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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, 2012NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,340115.6%6.5%
School Age (5 to 17)29,462817.8%17.8%
College Age (18 to 24)15,330129.3%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)42,056925.4%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)47,331828.6%26.5%
Seniors (65 and older)22,163813.4%13.6%
Median Age39.0  Median Age = 37.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2012NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone58580.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,170121.3%1.8%
Black Alone5,618163.4%9.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone48200.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,454101.5%1.8%
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 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 2012 (estimate)66,4179100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2012 (includes vacant units)66,2089100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2012)$166,6003  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
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
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, 20111,756112.1%83,750
Births to Teens, 2011123161.5%8,010
Deaths, 20111,34282.3%58,154

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2012NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force82,44892.6%3,168,712
Annual Unemployment Rate7.76495.1%8.1
February 2014 Unemployment Rate7.51119.0%6.3

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%
  Accommodation, Food Serv.$111,7523.1%
  Arts, Ent., Recreation$12,2740.3%
  Health Care, Social Serv.$432,70012.1%
  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%*

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, 2012UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed398100.0%100.0%$83,628$2,349,911
3- and 4-Family82.0%1.6%$1,029$15,508
5+ Family8020.1%23.1%$3,890$246,728

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 2012
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6170.4%
Burns Harbor1,2220.7%
Dune Acres1830.1%
Ogden Dunes1,1120.7%
Town of Pines7070.4%
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