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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2016 population: 36,505)

Population per Square Mile: 401.22

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,34792.5%6,484,136
Today (2016)167,79192.5%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*179,751102.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.1%21 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-14551 -12,135
Net International Migration14914 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)188190.8%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2015NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,199115.5%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)28,781817.2%17.5%
College Age (18 to 24)15,421129.2%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)42,5951025.4%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)46,730827.9%26.2%
Seniors (65 and older)24,962814.9%14.6%
Median Age39.5  Median Age = 37.5

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2015NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone61280.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,596111.5%2.1%
Black Alone6,588153.9%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone58200.0%0.1%
White155,126992.5%85.8%
Two or More Race Groups2,708121.6%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic151,4031090.3%93.3%
Hispanic16,28569.7%6.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2015 (Includes detail not shown below)62,1039100.0%100.0%
Married With Children14,131822.8%19.2%
Married Without Children19,941832.1%30.0%
Single Parents5,58399.0%9.8%
Living Alone14,6541123.6%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)67,8719100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)65,9419100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
47,809772.5%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$165,5003  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
14,2941421.7%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$7273  

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
Public27,45582.6%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2015 ACS)112,28982.6%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher91.9%9 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree26.4%13 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 2015$46,5017110.9%41,940
Median Household Income in 201566,0707130.8%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 201511.6%5780.6%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1814.8%7272.5%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201684201.1%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 201612,070121.7%722,928
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, 20151,714112.0%84,008
Births to Teens, 201566201.1%5,876
Deaths, 20151,48392.4%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force85,96492.6%3,326,893
Employed81,547102.6%3,179,806
Unemployed4,41763.0%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate5.118115.9%4.4
April 2017 Unemployment Rate3.312122.2%2.7

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2015 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work79,687100.0%$3,779,722100.0%$47,432
Wage and Salary63,81380.1%$2,749,44172.7%$43,086
Farm Proprietors4070.5%$-5,637-0.1%$-13,850
Nonfarm Proprietors15,46719.4%$406,20410.7%$26,263
Farm4850.6%$-2,754-0.1%$-5,678
Nonfarm79,20299.4%$3,782,476100.1%$47,757
Private71,78290.1%$3,411,86890.3%$47,531
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,6418.3%$129,8513.4%$19,553
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2101.5%$12,7170.3%$10,510
  Construction4,8976.1%$332,4148.8%$67,881
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,36211.7%$516,19413.7%$55,137
  Information8081.0%$38,7241.0%$47,926
  Manufacturing10,20312.8%$851,26222.5%$83,433
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,7504.7%$187,6545.0%$50,041
  Retail Trade9,19311.5%$250,5996.6%$27,260
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade2,7843.5%$191,0705.1%$68,631
  Other Private (not above)19,743*24.8%*$651,443*17.2%*$32,996*
Government7,4209.3%$370,6089.8%$49,947

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 Filed605100.0%100.0%$130,167$3,737,044
Single-Family35458.5%68.4%$99,151$2,929,210
2-Family122.0%2.8%1,205$54,124
3- and 4-Family91.5%1.6%$1,041$31,656
5+ Family23038.0%27.2%$28,770$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 Porter County

NamePopulation
in 2016
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6090.4%
Burns Harbor1,6431.0%
Chesterton13,4418.0%
Dune Acres1850.1%
Hebron3,6942.2%
Kouts1,9621.2%
Ogden Dunes1,1060.7%
Portage36,50521.8%
Porter4,8462.9%
Town of Pines7000.4%
Valparaiso33,10419.7%
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