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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 (2017 population: 31,056)

Population per Square Mile: 183.90

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,467151.7%6,484,192
Today (2017)110,029161.7%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*112,471161.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.3%48 2.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-30580 -976
Net International Migration-282 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)130240.6%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,600156.0%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)17,1931415.6%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)9,060178.2%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)27,7601525.2%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)30,2121427.5%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)19,2041417.5%15.4%
Median Age40.6  Median Age = 37.7

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone512110.5%0.4%
Asian Alone659260.6%2.4%
Black Alone12,634711.5%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone32280.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,529162.3%2.1%
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 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)43,05216100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,6621515.5%19.0%
Married Without Children13,9381332.4%30.0%
Single Parents4,3631310.1%9.7%
Living Alone11,8411727.5%28.2%

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 2017 (estimate)49,13616100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)48,75216100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2016)$123,70031  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2016)$57522  

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 2016 ACS)77,055151.8%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher87.5%51 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree17.6%37 24.6%

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 2017$40,2534389.2%45,150
Median Household Income in 201652,76335100.9%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201615.7%22112.1%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1826.7%4139.8%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2017129121.9%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 201714,45582.2%656,297
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, 20161,310141.6%83,063
Births to Teens, 2016114102.2%5,294
Deaths, 20161,268122.0%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force47,624171.4%3,320,409
Annual Unemployment Rate4.56128.6%3.5
October 2018 Unemployment Rate4.39119.4%3.6

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work53,127100.0%$2,505,768100.0%$47,166
Wage and Salary43,24281.4%$1,772,27170.7%$40,985
Farm Proprietors6261.2%$-8,317-0.3%$-13,286
Nonfarm Proprietors9,25917.4%$290,32511.6%$31,356
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,2738.0%$108,9034.3%$25,486
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,7843.4%$60,0012.4%$33,633
  Health Care, Social Serv.5,96911.2%$345,63013.8%$57,904
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6563.1%$72,4932.9%$43,776
  Retail Trade6,55312.3%$171,5116.8%$26,173
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,4762.8%$94,0283.8%$63,705
  Other Private (not above)10,192*19.2%*$343,952*13.7%*$33,747*

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, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed157100.0%100.0%$37,400$4,583,500
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$13,000
5+ Family63.8%23.4%$710$469,056

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 2017
Percent of County
Kingsford Heights1,4001.3%
La Crosse5320.5%
La Porte21,68119.7%
Long Beach1,1561.1%
Michiana Shores2980.3%
Michigan City31,05628.2%
Pottawattomie Park2250.2%
Trail Creek2,0031.8%
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