The first settlers came to the Portage area from Wellsville in 1867. For several years they had been coming to harvest the wild hay growing in the area, then they decided to move in. They first settled on the east side of the valley and built their first schoolhouse in 1868. At that time the place was known as "Hayton" but when the President of Box Elder Stake (Lorenzo Snow) came to visit, he changed the name to Portage, after Portage County, Ohio (his birthplace).
The settlement was moved to the west side of the valley in 1872, to tap into the irrigation water stored in Samary Lake. To use that water, the settlers hand dug a 12-mile-long canal. The settlement had grown enough by 1877 that the Portage Ward was formally organized late in the year.
Today, Portage is still a quiet, rural community at the eastern foot of the Blue Spring Hills, almost on the Idaho border.
High School or Higher: 92.8%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 13.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.6%
Cost of Living Index for Portage: 83.6
Median Resident Age: 30.5 Years
Median Household Income: $53,700
Median Home Value: $123,300
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Unemployed (March 2015): 8.6%