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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 (2020 population: 31,054)

Population per Square Mile: 183.29

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,466151.7%6,484,050
Today (2020)109,663161.6%6,785,644
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*112,029161.6%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.6%54 4.7%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-36285 14,280
Net International Migration3726 4,756
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-6179-8.8%692

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,407145.8%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)16,9461415.5%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)8,871178.1%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)27,9591525.5%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)28,8331526.3%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)20,6471418.8%16.5%
Median Age40.8  Median Age = 38.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone533120.5%0.4%
Asian Alone718270.7%2.7%
Black Alone12,864811.7%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone32330.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,885142.6%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 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)43,03916100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,2851814.6%18.5%
Married Without Children13,0861530.4%29.7%
Single Parents4,6341310.8%9.3%
Living Alone12,3911728.8%29.0%

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 2020 (estimate)49,35516100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)49,17716100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2019)$132,60034  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2019)$61322  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 16,744141.5%1,112,460
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)77,222151.7%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher88.5%47 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree18%43 26.5%

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 2020$46,2744889.1%51,926
Median Household Income in 201956,4274497.9%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 201913.4%19112.6%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1823.2%5153.6%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2021122131.9%6,453
Food Stamp Recipients in 202113,567112.1%636,675
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, 20191,175151.5%80,859
Births to Teens, 201785111.6%5,152
Deaths, 20191,249131.9%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force47,444161.4%3,319,010
Annual Unemployment Rate9.55133.8%7.1
November 2021 Unemployment Rate2.81215.4%1.3

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2020 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work50,633100.0%$2,648,482100.0%$52,307
Wage and Salary41,14081.3%$1,893,57671.5%$46,028
Farm Proprietors6241.2%$51,3221.9%$82,247
Nonfarm Proprietors8,86917.5%$228,0328.6%$25,711
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3,9367.8%$93,3003.5%$23,704
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2622.5%$40,4271.5%$32,034
  Health Care, Social Serv.5,86911.6%$365,97013.8%$62,356
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6013.2%$77,9332.9%$48,678
  Retail Trade5,73311.3%$181,3786.8%$31,638
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,7113.4%$107,2474.0%$62,681
  Other Private (not above)9,829*19.4%*$374,845*14.2%*$38,137*

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, 2020UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed120100.0%100.0%$34,612$5,872,297
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.8%$0$25,965
5+ Family00.0%20.6%$0$552,508

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 2020
Percent of County
Kingsford Heights1,3791.3%
La Crosse5110.5%
La Porte21,44919.6%
Long Beach1,1391.0%
Michiana Shores2960.3%
Michigan City31,05428.3%
Pottawattomie Park2210.2%
Trail Creek1,9851.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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