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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 -7,849
Net International Migration11716 10,472
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)283181.1%24,994

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%
Two or More Race Groups2,624111.6%1.9%
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 2013 (Includes detail not shown below)61,5029100.0%100.0%
Married With Children13,866822.5%19.8%
Married Without Children20,076732.6%30.1%
Single Parents5,11398.3%9.8%
Living Alone15,0891124.5%27.7%

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 2013 (includes vacant units)66,3069100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2013)$165,7003  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2013)$7223  

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
Adults (25+ in 2013 ACS)110,46282.6%4,258,878
with High School diploma or higher91.4%8 87.2%
with B.A. or higher degree25.4%13 23.2%

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 2014$44,4727112.4%39,578
Median Household Income in 201364,5305135.8%$47,508
Poverty Rate in 201311.7%7274.1%15.8%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1815.0%8068.5%21.9%
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
Annual Unemployment Rate6.337105.0%6.0
October 2015 Unemployment Rate4.622109.5%4.2

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
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,5598.4%$124,1323.3%$18,925
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2001.5%$15,1070.4%$12,589
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,09011.7%$475,11612.7%$52,268
  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*

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
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

in 2014
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6100.4%
Burns Harbor1,5710.9%
Dune Acres1860.1%
Ogden Dunes1,1140.7%
Town of Pines7050.4%
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