Portage County, WI

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2020 Population
70,822
0.269% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ron Johnson
Republican Party
US Senator
Tammy Baldwin
Democratic Party
2018 Median Age
36.7
0.273% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
10.9%
9.72% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$60,316
2.49% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$178,600
6.25% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
37,703
0.241% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Portage County, WI had a population of 70.8k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $60,316. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Portage County, WI grew from 70,632 to 70,822, a 0.269% increase and its median household income grew from $58,853 to $60,316, a 2.49% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portage County, WI are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.8%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.08%), White (Hispanic) (1.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.63%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.31%).

None of the households in Portage County, WI 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.

97.7% of the residents in Portage County, WI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Portage County, WI are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2,268 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Portage County, WI was $178,600, and the homeownership rate was 68.9%.

Most people in Portage County, WI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Portage County, WI was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Portage County, WI is home to a population of 70.8k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 3.97% of Portage County, WI residents were born outside of the country (2.81k people).

In 2020, there were 29.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (64.3k people) in Portage County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.18k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.27k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.7%
2020 Citizenship
97.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.7% of Portage County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Portage County, WI was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Portage County, WI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    64.3k ± 153
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.18k ± 171
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.27k ± 177
3.36%
Hispanic Population
2.38k people

In 2020, there were 29.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (64.3k people) in Portage County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.18k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.27k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.36% of the people in Portage County, WI are hispanic (2.38k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    83,497 ± 7,043 people
  2. India
    23,435 ± 3,751 people
  3. China
    16,997 ± 3,196 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 83,497 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,435 and China with 16,997.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.97%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
2.81k people
3.92%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
2.77k people

As of 2020, 3.97% of Portage County, WI residents (2.81k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portage County, WI was 3.92%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,514 ± 181
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    534 ± 137
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    445 ± 125

Portage County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.84 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Portage County, WI employs 37.7k people. The largest industries in Portage County, WI are Manufacturing (5,784 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,756 people), and Retail Trade (4,056 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($84,000), Finance & Insurance ($54,974), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,611).

Males in Wisconsin have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,335. The income inequality in Wisconsin (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

37.7k
2020 Value
± 1,141
−0.241%
1 Year decline
± 4.14%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Portage County, WI declined at a rate of −0.241%, from 37.8k employees to 37.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portage County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,298 people), Management Occupations (3,415 people), and Production Occupations (3,265 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portage County, WI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

37.7k
2020 Value
± 1,141
−0.241%
1 Year decline
± 4.14%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Portage County, WI declined at a rate of −0.241%, from 37.8k employees to 37.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portage County, WI, are Manufacturing (5,784 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,756 people), and Retail Trade (4,056 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Portage County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Portage County, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,154
Median earning men ± $1,320
$27,041
Median earning women ± $781

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,556), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($52,065).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,746), Public Administration ($39,456), and Wholesale Trade ($38,516).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Wisconsin. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Wisconsin.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 635
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 491
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 319
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $980k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. $757k
    Manufacturing
  3. $564k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $42.6B
  2. $37.6B
  3. $37.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $42.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($37.6B) and Machinery ($37.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B
2020 Value in Wisconsin
$615B
Projected 2050 Value in Wisconsin
68.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 68.3% to $615B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $36.6B
  2. $18.2B
  3. $17.7B

In 2020, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $36.6B, followed by Minnesota with $18.2B and Michigan and $17.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Portage County, WI went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (47.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.58%).

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are the senators currently representing the state of Wisconsin. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Wisconsin is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Wisconsin

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Ron Johnson
Senator from Wisconsin3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tammy Baldwin
Senator from Wisconsin1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are the senators currently representing Wisconsin.

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 Wisconsin

Wisconsin is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Wisconsin have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Portage County, WI awarded 2,268 degrees. The student population of Portage County, WI in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 3,536 male students and 4,766 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Portage County, WI are White (1,996 and 89.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (72 and 3.22%), Asian (66 and 2.95%), and Two or More Races (55 and 2.46%).

The largest universities in Portage County, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2,268 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Portage County, WI are General Business Administration & Management (170 and 7.5%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (116 and 5.11%), and General Biological Sciences (100 and 4.41%).

The median tuition cost in Portage County, WI for a public four year colleges is $6,698 for in-state students and $15,402 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Portage County, WI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 86.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 36.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 8,302 (42.6% men and 57.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 8,302 students enrolled in Portage County, WI, 42.6% men and 57.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 7,108 records, of which 58.1% were women and 41.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 99 degree-majors awarded
  2. 97 degree-majors awarded
  3. 170 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Portage County, WI was General Biological Sciences with 99 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
2,268 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with 2,268 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 964 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Portage County, WI, which is 0.739 times less than the 1,304 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,996 degrees mean that there were 27.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 72 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($6,698) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,602) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.628% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.581% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.39M), Some college (1.04M), and Bachelors Degree (875k).

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Portage County, WI was $178,600 in 2020, which is 0.777 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $168,100 to $178,600, a 6.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Portage County, WI is 68.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Portage County, WI have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Portage County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Portage County, WI is $60,316. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Portage County, WI was Census Tract 9602 with a value of $73,906, followed by Census Tract 9605 and Census Tract 9607.01, with respective values of $73,398 and $72,819.

In 2021, 13.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Portage County, WI. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.47%.

Property

$178,600
Median Property Value 2020
±$4,490
$19,921
Median Property Taxes
±$651

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, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68.9%
Homeownership
2020
63.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 68.9% of the housing units in Portage County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9602
  2. Census Tract 9605
  3. Census Tract 9607.01

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portage County, WI was Census Tract 9602 with a value of $73,906, followed by Census Tract 9605 and Census Tract 9607.01, with respective values of $73,398 and $72,819.

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

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Household Income

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$60,316
Median Household Income
± $1,841
28.9k
Number of Households
± 1,004

In 2020, the median household income of the 28.9k households in Portage County, WI grew to $60,316 from the previous year's value of $58,853.

The following chart displays the households in Portage County, WI 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, WI is from Wisconsin.
0.445
2020 Wage GINI in Wisconsin
0.447
2019 Wage GINI in Wisconsin

In 2020, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.445 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.51% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (78.9%)
  2. Carpooled (7.35%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.96%)

In 2020, 78.9% of workers in Portage County, WI drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.35%) and those who worked at home (6.96%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portage County, WI have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.52% of the workforce in Portage County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Portage County, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Portage County, WI have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 13.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Portage County, WI. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.47%.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portage County, WI (7.34k out of 67.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. 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, WI is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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 2021, 10.5% of the children was living in poverty in Portage County, WI. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 3.7%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 113 in Portage County, WI. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 6.76 per 100,000 population.

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95.1% of the population of Portage County, WI has health coverage, with 57.8% on employee plans, 10.4% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.19% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Wisconsin was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Portage County, WI see 2217 patients per year on average, which represents a 16.4% increase from the previous year (1905 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1415 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 795 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Wisconsin, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,217 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Portage County, WI

Primary care physicians in Portage County, WI see an average of 2,217 patients per year. This represents a 16.4% increase from the previous year (1,905 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Portage County, WI in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.4% under 18 years, 26.1% between 18 and 34 years, 36% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.9%
Uninsured
57.8%
Employer Coverage
10.4%
Medicaid
13.3%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.19%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portage County, WI grew by 4.47% from 4.69% to 4.9%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 31.3 in Portage County, WI.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, 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 28.7% in Portage County, WI.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.02% in Portage County, WI.

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