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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, 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 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)
Median Value (2014)$165,0003  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2014)$7243  

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 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 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, 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
Annual Unemployment Rate5.421112.5%4.8
April 2016 Unemployment Rate5.519114.6%4.8

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, 2015UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed605100.0%100.0%$130,167$3,737,044
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

in 2015
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6100.4%
Burns Harbor1,6091.0%
Dune Acres1860.1%
Ogden Dunes1,1150.7%
Town of Pines7060.4%
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