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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2014 population: 36,760)

Population per Square Mile: 399.51

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,34392.5%6,483,797
Today (2014)167,07692.5%6,596,855
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*179,751102.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.7%19 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 Migration2677 -7,506
Net International Migration11716 12,513
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)283181.2%24,062

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2014NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,179115.5%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)28,966817.3%17.6%
College Age (18 to 24)15,443129.2%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)42,6401025.5%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)46,857828.0%26.3%
Seniors (65 and older)23,991814.4%14.3%
Median Age39.3  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 Alone61380.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,442111.5%2.0%
Black Alone6,303153.8%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone59200.0%0.1%
White155,035992.8%86.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,624111.6%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic151,251990.5%93.4%
Hispanic15,82569.5%6.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2014 (Includes detail not shown below)61,6939100.0%100.0%
Married With Children14,074822.8%19.4%
Married Without Children19,833832.1%30.1%
Single Parents5,23298.5%9.9%
Living Alone14,9891124.3%27.8%

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)67,0599100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2014 (includes vacant units)66,5729100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
47,744771.7%61.6%
Median Value (2014)$165,0003  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
13,9491421.0%27.1%
Median Rent (2014)$7243  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2014/2015 Total Reported) 29,32582.6%1,130,285
Public27,70582.6%1,045,779
Adults (25+ in 2014 ACS)111,37682.6%4,287,819
with High School diploma or higher91.6%9 87.6%
with B.A. or higher degree26.4%13 23.6%

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 2014$44,4727112.4%39,578
Median Household Income in 201463,0306127.6%$49,384
Poverty Rate in 201410.0%8165.8%15.2%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.2%8362.3%21.2%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2014112161.2%9,498
Food Stamp Recipients in 201413,983121.6%878,155
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 20149,84291.9%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, 20131,770102.1%83,115
Births to Teens, 2013105161.5%6,810
Deaths, 20131,44792.4%60,445

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2014NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force83,82992.6%3,230,540
Employed78,51192.6%3,035,581
Unemployed5,31862.7%194,959
Annual Unemployment Rate6.337105.0%6.0
December 2015 Unemployment Rate5.418117.4%4.6

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 work77,811100.0%$3,742,352100.0%$48,095
Wage and Salary63,65681.8%$2,700,41872.2%$42,422
Farm Proprietors4120.5%$7,6860.2%$18,655
Nonfarm Proprietors13,74317.7%$400,43610.7%$29,137
Farm4980.6%$11,1180.3%$22,325
Nonfarm77,31399.4%$3,731,23499.7%$48,261
Private69,91789.9%$3,374,45390.2%$48,264
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,5598.4%$124,1323.3%$18,925
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2001.5%$15,1070.4%$12,589
  Construction4,7926.2%$360,0209.6%$75,129
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,09011.7%$475,11612.7%$52,268
  Information7731.0%$39,8281.1%$51,524
  Manufacturing10,05512.9%$950,39025.4%$94,519
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,6224.7%$160,2414.3%$44,241
  Retail Trade8,87411.4%$239,1926.4%$26,954
  Trans., Warehousing2,5683.3%$180,4744.8%$70,278
  Wholesale Trade2,6433.4%$182,9944.9%$69,237
  Other Private (not above)19,601*25.2%*$644,361*17.2%*$32,874*
Government7,3969.5%$356,7819.5%$48,240

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 Filed448100.0%100.0%$109,639$3,222,176
Single-Family37082.6%68.1%$101,899$2,748,532
2-Family61.3%2.0%755$40,304
3- and 4-Family00.0%1.1%$0$18,185
5+ Family7216.1%28.7%$6,985$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 Porter County

NamePopulation
in 2014
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6100.4%
Burns Harbor1,5710.9%
Chesterton13,4038.0%
Dune Acres1860.1%
Hebron3,7132.2%
Kouts1,9491.2%
Ogden Dunes1,1140.7%
Portage36,76022.0%
Porter4,8812.9%
Town of Pines7050.4%
Valparaiso32,36919.4%
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