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Economic Growth Region 1

Counties include: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, Starke

Largest City: Hammond (2017 population: 76,618)

Population per Square Mile: 263.1

Square Miles: 3,219.6

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)856,336313.2%6,484,125
Today (2017)847,077312.7%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*886,278312.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.1%10 2.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-1,81610 -976
Net International Migration4498 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,18265.2%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)50,05745.9%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)145,239317.1%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)73,90838.7%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)209,513324.7%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)229,282227.1%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)139,078216.4%15.4%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,09520.5%0.4%
Asian Alone11,46651.4%2.4%
Black Alone139,616216.5%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone42260.0%0.1%
White676,019379.8%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups15,45941.8%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic725,891385.7%93.0%
Hispanic121,186114.3%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (includes detail not shown below)323,5882100.0%100.0%
Married With Children57,623517.8%18.8%
Married Without Children96,749129.9%30.0%
Single Parents33,851110.5%9.6%
Living Alone88,556227.4%28.3%

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

HousingNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2017 (estimate)367,5503100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)364,8693100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)231,485263.4%61.2%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)92,103225.2%27.7%

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

EducationNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 145,453313.1%1,110,866
Public138,626313.2%1,048,879

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2017$43,595596.6%$45,150
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2017965214.2%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 2017102,660215.6%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/201768,093213.7%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 12Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 20169,669411.6%83,063
Births to Teens, 2016637212.0%5,294
Deaths, 20168,390113.2%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force402,673312.1%3,320,409
Employed383,660312.0%3,203,351
Unemployed19,013116.2%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate4.71134.3%3.5
October 2018 Unemployment Rate4.51125.0%3.6

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work414,168100.0%$21,329,119100.0%$51,499
Wage and Salary335,04180.9%$15,311,89671.8%$45,702
Farm Proprietors3,0560.7%$9,5400.0%$3,122
Nonfarm Proprietors76,07118.4%$2,260,13910.6%$29,711
Farm4,4591.1%$70,8860.3%$15,897
Nonfarm409,70998.9%$21,258,23399.7%$51,886
Private363,58287.8%$18,879,81788.5%$51,927
  Accommodation, Food Serv.32,354*7.8%*$894,079*4.2%*$27,634*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation10,639*2.6%*$333,146*1.6%*$31,314*
  Construction26,3556.4%$1,880,3588.8%$71,347
  Health Care, Social Serv.53,171*12.8%*$3,101,855*14.5%*$58,337*
  Information3,169*0.8%*$170,869*0.8%*$53,919*
  Manufacturing46,53511.2%$4,307,00320.2%$92,554
  Professional, Tech. Serv.15,748*3.8%*$791,079*3.7%*$50,234*
  Retail Trade47,91311.6%$1,439,9626.8%$30,054
  Trans., Warehousing13,255*3.2%*$809,428*3.8%*$61,066*
  Wholesale Trade4,457*1.1%*$318,196*1.5%*$71,392*
  Other Private (not above)89,741*21.7%*$3,197,824*15.0%*$35,634*
Government46,12711.1%$2,378,41611.2%$51,562

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 Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,430100.0%100.0%$553,412$4,583,500
Single-Family2,15088.5%74.2%$519,081$4,038,599
2-Family522.1%2.0%$5,973$62,844
3- and 4-Family190.8%0.4%$3,581$13,000
5+ Family2098.6%23.4%$24,777$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 Economic Growth Region 1

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of Region
Crown Point29,6253.5%
East Chicago28,2153.3%
Gary76,0089.0%
Hammond76,6189.0%
Hobart28,2553.3%
Merrillville34,8714.1%
Michigan City31,0563.7%
Portage36,6724.3%
Schererville28,6333.4%
Valparaiso33,3763.9%
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