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Economic Growth Region 1

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

Largest City: Hammond (2015 population: 77,614)

Population per Square Mile: 263.9

Square Miles: 3,219.6

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)856,370313.2%6,484,229
Today (2015)849,762312.8%6,619,680
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*886,278312.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.8%10 2.1%

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

Components of Population Change, 2014-2015NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-5,60912 -14,881
Net International Migration6897 12,574
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,66756.6%25,260

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2015NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)50,71446.0%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)148,961317.5%17.5%
College Age (18 to 24)75,91038.9%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)210,745324.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)233,086227.4%26.2%
Seniors (65 and older)130,346215.3%14.6%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2015NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,02020.5%0.4%
Asian Alone11,27651.3%2.1%
Black Alone141,839216.7%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone42350.0%0.1%
White677,199379.7%85.8%
Two or More Race Groups15,00541.8%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic733,079386.3%93.3%
Hispanic116,683113.7%6.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2014 (includes detail not shown below)318,8262100.0%100.0%
Married With Children59,639518.7%19.4%
Married Without Children95,488129.9%30.1%
Single Parents33,389110.5%9.9%
Living Alone85,917226.9%27.8%

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 2015 (estimate)363,4853100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2014 (includes vacant units)361,0843100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)228,924263.4%61.6%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)89,902224.9%27.1%

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

EducationNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2015/2016 Total Reported) 146,290313.2%1,108,151
Public139,371313.3%1,046,058

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 2015$40,692697.0%$41,940
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20151,252215.0%8,338
Food Stamp Recipients in 2015124,495215.4%810,606
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 201669,940213.9%504,539

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, 201410,155412.1%84,080
Births to Teens, 2014768212.2%6,277
Deaths, 20148,306113.7%60,798

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2015NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force402,898312.3%3,265,761
Employed377,486312.1%3,109,217
Unemployed25,412116.2%156,544
Annual Unemployment Rate6.31131.3%4.8
October 2016 Unemployment Rate5.01128.2%3.9

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2015 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work410,694100.0%$20,177,176100.0%$49,129
Wage and Salary332,33980.9%$14,700,61972.9%$44,234
Farm Proprietors3,0990.8%$77,8840.4%$25,132
Nonfarm Proprietors75,25618.3%$1,956,8759.7%$26,003
Farm4,2891.0%$139,7440.7%$32,582
Nonfarm406,40599.0%$20,037,43299.3%$49,304
Private359,79387.6%$17,666,16887.6%$49,101
  Accommodation, Food Serv.31,908*7.8%*$686,946*3.4%*$21,529*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation11,068*2.7%*$324,170*1.6%*$29,289*
  Construction24,1555.9%$1,709,4718.5%$70,771
  Health Care, Social Serv.51,477*12.5%*$2,845,934*14.1%*$55,286*
  Information3,299*0.8%*$152,574*0.8%*$46,249*
  Manufacturing47,36611.5%$4,298,42321.3%$90,749
  Professional, Tech. Serv.15,829*3.9%*$758,566*3.8%*$47,923*
  Retail Trade48,26211.8%$1,324,2726.6%$27,439
  Trans., Warehousing12,663*3.1%*$750,780*3.7%*$59,289*
  Wholesale Trade4,713*1.1%*$303,994*1.5%*$64,501*
  Other Private (not above)88,718*21.6%*$2,992,474*14.8%*$33,730*
Government46,61211.3%$2,371,26411.8%$50,872

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 Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,909100.0%100.0%$420,703$3,737,044
Single-Family1,42074.4%68.4%$358,577$2,929,210
2-Family542.8%2.8%$3,820$54,124
3- and 4-Family1196.2%1.6%$14,613$31,656
5+ Family31616.6%27.2%$43,693$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 Economic Growth Region 1

NamePopulation
in 2015
Percent of Region
Crown Point28,8793.4%
East Chicago28,6993.4%
Gary77,1569.1%
Hammond77,6149.1%
Hobart28,4043.3%
Merrillville35,2244.1%
Michigan City31,4593.7%
Portage36,7384.3%
Schererville28,7913.4%
Valparaiso32,6263.8%
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