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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 (2012 population: 31,150)

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%6,570,902
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 -1,179
Net International Migration2037 9,404
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)182230.7%25,992

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2012NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,684146.0%6.5%
School Age (5 to 17)18,2661416.4%17.8%
College Age (18 to 24)9,599168.6%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)28,5581525.7%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)31,5941328.4%26.5%
Seniors (65 and older)16,5451414.9%13.6%
Median Age39.9  Median Age = 37.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2012NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone412150.4%0.4%
Asian Alone613240.6%1.8%
Black Alone12,338611.1%9.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone25280.0%0.1%
White95,5881785.9%86.6%
Two or More Race Groups2,270142.0%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic104,9181794.3%93.7%
Hispanic6,32895.7%6.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2012 (Includes detail not shown below)42,56916100.0%100.0%
Married With Children7,3131617.2%20.2%
Married Without Children13,5321331.8%30.1%
Single Parents4,3971110.3%9.8%
Living Alone12,2571428.8%27.6%

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 2012 (estimate)48,54415100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2012 (includes vacant units)48,48115100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
31,3851364.7%62.6%
Median Value (2012)$120,60032  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
11,1841623.1%26.1%
Median Rent (2012)$55020  

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 2012 ACS)76,567131.8%4,229,138
with High School diploma or higher86.4%40 87%
with B.A. or higher degree16.8%35 23%

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 2012$33,3996387.6%38,119
Median Household Income in 201246,1274398.2%$46,954
Poverty Rate in 201217.1%19110.3%15.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1826.8%11121.3%22.1%
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, 20111,338141.6%83,750
Births to Teens, 2011131121.6%8,010
Deaths, 20111,172132.0%58,154

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
March 2014 Unemployment Rate8.62136.5%6.3

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

Earnings by Industry, 2012 Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
IMPORTANT: The BEA is no longer producing employment by industry for counties. For more information on the loss of data due to
sequestration, go to http://www.bea.gov/about/pdf/bea_fy2013_budget_impact.pdf.
Total by place of work$2,288,467100.0%
Wage and Salary$1,654,49272.3%
Farm Proprietors$34,9851.5%
Nonfarm Proprietors$178,0937.8%
Farm$46,7082.0%
Nonfarm$2,241,75998.0%
Private$1,870,10081.7%
  Accommodation, Food Serv.$70,3923.1%
  Arts, Ent., Recreation$56,6742.5%
  Construction$170,3337.4%
  Health Care, Social Serv.$315,43513.8%
  Information$11,2750.5%
  Manufacturing$505,98822.1%
  Professional, Tech. Serv.$56,9962.5%
  Retail Trade$158,9286.9%
  Trans., Warehousing$119,9995.2%
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)$282,242*12.3%*
Government$371,65916.2%

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, 2012UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed306100.0%100.0%$34,604$2,349,911
Single-Family12239.9%73.4%$29,204$2,063,972
2-Family00.0%1.9%0$23,703
3- and 4-Family00.0%1.6%$0$15,508
5+ Family18460.1%23.1%$5,400$246,728

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 2012
Percent of County
Kingsbury2410.2%
Kingsford Heights1,4251.3%
La Crosse5440.5%
La Porte22,09619.9%
Long Beach1,1751.1%
Michiana Shores3110.3%
Michigan City31,15028.0%
Pottawattomie Park2340.2%
Trail Creek2,0291.8%
Wanatah1,0380.9%
Westville6,0695.5%
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