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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 (2019 population: 31,209)

Population per Square Mile: 187.85

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,466151.7%6,484,050
Today (2021)112,390151.7%6,805,985
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*112,029161.6%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today0.8%37 5.0%

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

Components of Population Change, 2020-2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration45614 14,280
Net International Migration2323 4,756
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-32788-47.3%692

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,407145.8%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)16,9461415.5%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)8,871178.1%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)27,9591525.5%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)28,8331526.3%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)20,6471418.8%16.5%
Median Age40.8  Median Age = 38.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone533120.5%0.4%
Asian Alone718270.7%2.7%
Black Alone12,864811.7%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone32330.0%0.1%
White92,6311784.5%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups2,885142.6%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic101,8581792.9%92.6%
Hispanic7,80597.1%7.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2020 (Includes detail not shown below)42,72516100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,2181714.6%18.3%
Married Without Children13,2591531.0%29.8%
Single Parents4,5231410.6%9.3%
Living Alone12,0871628.3%29.0%

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 2020 (estimate)49,35516100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2020 (includes vacant units)49,23116100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
31,2971463.6%62.3%
Median Value (2020)$139,90033  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
11,4281723.2%27.4%
Median Rent (2020)$62123  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 16,744141.5%1,112,460
Public15,895141.5%1,033,286
Adults (25+ in 2020 ACS)77,283151.7%4,466,180
with High School diploma or higher89.3%44 89.3%
with B.A. or higher degree19.1%38 27.2%

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 2020$46,2744889.1%51,926
Median Household Income in 201956,4274497.9%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 201913.4%19112.6%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1823.2%5153.6%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2021122131.9%6,453
Food Stamp Recipients in 202113,567112.1%636,675
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20209,234121.8%507,739

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, 20191,175151.5%80,859
Births to Teens, 201785111.6%5,152
Deaths, 20191,249131.9%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force46,208161.4%3,321,548
Employed43,873161.4%3,203,166
Unemployed2,335112.0%118,382
Annual Unemployment Rate5.13141.7%3.6
April 2022 Unemployment Rate3.04136.4%2.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2020 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work50,633100.0%$2,648,482100.0%$52,307
Wage and Salary41,14081.3%$1,893,57671.5%$46,028
Farm Proprietors6241.2%$51,3221.9%$82,247
Nonfarm Proprietors8,86917.5%$228,0328.6%$25,711
Farm8471.7%$60,5362.3%$71,471
Nonfarm49,78698.3%$2,587,94697.7%$51,981
Private43,08485.1%$2,190,82482.7%$50,850
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3,9367.8%$93,3003.5%$23,704
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2622.5%$40,4271.5%$32,034
  Construction2,8805.7%$225,5238.5%$78,307
  Health Care, Social Serv.5,86911.6%$365,97013.8%$62,356
  Information3060.6%$14,4230.5%$47,134
  Manufacturing7,80915.4%$568,05221.4%$72,743
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6013.2%$77,9332.9%$48,678
  Retail Trade5,73311.3%$181,3786.8%$31,638
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,7113.4%$107,2474.0%$62,681
  Other Private (not above)9,829*19.4%*$374,845*14.2%*$38,137*
Government6,70213.2%$397,12215.0%$59,254

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, 2021UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed138100.0%100.0%$47,719$7,583,249
Single-Family13698.6%74.4%$47,499$6,692,956
2-Family21.4%2.4%220$117,031
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$30,324
5+ Family00.0%22.7%$0$742,937

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

NamePopulation
in 2019
Percent of County
Kingsbury2400.2%
Kingsford Heights1,3881.2%
La Crosse5130.5%
La Porte21,56419.2%
Long Beach1,1481.0%
Michiana Shores2970.3%
Michigan City31,20927.8%
Pottawattomie Park2240.2%
Trail Creek1,9951.8%
Wanatah1,0060.9%
Westville5,8585.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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