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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 (2014 population: 31,487)

Population per Square Mile: 186.27

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,467151.7%6,483,797
Today (2014)111,444161.7%6,596,855
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*112,471161.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.0%40 1.7%

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

Components of Population Change, 2013-2014NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration9614 -7,849
Net International Migration1639 10,472
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)108310.4%24,994

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2014NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,535145.9%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)17,9671416.1%17.6%
College Age (18 to 24)9,579168.6%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)28,5221525.6%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)31,2551328.0%26.3%
Seniors (65 and older)17,5861415.8%14.3%
Median Age40.2  Median Age = 37.5

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2014NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone445140.4%0.4%
Asian Alone633250.6%2.0%
Black Alone12,706611.4%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone27290.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,391152.1%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 2013 (Includes detail not shown below)42,69015100.0%100.0%
Married With Children7,1361516.7%19.8%
Married Without Children13,6091331.9%30.1%
Single Parents4,156149.7%9.8%
Living Alone12,4171329.1%27.7%

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 2014 (estimate)48,76916100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2013 (includes vacant units)48,50815100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2013)$122,80030  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2013)$55620  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2014/2015 Total Reported) 18,183141.6%1,130,285
Adults (25+ in 2013 ACS)76,715131.8%4,258,878
with High School diploma or higher86.5%42 87.2%
with B.A. or higher degree17.3%33 23.2%

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 2014$35,8825590.7%39,578
Median Household Income in 201346,6104798.1%$47,508
Poverty Rate in 201317.0%21107.6%15.8%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1826.9%16122.8%21.9%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2014175131.8%9,498
Food Stamp Recipients in 201418,15392.1%878,155
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 20149,223111.8%514,128

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, 20131,319141.6%83,115
Births to Teens, 2013132111.9%6,810
Deaths, 20131,124131.9%60,445

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2014NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force48,934171.5%3,230,540
Annual Unemployment Rate7.78128.3%6.0
October 2015 Unemployment Rate5.38126.2%4.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2014 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work54,725100.0%$2,379,353100.0%$43,478
Wage and Salary43,70979.9%$1,697,84671.4%$38,844
Farm Proprietors6431.2%$47,7392.0%$74,244
Nonfarm Proprietors10,37319.0%$203,1978.5%$19,589
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,3157.9%$75,4513.2%$17,486
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,8433.4%$55,9362.4%$30,351
  Health Care, Social Serv.6,01611.0%$331,18013.9%$55,050
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6313.0%$60,4402.5%$37,057
  Retail Trade6,75212.3%$164,8576.9%$24,416
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,4772.7%$89,4323.8%$60,550
  Other Private (not above)10,875*19.9%*$308,341*13.0%*$28,353*

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, 2014UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed125100.0%100.0%$24,548$3,222,176
3- and 4-Family00.0%1.1%$0$18,185
5+ Family2419.2%28.7%$800$415,155

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 2014
Percent of County
Kingsford Heights1,4281.3%
La Crosse5410.5%
La Porte22,00719.7%
Long Beach1,1601.0%
Michiana Shores3050.3%
Michigan City31,48728.3%
Pottawattomie Park2330.2%
Trail Creek2,0361.8%
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