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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2023 population: 38,513)

Population per Square Mile: 419.26

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)173,215102.7%6,484,050
Today (2023)175,335102.6%6,862,199
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*182,536102.6%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today1.2%15 1.1%

*Projection based on 2015 Census population estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2022-2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration34714 4,599
Net International Migration18214 17,869
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-3645-0.5%7,508

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2022NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)8,670115.0%5.9%
School Age (5 to 17)28,267916.2%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)15,627128.9%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)44,6891125.6%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)45,451826.0%24.5%
Seniors (65 and older)32,087818.4%16.9%
Median Age40.9  Median Age = 38.2

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2022NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone68780.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,627131.5%2.8%
Black Alone8,665135.0%10.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone75170.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups3,297131.9%2.4%
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 2022 (Includes detail not shown below)67,9459100.0%100.0%
Married With Children14,115820.8%18.1%
Married Without Children22,148732.6%29.6%
Single Parents5,35997.9%9.0%
Living Alone18,0851026.6%29.4%

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 2023 (estimate)73,1379100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2022 (includes vacant units)71,5729100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2022)$242,3004  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2022)$9216  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2022/2023 Total Reported) 27,94392.5%1,124,094
Adults (25+ in 2022 ACS)120,14082.7%4,532,091
with High School diploma or higher93.9%5 90%
with B.A. or higher degree29.9%14 28.2%

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 2022$63,5576109.0%58,323
Median Household Income in 202284,3526126.3%$66,768
Poverty Rate in 20228.9%8371.2%12.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1810.3%8266.9%15.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202242191.1%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 20229,148151.5%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2022/202310,112132.0%511,735

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, 20211,670112.1%79,946
Births to Teens, 202148211.2%3,845
Deaths, 20191,57282.4%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force86,290112.5%3,401,387
Annual Unemployment Rate3.717112.1%3.3
April 2024 Unemployment Rate3.721108.8%3.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2022 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work87,895100.0%$5,198,302100.0%$59,142
Wage and Salary66,96876.2%$3,797,85773.1%$56,712
Farm Proprietors3820.4%$19,8880.4%$52,063
Nonfarm Proprietors20,54523.4%$589,26111.3%$28,681
  Accommodation, Food Serv.7,3818.4%$205,0463.9%$27,780
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,1571.3%$17,8110.3%$15,394
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,87011.2%$672,41512.9%$68,127
  Professional, Tech. Serv.4,5225.1%$300,5155.8%$66,456
  Retail Trade9,31210.6%$339,3656.5%$36,444
  Trans., Warehousing4,8955.6%$300,4095.8%$61,371
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)22,392*25.5%*$919,361*17.7%*$41,058*

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, 2023UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed627100.0%100.0%$212,619$7,695,489
3- and 4-Family30.5%0.9%$728$40,460
5+ Family12720.3%34.2%$19,415$1,594,777

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 2023
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6030.3%
Burns Harbor2,1421.2%
Dune Acres2340.1%
Ogden Dunes1,1730.7%
Town of Pines5940.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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