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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2017 population: 36,672)

Population per Square Mile: 402.69

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,34792.5%6,484,192
Today (2017)168,40492.5%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*179,751102.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.5%20 2.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration7697 -976
Net International Migration12016 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)88350.4%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,097115.4%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)28,380916.9%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)15,361129.1%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)42,3841025.2%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)46,371827.5%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)26,811815.9%15.4%
Median Age39.8  Median Age = 37.7

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone63980.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,533111.5%2.4%
Black Alone6,976154.1%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone61190.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups2,728121.6%2.1%
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 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)62,4299100.0%100.0%
Married With Children14,071822.5%19.0%
Married Without Children20,237832.4%30.0%
Single Parents5,276108.5%9.7%
Living Alone14,9301123.9%28.2%

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 2017 (estimate)68,7739100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)67,0659100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2016)$168,3005  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2016)$7333  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 28,33982.6%1,110,866
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)113,06382.6%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher91.7%8 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree26.1%14 24.6%

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 2016$46,9658109.0%43,097
Median Household Income in 201667,3025128.7%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 20167.8%8555.7%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 189.9%8551.8%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201771191.1%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 201710,641121.6%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20179,57791.9%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, 20161,757112.1%83,063
Births to Teens, 201669161.3%5,294
Deaths, 20161,39692.2%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force85,418102.6%3,320,409
Annual Unemployment Rate4.115117.1%3.5
September 2018 Unemployment Rate3.4194.4%3.6

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 work80,451100.0%$3,911,060100.0%$48,614
Wage and Salary64,35480.0%$2,803,59271.7%$43,565
Farm Proprietors4070.5%$-446-0.0%$-1,096
Nonfarm Proprietors15,69019.5%$429,05511.0%$27,346
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,6008.2%$138,1723.5%$20,935
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2061.5%$16,4190.4%$13,614
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,67912.0%$537,84313.8%$55,568
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,8334.8%$191,1324.9%$49,865
  Retail Trade9,23511.5%$263,0176.7%$28,480
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade2,7653.4%$195,7635.0%$70,800
  Other Private (not above)20,001*24.9%*$676,871*17.3%*$33,842*

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, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed710100.0%100.0%$161,034$4,583,500
3- and 4-Family40.6%0.4%$517$13,000
5+ Family17925.2%23.4%$20,526$469,056

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

in 2017
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6050.4%
Burns Harbor1,7271.0%
Dune Acres1810.1%
Ogden Dunes1,0940.6%
Town of Pines6970.4%
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