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Economic Growth Region 1

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

Largest City: Hammond (2012 population: 79,686)

Population per Square Mile: 264.9

Square Miles: 3,219.6

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)856,302313.2%6,483,797
Today (2013)852,974313.0%6,570,902
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*886,278312.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.4%10 1.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2012-2013NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-2,95112 -1,179
Net International Migration3828 9,404
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,92157.4%25,992

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2012NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)53,22036.2%6.5%
School Age (5 to 17)154,527318.1%17.8%
College Age (18 to 24)76,15028.9%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)213,216325.0%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)236,973227.7%26.5%
Seniors (65 and older)120,297114.1%13.6%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2012NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone3,81620.4%0.4%
Asian Alone10,05051.2%1.8%
Black Alone145,885217.1%9.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone37650.0%0.1%
White680,474279.6%86.6%
Two or More Race Groups13,78241.6%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic743,522387.0%93.7%
Hispanic110,861113.0%6.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2012 (includes detail not shown below)317,4752100.0%100.0%
Married With Children61,600519.4%20.2%
Married Without Children94,900129.9%30.1%
Single Parents33,314110.5%9.8%
Living Alone86,934227.4%27.6%

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 2012 (estimate)360,4573100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2012 (includes vacant units)359,8203100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)231,737264.4%62.6%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)85,738223.8%26.1%

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

EducationNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2012/2013 Total Reported) 153,673313.8%1,115,499
Public143,891313.8%1,039,411

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 2012$38,5774101.2%$38,119
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20131,844215.7%11,711
Food Stamp Recipients in 2013137,308214.9%922,273
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 201373,365214.4%509,427

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, 201110,202412.2%83,750
Births to Teens, 2011985212.3%8,010
Deaths, 20117,921113.6%58,154

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2013NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force393,312312.4%3,179,935
Employed358,885312.2%2,940,897
Unemployed34,427214.4%239,038
Annual Unemployment Rate8.82117.3%7.5
March 2014 Unemployment Rate8.01127.0%6.3

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

Earnings by Industry, 2012 Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
IMPORTANT: The BEA is no longer producing employment by industry for counties. For more information on the loss of data due to
sequestration, go to http://www.bea.gov/about/pdf/bea_fy2013_budget_impact.pdf.
Total by place of work$20,106,645100.0%
Wage and Salary$14,476,39172.0%
Farm Proprietors$309,2031.5%
Nonfarm Proprietors$1,733,4768.6%
Farm$369,2831.8%
Nonfarm$19,737,36298.2%
Private$17,323,79986.2%
  Accommodation, Food Serv.$543,577*2.7%*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation$326,348*1.6%*
  Construction$2,355,34911.7%
  Health Care, Social Serv.$2,693,180*13.4%*
  Information$143,989*0.7%*
  Manufacturing$4,450,24622.1%
  Professional, Tech. Serv.$676,9263.4%
  Retail Trade$1,411,0357.0%
  Trans., Warehousing$918,109*4.6%*
  Wholesale Trade$184,202*0.9%*
  Other Private (not above)$2,600,359*12.9%*
Government$2,413,56312.0%

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, 2012UnitsPct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,673100.0%100.0%$309,295$2,349,911
Single-Family1,24374.3%73.4%$288,111$2,063,972
2-Family281.7%1.9%$2,932$23,703
3- and 4-Family462.7%1.6%$5,022$15,508
5+ Family35621.3%23.1%$13,230$246,728

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 2012
Percent of Region
Crown Point28,1713.3%
East Chicago29,4763.5%
Gary79,1709.3%
Hammond79,6869.3%
Hobart28,7353.4%
Merrillville35,6314.2%
Michigan City31,1503.6%
Portage36,8604.3%
Schererville29,1013.4%
Valparaiso32,0143.7%
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