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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 (2021 population: 32,033)

Population per Square Mile: 186.65

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,466151.7%6,484,050
Today (2022)111,675161.6%6,833,037
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*112,029161.6%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today0.2%41 5.4%

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

Components of Population Change, 2021-2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-45787 5,230
Net International Migration1059 15,490
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-32788-31.9%1,024

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2021NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,257145.6%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)17,7091415.8%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)9,055178.1%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)28,9511525.8%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)29,3711426.1%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)21,0471318.7%16.4%
Median Age40.8  Median Age = 38.1

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2021NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone558130.5%0.4%
Asian Alone746260.7%2.7%
Black Alone13,144811.7%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone31350.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,992142.7%2.3%
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 2021 (Includes detail not shown below)43,25616100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,4801715.0%18.2%
Married Without Children13,3901531.0%29.8%
Single Parents4,4091310.2%9.2%
Living Alone12,3171628.5%29.1%

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 2021 (estimate)49,86016100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2021 (includes vacant units)49,65616100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2021)$145,60036  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2021)$64723  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 16,975141.5%1,120,155
Adults (25+ in 2021 ACS)78,799151.8%4,501,214
with High School diploma or higher89.4%47 89.8%
with B.A. or higher degree19.7%38 27.8%

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 2021$49,5085487.6%56,497
Median Household Income in 202162,6203599.8%$62,723
Poverty Rate in 202112.2%35100.8%12.1%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1818.7%24119.1%15.7%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202269151.8%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 202212,817112.1%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/20228,899121.8%481,568

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%80,851
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%3,355,642
Annual Unemployment Rate5.13130.8%3.9
February 2023 Unemployment Rate4.75134.3%3.5

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2021 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work52,276100.0%$2,857,071100.0%$54,654
Wage and Salary41,63679.6%$2,055,72772.0%$49,374
Farm Proprietors6201.2%$55,1441.9%$88,942
Nonfarm Proprietors10,02019.2%$258,9449.1%$25,843
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,1187.9%$118,7834.2%$28,845
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2222.3%$43,6061.5%$35,684
  Health Care, Social Serv.5,98011.4%$385,51913.5%$64,468
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6423.1%$86,6623.0%$52,778
  Retail Trade6,04011.6%$201,3857.0%$33,342
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,8073.5%$122,3254.3%$67,695
  Other Private (not above)10,137*19.4%*$405,561*14.2%*$40,008*

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
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

in 2021
Percent of County
Kingsford Heights1,3281.2%
La Crosse5710.5%
La Porte22,38320.0%
Long Beach1,1871.1%
Michiana Shores3040.3%
Michigan City32,03328.7%
Pottawattomie Park2440.2%
Trail Creek2,0551.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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