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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2016 population: 36,505)

Population per Square Mile: 401.22

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,34792.5%6,484,136
Today (2016)167,79192.5%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*179,751102.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.1%21 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-14551 -12,135
Net International Migration14914 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)188190.8%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2016NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,295115.5%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)28,433916.9%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)15,286129.1%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)42,1691025.1%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)46,663827.8%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)25,945815.5%14.9%
Median Age39.7  Median Age = 37.6

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone58580.3%0.4%
Asian Alone2,449121.5%2.2%
Black Alone6,527153.9%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone61190.0%0.1%
White155,507992.7%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups2,662121.6%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic151,2921090.2%93.2%
Hispanic16,49969.8%6.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)62,4299100.0%100.0%
Married With Children14,071822.5%19.0%
Married Without Children20,237832.4%30.0%
Single Parents5,276108.5%9.7%
Living Alone14,9301123.9%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 2016 (estimate)67,8719100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)67,0659100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
47,915771.4%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$168,3005  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
14,5141421.6%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$7333  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 28,33982.6%1,110,866
Public27,45582.6%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)113,06382.6%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher91.7%8 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree26.1%14 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 2016$46,9658109.0%43,097
Median Household Income in 201667,3025128.7%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 20167.8%8555.7%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 189.9%8551.8%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201684201.1%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 201612,070121.7%722,928
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20179,57791.9%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, 20151,714112.0%84,008
Births to Teens, 201566201.1%5,876
Deaths, 20151,48392.4%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force85,96492.6%3,326,893
Employed81,547102.6%3,179,806
Unemployed4,41763.0%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate5.118115.9%4.4
October 2017 Unemployment Rate3.821111.8%3.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work80,451100.0%$3,911,060100.0%$48,614
Wage and Salary64,35480.0%$2,803,59271.7%$43,565
Farm Proprietors4070.5%$-446-0.0%$-1,096
Nonfarm Proprietors15,69019.5%$429,05511.0%$27,346
Farm4860.6%$2,3500.1%$4,835
Nonfarm79,96599.4%$3,908,71099.9%$48,880
Private72,56390.2%$3,530,29990.3%$48,652
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,6008.2%$138,1723.5%$20,935
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2061.5%$16,4190.4%$13,614
  Construction5,0656.3%$364,4969.3%$71,964
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,67912.0%$537,84313.8%$55,568
  Information8071.0%$40,4471.0%$50,120
  Manufacturing10,13412.6%$849,75721.7%$83,852
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,8334.8%$191,1324.9%$49,865
  Retail Trade9,23511.5%$263,0176.7%$28,480
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade2,7653.4%$195,7635.0%$70,800
  Other Private (not above)20,001*24.9%*$676,871*17.3%*$33,842*
Government7,4029.2%$378,4119.7%$51,123

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, 2016UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed612100.0%100.0%$139,756$3,875,847
Single-Family41267.3%75.2%$114,565$3,417,822
2-Family162.6%3.1%1,607$64,063
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$21,320
5+ Family18430.1%20.9%$23,584$372,642

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 Porter County

NamePopulation
in 2016
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6090.4%
Burns Harbor1,6431.0%
Chesterton13,4418.0%
Dune Acres1850.1%
Hebron3,6942.2%
Kouts1,9621.2%
Ogden Dunes1,1060.7%
Portage36,50521.8%
Porter4,8462.9%
Town of Pines7000.4%
Valparaiso33,10419.7%
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