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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 (2016 population: 31,157)

Population per Square Mile: 183.88

Square Miles: 598.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)111,467151.7%6,484,136
Today (2016)110,015161.7%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*112,471161.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.3%44 2.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2015-2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-83089 -12,135
Net International Migration2434 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)98310.4%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2016NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)6,590146.0%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)17,3871415.8%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)9,355168.5%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)27,7761525.2%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)30,5941427.8%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)18,3131416.6%14.9%
Median Age40.4  Median Age = 37.6

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone493120.4%0.4%
Asian Alone630250.6%2.2%
Black Alone12,589811.4%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone31290.0%0.1%
White93,7951785.3%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups2,477162.3%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic102,9151793.5%93.2%
Hispanic7,10096.5%6.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2015 (Includes detail not shown below)43,00415100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,9971516.3%19.2%
Married Without Children13,8001332.1%30.0%
Single Parents4,131149.6%9.8%
Living Alone12,2101528.4%28.0%

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 2016 (estimate)48,83716100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)48,40915100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
30,3431462.7%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$123,30029  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
12,6611526.2%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$56821  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 17,770141.6%1,110,866
Public16,876141.6%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2015 ACS)77,149151.8%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher86.6%56 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree17.2%41 24.1%

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 2016$38,2165388.7%43,097
Median Household Income in 201547,4015993.8%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 201515.7%21109.0%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1824.7%17121.1%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2016157102.1%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 201615,67892.2%722,928
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20178,934121.8%495,330

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, 20151,340151.6%84,008
Births to Teens, 201512382.1%5,876
Deaths, 20151,233122.0%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force48,521171.5%3,326,893
Employed45,646171.4%3,179,806
Unemployed2,875142.0%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate5.94134.1%4.4
September 2017 Unemployment Rate4.31126.5%3.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work53,386100.0%$2,449,896100.0%$45,890
Wage and Salary43,35481.2%$1,734,12470.8%$39,999
Farm Proprietors6351.2%$20,9120.9%$32,932
Nonfarm Proprietors9,39717.6%$248,39210.1%$26,433
Farm8361.6%$30,1511.2%$36,066
Nonfarm52,55098.4%$2,419,74598.8%$46,047
Private45,34384.9%$2,049,44783.7%$45,199
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,3438.1%$93,6893.8%$21,572
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,7723.3%$57,9472.4%$32,701
  Construction2,8425.3%$200,1628.2%$70,430
  Health Care, Social Serv.6,18111.6%$347,96114.2%$56,295
  Information3190.6%$9,9040.4%$31,047
  Manufacturing7,65014.3%$502,02420.5%$65,624
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,6203.0%$66,0252.7%$40,756
  Retail Trade6,70712.6%$169,1586.9%$25,221
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,5422.9%$92,1013.8%$59,728
  Other Private (not above)10,147*19.0%*$333,603*13.6%*$32,877*
Government7,20713.5%$370,29815.1%$51,380

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, 2016UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed108100.0%100.0%$21,719$3,875,847
Single-Family9285.2%75.2%$20,741$3,417,822
2-Family1211.1%3.1%618$64,063
3- and 4-Family43.7%0.9%$360$21,320
5+ Family00.0%20.9%$0$372,642

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 2016
Percent of County
Kingsbury2430.2%
Kingsford Heights1,4091.3%
La Crosse5310.5%
La Porte21,73219.8%
Long Beach1,1611.1%
Michiana Shores3020.3%
Michigan City31,15728.3%
Pottawattomie Park2310.2%
Trail Creek2,0121.8%
Wanatah1,0170.9%
Westville5,5775.1%
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