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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%
White155,035992.8%86.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,624111.6%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic151,251990.5%93.4%
Hispanic15,82569.5%6.6%

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)
47,630771.8%62.0%
Median Value (2013)$165,7003  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
13,8721420.9%26.6%
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
Public28,09072.7%1,039,411
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, 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
Employed78,51192.6%3,035,581
Unemployed5,31862.7%194,959
Annual Unemployment Rate6.337105.0%6.0
May 2015 Unemployment Rate5.422112.5%4.8

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
Farm4960.6%$32,1400.9%$64,798
Nonfarm76,41999.4%$3,679,83499.1%$48,153
Private69,02589.7%$3,316,69089.4%$48,051
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,6338.6%$118,5593.2%$17,874
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2221.6%$13,4020.4%$10,967
  Construction5,0996.6%$390,95310.5%$76,672
  Health Care, Social Serv.8,72811.3%$449,49612.1%$51,500
  Information7260.9%$34,9140.9%$48,091
  Manufacturing9,87912.8%$982,04026.5%$99,407
  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*
Government7,3949.6%$363,1449.8%$49,113

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
Single-Family37082.6%68.1%$101,899$2,748,532
2-Family61.3%2.0%755$40,304
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

NamePopulation
in 2014
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6100.4%
Burns Harbor1,5710.9%
Chesterton13,4038.0%
Dune Acres1860.1%
Hebron3,7132.2%
Kouts1,9491.2%
Ogden Dunes1,1140.7%
Portage36,76022.0%
Porter4,8812.9%
Town of Pines7050.4%
Valparaiso32,36919.4%
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