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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 (2015 population: 31,459)

Population per Square Mile: 185.33

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,467151.7%6,484,192
Today (2015)110,884161.7%6,619,680
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*112,471161.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.5%42 2.1%

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

Components of Population Change, 2014-2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-95190 -14,881
Net International Migration5324 12,574
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)151250.6%25,260

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%
Two or More Race Groups2,391152.1%1.9%
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 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 2015 (estimate)48,78216100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2014 (includes vacant units)48,61515100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2014)$124,00028  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
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
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 2015152131.8%8,338
Food Stamp Recipients in 201517,06592.1%810,606
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, 20141,331141.6%84,080
Births to Teens, 2014126102.0%6,277
Deaths, 20141,196122.0%60,798

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force48,522171.5%3,265,761
Annual Unemployment Rate6.36131.3%4.8
April 2016 Unemployment Rate6.55135.4%4.8

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
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,3157.9%$75,4513.2%$17,486
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,8433.4%$55,9362.4%$30,351
  Health Care, Social Serv.6,01611.0%$331,18013.9%$55,050
  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*

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, 2015UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed159100.0%100.0%$39,741$3,737,044
3- and 4-Family00.0%1.6%$0$31,656
5+ Family5031.4%27.2%$10,000$722,054

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 2015
Percent of County
Kingsford Heights1,4211.3%
La Crosse5370.5%
La Porte21,91619.8%
Long Beach1,1621.0%
Michiana Shores3040.3%
Michigan City31,45928.4%
Pottawattomie Park2320.2%
Trail Creek2,0291.8%
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