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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2015 population: 36,738)

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%
Two or More Race Groups2,708121.6%1.9%
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 2014 (Includes detail not shown below)61,6939100.0%100.0%
Married With Children14,074822.8%19.4%
Married Without Children19,833832.1%30.1%
Single Parents5,23298.5%9.9%
Living Alone14,9891124.3%27.8%

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 2015 (estimate)67,3839100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2014 (includes vacant units)66,5729100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2014)$165,0003  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2014)$7243  

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 2014 ACS)111,37682.6%4,287,819
with High School diploma or higher91.6%9 87.6%
with B.A. or higher degree26.4%13 23.6%

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 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, 20141,82492.2%84,080
Births to Teens, 2014105131.7%6,277
Deaths, 20141,39792.3%60,798

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force84,16192.6%3,271,536
Annual Unemployment Rate5.421112.5%4.8
February 2017 Unemployment Rate5.71150.0%3.8

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
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,6418.3%$129,8513.4%$19,553
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2101.5%$12,7170.3%$10,510
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,36211.7%$516,19413.7%$55,137
  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*

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
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

in 2015
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6100.4%
Burns Harbor1,6091.0%
Dune Acres1860.1%
Ogden Dunes1,1150.7%
Town of Pines7060.4%
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