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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2018 population: 36,806)

Population per Square Mile: 405.53

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,30292.5%6,484,192
Today (2018)169,59492.5%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*179,751102.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.2%20 3.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration9155 3,555
Net International Migration6416 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)85300.4%19,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,232115.4%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)28,1921016.6%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)15,280129.0%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)43,0171025.4%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)46,070827.2%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)27,803816.4%15.8%
Median Age39.9  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2018NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone62580.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,493111.5%2.5%
Black Alone7,188154.2%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone61200.0%0.1%
White156,421892.2%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,806131.7%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic152,1881089.7%92.9%
Hispanic17,406610.3%7.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)63,2519100.0%100.0%
Married With Children13,846821.9%18.8%
Married Without Children20,436832.3%30.0%
Single Parents5,64298.9%9.6%
Living Alone15,2731024.1%28.3%

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 2018 (estimate)69,3889100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)67,7779100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
47,702870.4%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$173,1004  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
15,5491422.9%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$7493  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 28,21182.5%1,117,590
Public27,37782.6%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)113,68682.6%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher92.3%7 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree27.5%13 25.3%

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$53,1306112.7%47,149
Median Household Income in 201767,5257124.7%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201710.4%6478.2%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1812.4%7869.7%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201866191.1%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20189,443131.6%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20199,989111.9%514,915

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, 20171,652112.0%82,170
Births to Teens, 201763161.2%5,152
Deaths, 20171,58182.4%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force86,770102.6%3,381,713
Employed83,434102.6%3,265,580
Unemployed3,33662.9%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate3.825111.8%3.4
October 2019 Unemployment Rate3.222106.7%3.0

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 work84,033100.0%$4,301,411100.0%$51,187
Wage and Salary66,07178.6%$3,082,89671.7%$46,660
Farm Proprietors3940.5%$-5,944-0.1%$-15,086
Nonfarm Proprietors17,56820.9%$524,62312.2%$29,862
Farm5040.6%$-2,273-0.1%$-4,510
Nonfarm83,52999.4%$4,303,684100.1%$51,523
Private75,93590.4%$3,903,05790.7%$51,400
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,6327.9%$142,0253.3%$21,415
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2691.5%$15,4860.4%$12,203
  Construction6,0307.2%$453,42510.5%$75,195
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,93611.8%$571,64313.3%$57,533
  Information8251.0%$44,2581.0%$53,646
  Manufacturing10,30912.3%$949,12222.1%$92,067
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,9354.7%$213,0045.0%$54,131
  Retail Trade9,65511.5%$291,3126.8%$30,172
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade2,5943.1%$206,0194.8%$79,421
  Other Private (not above)21,001*25.0%*$718,723*16.7%*$34,223*
Government7,5949.0%$400,6279.3%$52,756

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, 2018UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed578100.0%100.0%$154,927$4,879,857
Single-Family48483.7%76.4%$141,499$4,269,197
2-Family183.1%2.0%2,558$49,353
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.2%$0$6,163
5+ Family7613.1%21.4%$10,870$555,144

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 Porter County

NamePopulation
in 2018
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6050.4%
Burns Harbor1,8041.1%
Chesterton13,8338.2%
Dune Acres1820.1%
Hebron3,6632.2%
Kouts1,9591.2%
Ogden Dunes1,0920.6%
Portage36,80621.7%
Porter4,8252.8%
Town of Pines6960.4%
Valparaiso33,72919.9%
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