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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2012 population: 36,860)

Population per Square Mile: 398.27

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,34392.5%6,483,797
Today (2013)166,55792.5%6,570,902
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*179,751102.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.3%19 1.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2012-2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration4158 -1,179
Net International Migration12015 9,404
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)287181.1%25,992

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2013NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,166115.5%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)29,325817.6%17.7%
College Age (18 to 24)15,511129.3%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)42,358925.4%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)47,155828.3%26.4%
Seniors (65 and older)23,042813.8%13.9%
Median Age39.2  Median Age = 37.4

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2013NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone60280.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,297121.4%1.9%
Black Alone6,014153.6%9.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone49210.0%0.1%
White155,073993.1%86.3%
Two or More Race Groups2,522101.5%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic151,265990.8%93.6%
Hispanic15,29269.2%6.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2012 (Includes detail not shown below)61,3129100.0%100.0%
Married With Children14,008822.8%20.2%
Married Without Children19,872832.4%30.1%
Single Parents4,943108.1%9.8%
Living Alone15,3651125.1%27.6%

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 2013 (estimate)66,5349100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2012 (includes vacant units)66,2089100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
47,616871.9%62.6%
Median Value (2012)$166,6003  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
13,6961320.7%26.1%
Median Rent (2012)$7043  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2012/2013 Total Reported) 29,26372.6%1,115,499
Public28,09072.7%1,039,411
Adults (25+ in 2012 ACS)109,67182.6%4,229,138
with High School diploma or higher91.7%7 87%
with B.A. or higher degree25.2%13 23%

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 2012$46,9073123.1%38,119
Median Household Income in 201263,8795136.0%$46,954
Poverty Rate in 201210.5%7867.7%15.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.2%8559.7%22.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2013141161.2%11,711
Food Stamp Recipients in 201314,414131.6%922,273
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 20139,82691.9%509,427

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, 20121,779102.1%83,250
Births to Teens, 2012132131.8%7,431
Deaths, 20121,30892.2%59,168

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force83,29192.6%3,179,935
Employed77,12692.6%2,940,897
Unemployed6,16582.6%239,038
Annual Unemployment Rate7.44798.7%7.5
September 2014 Unemployment Rate5.523107.8%5.1

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

Earnings by Industry, 2012 Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
IMPORTANT: The BEA is no longer producing employment by industry for counties. For more information on the loss of data due to
sequestration, go to http://www.bea.gov/about/pdf/bea_fy2013_budget_impact.pdf.
Total by place of work$3,563,005100.0%
Wage and Salary$2,547,95471.5%
Farm Proprietors$32,2790.9%
Nonfarm Proprietors$375,00810.5%
Farm$34,5941.0%
Nonfarm$3,528,41199.0%
Private$3,163,32788.8%
  Accommodation, Food Serv.$111,7523.1%
  Arts, Ent., Recreation$12,2740.3%
  Construction$401,46111.3%
  Health Care, Social Serv.$432,70012.1%
  Information$35,1801.0%
  Manufacturing$911,00225.6%
  Professional, Tech. Serv.$154,8324.3%
  Retail Trade$232,4526.5%
  Trans., Warehousing$155,0284.4%
  Wholesale Trade$156,8434.4%
  Other Private (not above)$557,751*15.7%*
Government$365,08410.2%

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, 2013UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed469100.0%100.0%$121,185$3,065,788
Single-Family40686.6%67.3%$117,502$2,631,508
2-Family102.1%2.2%1,083$38,302
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$13,598
5+ Family5311.3%29.6%$2,600$382,380

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 2012
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6170.4%
Burns Harbor1,2220.7%
Chesterton13,1998.0%
Dune Acres1830.1%
Hebron3,7322.3%
Kouts1,9131.2%
Ogden Dunes1,1120.7%
Portage36,86022.2%
Porter4,8782.9%
Town of Pines7070.4%
Valparaiso32,01419.3%
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