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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2013 population: 36,812)

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, 2012-2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration4158 -1,515
Net International Migration12015 10,400
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)287181.1%25,233

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%
Two or More Race Groups2,522101.5%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 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 2013 (estimate)66,5349100.0%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 (2012/2013 Total Reported) 29,26372.6%1,115,499
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 2013$48,0024124.3%38,622
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 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, 20131,44792.4%60,445

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force83,29192.6%3,191,866
Annual Unemployment Rate7.44796.1%7.7
January 2015 Unemployment Rate7.41121.3%6.1

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2013 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work76,915100.0%$3,711,974100.0%$48,261
Wage and Salary62,78181.6%$2,615,20370.5%$41,656
Farm Proprietors4280.6%$29,1570.8%$68,124
Nonfarm Proprietors13,70617.8%$463,12712.5%$33,790
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,6338.6%$118,5593.2%$17,874
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2221.6%$13,4020.4%$10,967
  Health Care, Social Serv.8,72811.3%$449,49612.1%$51,500
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,5254.6%$157,6614.2%$44,727
  Retail Trade8,90211.6%$233,5476.3%$26,235
  Trans., Warehousing2,5243.3%$158,2724.3%$62,707
  Wholesale Trade2,6293.4%$172,0284.6%$65,435
  Other Private (not above)19,022*24.7%*$603,429*16.3%*$31,723*

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
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

in 2013
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6190.4%
Burns Harbor1,4110.8%
Dune Acres1850.1%
Ogden Dunes1,1100.7%
Town of Pines7080.4%
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