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LaPorte County, Indiana

The French word meaning "the door" gave the county its name when formed in 1832

County Seat: La Porte

Largest City: Michigan City (2015 population: 31,459)

Population per Square Mile: 183.88

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,467151.7%6,484,136
Today (2016)110,015161.7%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*112,471161.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.3%44 2.3%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2015-2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-83089 -12,135
Net International Migration2434 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)98310.4%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2015NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,619146.0%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)17,6581415.9%17.5%
College Age (18 to 24)9,508168.6%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)28,1391525.4%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)31,0201428.0%26.2%
Seniors (65 and older)17,9401416.2%14.6%
Median Age40.3  Median Age = 37.5

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2015NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone499110.5%0.4%
Asian Alone651250.6%2.1%
Black Alone12,680811.4%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone29290.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,434162.2%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2014 (Includes detail not shown below)42,75616100.0%100.0%
Married With Children7,1901516.8%19.4%
Married Without Children14,0261332.8%30.1%
Single Parents4,067169.5%9.9%
Living Alone12,0321428.1%27.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2015 (estimate)48,78216100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2014 (includes vacant units)48,61515100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2014)$124,00028  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2014)$56721  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 17,770141.6%1,110,866
Adults (25+ in 2014 ACS)76,956141.8%4,287,819
with High School diploma or higher86.8%48 87.6%
with B.A. or higher degree17.1%38 23.6%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2015$37,8274790.2%41,940
Median Household Income in 201547,4015993.8%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 201515.7%21109.0%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1824.7%17121.1%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2016157102.1%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 201615,67892.2%722,928
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20178,934121.8%495,330

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 20141,331141.6%84,080
Births to Teens, 2014126102.0%6,277
Deaths, 20141,196122.0%60,798

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force48,522171.5%3,271,536
Annual Unemployment Rate6.36131.3%4.8
March 2017 Unemployment Rate5.17134.2%3.8

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2015 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work53,548100.0%$2,407,466100.0%$44,959
Wage and Salary43,48281.2%$1,710,71571.1%$39,343
Farm Proprietors6351.2%$17,8430.7%$28,099
Nonfarm Proprietors9,43117.6%$258,31510.7%$27,390
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,2758.0%$85,6093.6%$20,025
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,8063.4%$55,8332.3%$30,915
  Health Care, Social Serv.6,04911.3%$334,88913.9%$55,363
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,5993.0%$69,4242.9%$43,417
  Retail Trade6,57612.3%$160,8906.7%$24,466
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,5612.9%$92,3243.8%$59,144
  Other Private (not above)10,304*19.2%*$320,708*13.3%*$31,125*

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2015UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed159100.0%100.0%$39,741$3,737,044
3- and 4-Family00.0%1.6%$0$31,656
5+ Family5031.4%27.2%$10,000$722,054

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in LaPorte County

in 2015
Percent of County
Kingsford Heights1,4211.3%
La Crosse5370.5%
La Porte21,91619.9%
Long Beach1,1621.1%
Michiana Shores3040.3%
Michigan City31,45928.6%
Pottawattomie Park2320.2%
Trail Creek2,0291.8%
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