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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2015 population: 36,738)

Population per Square Mile: 400.98

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,34792.5%6,484,192
Today (2015)167,68892.5%6,619,680
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*179,751102.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.0%19 2.1%

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

Components of Population Change, 2014-2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-17968 -14,881
Net International Migration18714 12,574
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)274181.1%25,260

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2015NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,199115.5%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)28,781817.2%17.5%
College Age (18 to 24)15,421129.2%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)42,5951025.4%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)46,730827.9%26.2%
Seniors (65 and older)24,962814.9%14.6%
Median Age39.5  Median Age = 37.5

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2015NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone61280.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,596111.5%2.1%
Black Alone6,588153.9%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone58200.0%0.1%
White155,126992.5%85.8%
Two or More Race Groups2,708121.6%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic151,4031090.3%93.3%
Hispanic16,28569.7%6.7%

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 2015 (estimate)67,3839100.0%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 (2015/2016 Total Reported) 28,38182.6%1,108,151
Public27,41982.6%1,046,058
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 201591171.1%8,338
Food Stamp Recipients in 201513,351121.6%810,606
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 20169,66291.9%504,539

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, 20141,82492.2%84,080
Births to Teens, 2014105131.7%6,277
Deaths, 20141,39792.3%60,798

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force84,16192.6%3,265,761
Employed79,63792.6%3,109,217
Unemployed4,52462.9%156,544
Annual Unemployment Rate5.421112.5%4.8
July 2016 Unemployment Rate5.018113.6%4.4

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, 2015UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed605100.0%100.0%$130,167$3,737,044
Single-Family35458.5%68.4%$99,151$2,929,210
2-Family122.0%2.8%1,205$54,124
3- and 4-Family91.5%1.6%$1,041$31,656
5+ Family23038.0%27.2%$28,770$722,054

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 2015
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6100.4%
Burns Harbor1,6091.0%
Chesterton13,4338.0%
Dune Acres1860.1%
Hebron3,7042.2%
Kouts1,9671.2%
Ogden Dunes1,1150.7%
Portage36,73821.9%
Porter4,8792.9%
Town of Pines7060.4%
Valparaiso32,62619.5%
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