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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 (2018 population: 31,118)

Population per Square Mile: 183.87

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,463151.7%6,484,192
Today (2018)110,007161.6%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*112,471161.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.3%49 3.2%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration5131 3,555
Net International Migration2428 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)27470.1%19,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,547146.0%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)17,0141415.5%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)9,017178.2%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)27,9351525.4%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)29,8021427.1%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)19,6921317.9%15.8%
Median Age40.6  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2018NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone512120.5%0.4%
Asian Alone689250.6%2.5%
Black Alone12,718711.6%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone36270.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,598162.4%2.1%
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 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)42,97516100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,7121515.6%18.8%
Married Without Children13,6281431.7%30.0%
Single Parents4,200139.8%9.6%
Living Alone11,8831727.7%28.3%

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 2018 (estimate)49,22516100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)49,01416100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2017)$126,70030  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2017)$59422  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 17,327141.6%1,117,590
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)77,203151.8%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher87.9%51 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree17.8%41 25.3%

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 2017$40,2534389.2%45,150
Median Household Income in 201751,5324995.2%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201714.5%22109.0%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1821.7%22121.9%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201896141.6%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 201813,26692.2%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20198,910121.7%514,915

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, 20171,276141.6%82,170
Births to Teens, 201785111.6%5,152
Deaths, 20171,226151.9%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force48,027171.4%3,381,713
Annual Unemployment Rate4.46129.4%3.4
August 2019 Unemployment Rate3.91139.3%2.8

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work53,127100.0%$2,505,768100.0%$47,166
Wage and Salary43,24281.4%$1,772,27170.7%$40,985
Farm Proprietors6261.2%$-8,317-0.3%$-13,286
Nonfarm Proprietors9,25917.4%$290,32511.6%$31,356
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,2738.0%$108,9034.3%$25,486
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,7843.4%$60,0012.4%$33,633
  Health Care, Social Serv.5,96911.2%$345,63013.8%$57,904
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6563.1%$72,4932.9%$43,776
  Retail Trade6,55312.3%$171,5116.8%$26,173
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,4762.8%$94,0283.8%$63,705
  Other Private (not above)10,192*19.2%*$343,952*13.7%*$33,747*

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, 2018UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed140100.0%100.0%$32,150$4,879,857
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.2%$0$6,163
5+ Family00.0%21.4%$0$555,144

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

in 2018
Percent of County
Kingsford Heights1,3931.3%
La Crosse5310.5%
La Porte21,61019.6%
Long Beach1,1551.0%
Michiana Shores2970.3%
Michigan City31,11828.3%
Pottawattomie Park2250.2%
Trail Creek1,9981.8%
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