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LaPorte County, Indiana

The French word meaning "the door" gave the county its name when formed in 1832

County Seat: La Porte

Largest City: Michigan City (2013 population: 31,494)

Population per Square Mile: 186.00

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,467151.7%6,483,797
Today (2013)111,281161.7%6,570,713
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*112,471161.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.2%42 1.3%

*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 Migration-11660 -1,515
Net International Migration2037 10,400
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)182230.7%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)6,630146.0%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)17,9881416.2%17.7%
College Age (18 to 24)9,623168.6%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)28,5961525.7%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)31,4201328.2%26.4%
Seniors (65 and older)17,0241415.3%13.9%
Median Age40.1  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 Alone434140.4%0.4%
Asian Alone625240.6%1.9%
Black Alone12,466611.2%9.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone29270.0%0.1%
White95,4471785.8%86.3%
Two or More Race Groups2,280152.0%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic104,7121794.1%93.6%
Hispanic6,56995.9%6.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2013 (Includes detail not shown below)42,69015100.0%100.0%
Married With Children7,1361516.7%19.8%
Married Without Children13,6091331.9%30.1%
Single Parents4,156149.7%9.8%
Living Alone12,4171329.1%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)48,62515100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2013 (includes vacant units)48,50815100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
31,0271364.0%62.0%
Median Value (2013)$122,80030  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
11,6631624.0%26.6%
Median Rent (2013)$55620  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2012/2013 Total Reported) 17,920141.6%1,115,499
Public16,894141.6%1,039,411
Adults (25+ in 2013 ACS)76,715131.8%4,258,878
with High School diploma or higher86.5%42 87.2%
with B.A. or higher degree17.3%33 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$33,3976986.5%38,622
Median Household Income in 201346,6104798.1%$47,508
Poverty Rate in 201317.0%21107.6%15.8%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1826.9%16122.8%21.9%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201322691.9%11,711
Food Stamp Recipients in 201319,09392.1%922,273
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 20139,090121.8%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, 20121,286151.5%83,250
Births to Teens, 2012125141.7%7,431
Deaths, 20121,143131.9%59,168

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force48,905171.5%3,179,935
Employed44,291171.5%2,940,897
Unemployed4,614121.9%239,038
Annual Unemployment Rate9.47125.3%7.5
December 2014 Unemployment Rate8.03137.9%5.8

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 work54,659100.0%$2,343,819100.0%$42,881
Wage and Salary43,76280.1%$1,671,93771.3%$38,205
Farm Proprietors7131.3%$52,6372.2%$73,825
Nonfarm Proprietors10,18418.6%$199,7168.5%$19,611
Farm1,0521.9%$67,7512.9%$64,402
Nonfarm53,60798.1%$2,276,06897.1%$42,458
Private46,32084.7%$1,906,46081.3%$41,158
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,2177.7%$71,3443.0%$16,918
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,8523.4%$56,1402.4%$30,313
  Construction2,9695.4%$188,7538.1%$63,575
  Health Care, Social Serv.6,03411.0%$332,55714.2%$55,114
  Information3770.7%$11,6790.5%$30,979
  Manufacturing7,76614.2%$488,44120.8%$62,895
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6293.0%$57,2742.4%$35,159
  Retail Trade6,70312.3%$161,2046.9%$24,050
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)10,720*19.6%*$292,289*12.5%*$27,266*
Government7,28713.3%$369,60815.8%$50,722

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 Filed113100.0%100.0%$21,378$3,065,788
Single-Family9785.8%67.3%$20,838$2,631,508
2-Family00.0%2.2%0$38,302
3- and 4-Family1614.2%0.9%$540$13,598
5+ Family00.0%29.6%$0$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 LaPorte County

NamePopulation
in 2013
Percent of County
Kingsbury2400.2%
Kingsford Heights1,4251.3%
La Crosse5400.5%
La Porte22,01019.8%
Long Beach1,1761.1%
Michiana Shores3110.3%
Michigan City31,49428.3%
Pottawattomie Park2330.2%
Trail Creek2,0221.8%
Wanatah1,0340.9%
Westville5,9565.4%
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