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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2019 population: 36,988)

Population per Square Mile: 407.43

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,28992.5%6,484,192
Today (2019)170,38992.5%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*191,83592.7%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.7%19 3.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2018-2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration8286 3,997
Net International Migration10317 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-1776-0.1%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)9,016115.3%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)28,0541116.5%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)15,482129.1%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)43,3001025.4%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)45,785726.9%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)28,752816.9%16.1%
Median Age40.2  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2019NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone64480.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,645111.6%2.6%
Black Alone7,566154.4%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone67180.0%0.1%
White156,542891.9%84.8%
Two or More Race Groups2,925131.7%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic152,6701089.6%92.7%
Hispanic17,719610.4%7.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)63,9699100.0%100.0%
Married With Children13,711821.4%18.6%
Married Without Children20,640832.3%29.9%
Single Parents5,573108.7%9.5%
Living Alone15,8871024.8%28.5%

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 2019 (estimate)69,8539100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)68,2289100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
48,269870.7%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$178,1006  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
15,7001323.0%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$7664  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 28,10792.5%1,111,333
Public27,29892.6%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)114,68782.6%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher93.1%6 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree28.2%13 25.9%

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 201869,2987124.4%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 20188.9%7868.5%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.3%8264.6%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201961191.2%5,235
Food Stamp Recipients in 20198,843141.5%581,821
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20209,719111.9%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, 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, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force87,566102.6%3,387,366
Employed84,303102.6%3,275,056
Unemployed3,26372.9%112,310
Annual Unemployment Rate3.717112.1%3.3
June 2020 Unemployment Rate13.48119.6%11.2

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, 2019UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed549100.0%100.0%$141,635$4,988,366
Single-Family49590.2%73.1%$134,172$4,298,385
2-Family183.3%1.6%3,243$48,202
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.7%$0$26,551
5+ Family366.6%24.6%$4,220$615,228

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 2019
Percent of County
Beverly Shores5990.4%
Burns Harbor1,8281.1%
Chesterton14,0888.3%
Dune Acres1820.1%
Hebron3,6702.2%
Kouts1,9581.1%
Ogden Dunes1,0880.6%
Portage36,98821.7%
Porter4,8342.8%
Town of Pines6910.4%
Valparaiso33,89719.9%
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