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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 (2019 population: 31,015)

Population per Square Mile: 183.67

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,466151.7%6,484,192
Today (2019)109,888161.6%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*112,029161.6%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.4%51 3.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2018-2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-12768 3,997
Net International Migration762 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)33400.2%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,459145.9%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)16,8501415.3%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)8,971178.2%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)28,0141525.5%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)29,2911426.7%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)20,3031318.5%16.1%
Median Age40.8  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2019NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone530110.5%0.4%
Asian Alone716250.7%2.6%
Black Alone12,750811.6%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone30310.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,620172.4%2.2%
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 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)42,90416100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,4611815.1%18.6%
Married Without Children13,5321431.5%29.9%
Single Parents4,3311310.1%9.5%
Living Alone11,9731727.9%28.5%

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 2019 (estimate)49,31516100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)49,06116100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2018)$127,70033  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2018)$60624  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 17,233141.6%1,111,333
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)77,246151.8%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher88.3%49 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree17.9%42 25.9%

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 2018$42,5274390.2%47,149
Median Household Income in 201852,0955893.5%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 201815.7%12120.8%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1824.9%5142.3%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201991121.7%5,235
Food Stamp Recipients in 201912,569102.2%581,821
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20209,234121.8%507,739

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, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force48,062171.4%3,387,366
Annual Unemployment Rate4.34130.3%3.3
June 2020 Unemployment Rate15.64139.3%11.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2018 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work53,496100.0%$2,573,842100.0%$48,113
Wage and Salary43,29280.9%$1,845,89571.7%$42,638
Farm Proprietors6151.1%$1,2100.0%$1,967
Nonfarm Proprietors9,58917.9%$278,24910.8%$29,018
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,3618.2%$112,6034.4%$25,820
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,7253.2%$57,6032.2%$33,393
  Health Care, Social Serv.5,91311.1%$344,36513.4%$58,239
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,7273.2%$74,7952.9%$43,309
  Retail Trade6,38911.9%$173,4486.7%$27,148
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,4492.7%$95,2443.7%$65,731
  Other Private (not above)10,456*19.5%*$359,390*14.0%*$34,372*

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, 2019UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed115100.0%100.0%$27,635$4,988,366
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.7%$0$26,551
5+ Family00.0%24.6%$0$615,228

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 2019
Percent of County
Kingsford Heights1,3861.3%
La Crosse5150.5%
La Porte21,56919.6%
Long Beach1,1581.1%
Michiana Shores2970.3%
Michigan City31,01528.2%
Pottawattomie Park2240.2%
Trail Creek1,9921.8%
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