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Economic Growth Region 1

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

Largest City: Hammond (2016 population: 77,134)

Population per Square Mile: 263.0

Square Miles: 3,219.6

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)856,351313.2%6,484,136
Today (2016)846,678312.8%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*886,278312.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.1%10 2.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2015-2016NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-4,18211 -12,135
Net International Migration5307 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,29265.8%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2016NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)50,75546.0%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)146,827317.3%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)74,84838.8%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)209,415324.7%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)231,200227.3%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)133,633215.8%14.9%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,01820.5%0.4%
Asian Alone11,00351.3%2.2%
Black Alone140,414216.6%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone41150.0%0.1%
White675,683379.8%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups15,14941.8%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic728,099386.0%93.2%
Hispanic118,579114.0%6.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2015 (includes detail not shown below)319,7912100.0%100.0%
Married With Children58,997518.4%19.2%
Married Without Children94,910129.7%30.0%
Single Parents34,181110.7%9.8%
Living Alone86,134226.9%28.0%

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 2016 (estimate)364,6803100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)358,9433100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)228,840263.8%61.9%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)90,951225.3%27.8%

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 2016$41,310595.9%$43,097
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20161,126215.0%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 2016112,138215.5%722,928
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, 20159,915411.8%84,008
Births to Teens, 2015662411.3%5,876
Deaths, 20158,481113.5%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force407,774312.3%3,326,893
Employed383,630312.1%3,179,806
Unemployed24,144116.4%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate5.91134.1%4.4
October 2017 Unemployment Rate4.61135.3%3.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work413,615100.0%$20,557,704100.0%$49,703
Wage and Salary334,40880.9%$14,873,13472.3%$44,476
Farm Proprietors3,0970.7%$131,0610.6%$42,319
Nonfarm Proprietors76,11018.4%$1,864,1789.1%$24,493
Farm4,3021.0%$190,8720.9%$44,368
Nonfarm409,31399.0%$20,366,83299.1%$49,759
Private363,19687.8%$17,983,63487.5%$49,515
  Accommodation, Food Serv.32,342*7.8%*$716,374*3.5%*$22,150*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation10,697*2.6%*$317,656*1.5%*$29,696*
  Construction24,6626.0%$1,747,7298.5%$70,867
  Health Care, Social Serv.54,428*13.2%*$3,043,174*14.8%*$55,912*
  Information3,253*0.8%*$156,880*0.8%*$48,226*
  Manufacturing46,98511.4%$4,234,23020.6%$90,119
  Professional, Tech. Serv.15,527*3.8%*$742,949*3.6%*$47,849*
  Retail Trade48,82711.8%$1,380,7486.7%$28,278
  Trans., Warehousing12,905*3.1%*$745,550*3.6%*$57,772*
  Wholesale Trade4,676*1.1%*$308,343*1.5%*$65,942*
  Other Private (not above)89,467*21.6%*$3,078,022*15.0%*$34,404*
Government46,11711.1%$2,383,19811.6%$51,677

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, 2016UnitsPct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,001100.0%100.0%$445,175$3,875,847
Single-Family1,68784.3%75.2%$406,509$3,417,822
2-Family522.6%3.1%$5,318$64,063
3- and 4-Family351.7%0.9%$4,435$21,320
5+ Family22711.3%20.9%$28,912$372,642

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 2016
Percent of Region
Crown Point29,1763.4%
East Chicago28,4183.4%
Gary76,4249.0%
Hammond77,1349.1%
Hobart28,2483.3%
Merrillville34,9944.1%
Michigan City31,1573.7%
Portage36,5054.3%
Schererville28,7013.4%
Valparaiso33,1043.9%
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