Portage Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

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Portage Township is a township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States which geographically includes Portage borough. The population was 3,906 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Altoona, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Portage Township is located at about geocoordinate 40.6N by 78.8W, 15 WSW of Altoona and 2 miles east of Portage and 15 miles southwest of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

40°18′39″N 78°56′2″W / 40.31083°N 78.93389°W / 40.31083; -78.93389 (40.310874, -78.934005)[1], about 25 miles SSW of According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 24.4 square miles (63.3 km²), of which, 24.3 square miles (63.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.45%) is water.

Due to the mountainous terrain in and around Portage Township, it has (along with other townships in the area) become host to the largest wind farm in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm began operating in the first quarter of 2007 and will eventually be generating 150MW of power, or roughly enough to power 75,000 homes. This wind farm consists of 75 2MW Gamesa G87 wind turbines.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,906 people, 1,458 households, and 1,077 families residing in the township. The population density was 160.6 people per square mile (62.0/km²). There were 1,552 housing units at an average density of 63.8/sq mi (24.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.10% White, 0.20% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

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