoo area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Kalamazoo has the 152nd largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Portage is below average at $43,240, and the median cost of a home in Portage is $147,300, which is below the national average. 40% of workers in Portage hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 95% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Portage. 82% of Portage workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 8% walk. People in Portage spend an average of 19 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.