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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 (2014 population: 31,487)

Population per Square Mile: 186.27

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,467151.7%6,483,797
Today (2014)111,444161.7%6,596,855
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*112,471161.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.0%40 1.7%

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

Components of Population Change, 2013-2014NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration9614 -7,506
Net International Migration1639 12,513
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)108310.4%24,062

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2014NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,535145.9%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)17,9671416.1%17.6%
College Age (18 to 24)9,579168.6%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)28,5221525.6%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)31,2551328.0%26.3%
Seniors (65 and older)17,5861415.8%14.3%
Median Age40.2  Median Age = 37.5

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2014NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone445140.4%0.4%
Asian Alone633250.6%2.0%
Black Alone12,706611.4%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone27290.0%0.1%
White95,2421785.5%86.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,391152.1%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic104,6771793.9%93.4%
Hispanic6,76796.1%6.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2014 (Includes detail not shown below)42,75616100.0%100.0%
Married With Children7,1901516.8%19.4%
Married Without Children14,0261332.8%30.1%
Single Parents4,067169.5%9.9%
Living Alone12,0321428.1%27.8%

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 2014 (estimate)48,76916100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2014 (includes vacant units)48,61515100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
30,4481462.6%61.6%
Median Value (2014)$124,00028  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
12,3081525.3%27.1%
Median Rent (2014)$56721  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2014/2015 Total Reported) 18,183141.6%1,130,285
Public17,065141.6%1,045,779
Adults (25+ in 2014 ACS)76,956141.8%4,287,819
with High School diploma or higher86.8%48 87.6%
with B.A. or higher degree17.1%38 23.6%

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 2014$35,8825590.7%39,578
Median Household Income in 201446,2435693.6%$49,384
Poverty Rate in 201417.9%10117.8%15.2%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1828.9%5136.3%21.2%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2014175131.8%9,498
Food Stamp Recipients in 201418,15392.1%878,155
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 20149,223111.8%514,128

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, 20131,319141.6%83,115
Births to Teens, 2013132111.9%6,810
Deaths, 20131,124131.9%60,445

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2014NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force48,934171.5%3,230,540
Employed45,155171.5%3,035,581
Unemployed3,779151.9%194,959
Annual Unemployment Rate7.78128.3%6.0
December 2015 Unemployment Rate6.46139.1%4.6

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2014 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work54,725100.0%$2,379,353100.0%$43,478
Wage and Salary43,70979.9%$1,697,84671.4%$38,844
Farm Proprietors6431.2%$47,7392.0%$74,244
Nonfarm Proprietors10,37319.0%$203,1978.5%$19,589
Farm8631.6%$59,0302.5%$68,401
Nonfarm53,86298.4%$2,320,32397.5%$43,079
Private46,66485.3%$1,964,54682.6%$42,100
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,3157.9%$75,4513.2%$17,486
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,8433.4%$55,9362.4%$30,351
  Construction2,9795.4%$197,9268.3%$66,440
  Health Care, Social Serv.6,01611.0%$331,18013.9%$55,050
  Information3730.7%$12,1850.5%$32,668
  Manufacturing7,88614.4%$504,57421.2%$63,984
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6313.0%$60,4402.5%$37,057
  Retail Trade6,75212.3%$164,8576.9%$24,416
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,4772.7%$89,4323.8%$60,550
  Other Private (not above)10,875*19.9%*$308,341*13.0%*$28,353*
Government7,19813.2%$355,77715.0%$49,427

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, 2014UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed125100.0%100.0%$24,548$3,222,176
Single-Family10180.8%68.1%$23,748$2,748,532
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$40,304
3- and 4-Family00.0%1.1%$0$18,185
5+ Family2419.2%28.7%$800$415,155

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 2014
Percent of County
Kingsbury2460.2%
Kingsford Heights1,4281.3%
La Crosse5410.5%
La Porte22,00719.7%
Long Beach1,1601.0%
Michiana Shores3050.3%
Michigan City31,48728.3%
Pottawattomie Park2330.2%
Trail Creek2,0361.8%
Wanatah1,0290.9%
Westville5,9595.3%
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