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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%6,484,125
Today (2017)168,40492.5%6,660,082
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*179,751102.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.5%20 2.7%

*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 -1,639
Net International Migration12016 9,067
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)88350.5%19,482

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%
White155,467992.3%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups2,728121.6%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic151,5101090.0%93.0%
Hispanic16,894610.0%7.0%

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 2017 (estimate)68,7739100.0%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 (2017/2018 Total Reported) 28,24082.5%1,116,556
Public27,35482.6%1,053,373
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 2017$49,5867109.8%45,150
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 2017/201810,091111.9%522,888

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%3,336,655
Employed81,948102.5%3,218,115
Unemployed3,47062.9%118,540
Annual Unemployment Rate4.115113.9%3.6
January 2019 Unemployment Rate4.618112.2%4.1

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work81,152100.0%$4,078,073100.0%$50,252
Wage and Salary64,16779.1%$2,906,48071.3%$45,296
Farm Proprietors4010.5%$-7,323-0.2%$-18,262
Nonfarm Proprietors16,58420.4%$488,96012.0%$29,484
Farm4930.6%$-4,432-0.1%$-8,990
Nonfarm80,65999.4%$4,082,505100.1%$50,614
Private73,16890.2%$3,694,88390.6%$50,499
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,4818.0%$142,7563.5%$22,027
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,2611.6%$17,9730.4%$14,253
  Construction5,2096.4%$389,1579.5%$74,709
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,68211.9%$548,57413.5%$56,659
  Information8141.0%$46,0251.1%$56,542
  Manufacturing10,19612.6%$893,00421.9%$87,584
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,8794.8%$208,6695.1%$53,795
  Retail Trade9,21111.4%$274,1016.7%$29,758
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade2,6163.2%$202,7045.0%$77,486
  Other Private (not above)20,477*25.2%*$690,538*16.9%*$33,723*
Government7,4919.2%$387,6229.5%$51,745

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
Single-Family51572.5%74.2%$138,601$4,038,599
2-Family121.7%2.0%1,390$62,844
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

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6050.4%
Burns Harbor1,7271.0%
Chesterton13,5038.0%
Dune Acres1810.1%
Hebron3,6712.2%
Kouts1,9491.2%
Ogden Dunes1,0940.6%
Portage36,67221.8%
Porter4,8182.9%
Town of Pines6970.4%
Valparaiso33,37619.8%
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