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Overview of Portage

Offering residents a dynamic, fun living environment, the city of Portage sustains a high quality of life with a connection to the natural environment. You'll love the hometown feeling of the city when you're looking for Portage apartments for rent. Located in the center of Kalamazoo County, where the motto is "You'll be back. We promise," Portage residents like to stay local. The city's population is approximately 47,000, which helps Portage maintain a quaint environment that is perfect for families both young and old. Look at apartments for rent in Portage, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Great Lakes State.

Living in Portage

The city's official website claims "Portage has shown itself to be the municipal equal to a renewable resource," which is a testament to the diverse community that has thrived here and continues to grow. The city boasts a very open-minded community, making people from all walks of life feel comfortable while looking for Portage apartments for rent. Voted the "Best Place to Take Out-Of-Towners," the largest attraction in Portage is the Air Zoo, which features amusement park rides, flight simulators and an exhibit of rare aircrafts. In the Celery Flats Historical Area, the Stuart Manor hosts several tea parties every year, each with a different theme ranging from the "100 Year Anniversary of the Titanic" to "Edible Herbs and Flowers." Portage is also home to Art Encounters, a "Festival of Music, Art and Fun for All!" that attracts residents of apartments in Portage with art demonstrations, interactive arts and crafts and live music from local performers.

Portage Apartments and Cost of Living

Ranked No. 22 in terms of liveability in Michigan, AreaVibes touts Portage for a great cost of living. In fact, the cost of living in Portage is 7.7 percent less than the national average. If you're looking for Portage apartments for rent, you'll be happy to know that AreaVibes reports that Portage rentals are 15.3 percent less expensive than the national average.

Apartments in Portage Work and Study

Portage is located about seven miles from the city of Kalamazoo, home of Western Michigan University, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as one of the top 100 public universities in the country in 2012. Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College are also in the area, making Portage a lively city with an energetic, young atmosphere. For those seeking work near Portage apartments, southwestern Michigan is home to many Fortune 500 companies. Pfizer, Kellogg and Stryker all have headquarters or regional offices close to Portage, and employ many of the city's residents. Other popular industries include education, health and social services. A number of people in Portage also make their livings in the manufacturing and retail trade sectors as well as other blue collar occupations.

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