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Economic Growth Region 1

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

Largest City: Hammond (2018 population: 75,795)

Population per Square Mile: 263.0

Square Miles: 3,219.6

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)856,328313.2%6,484,061
Today (2018)846,797312.7%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*886,278312.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.1%10 3.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-1224 3,555
Net International Migration2398 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)53472.8%19,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)49,20145.8%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)143,684317.0%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)73,10338.6%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)210,821324.9%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)227,080226.8%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)142,908216.9%15.8%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2018NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,17420.5%0.4%
Asian Alone11,70151.4%2.5%
Black Alone139,221216.4%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone42460.1%0.1%
White675,461379.8%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups15,81641.9%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic723,726485.5%92.9%
Hispanic123,071114.5%7.1%

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 2018 (estimate)369,4363100.0%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 (2018/2019 Total Reported) 143,112312.8%1,117,590
Public136,588312.9%1,054,903

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 2018$45,969497.5%$47,149
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2018880214.6%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 201896,156215.9%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/201970,396213.7%514,915

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, 20179,444411.5%82,170
Births to Teens, 2017546410.6%5,152
Deaths, 20178,910113.6%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force407,803312.1%3,381,713
Employed389,267311.9%3,265,580
Unemployed18,536116.0%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate4.51132.4%3.4
September 2019 Unemployment Rate3.91139.3%2.8

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2018 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work420,190100.0%$22,001,522100.0%$52,361
Wage and Salary337,56880.3%$15,977,15072.6%$47,330
Farm Proprietors3,0070.7%$16,4940.1%$5,485
Nonfarm Proprietors79,61518.9%$2,262,15310.3%$28,414
Farm4,6901.1%$94,3230.4%$20,112
Nonfarm415,50098.9%$21,907,19999.6%$52,725
Private369,36287.9%$19,482,64688.6%$52,747
  Accommodation, Food Serv.33,590*8.0%*$940,467*4.3%*$27,998*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation10,794*2.6%*$324,467*1.5%*$30,060*
  Construction26,4776.3%$1,978,7979.0%$74,736
  Health Care, Social Serv.54,721*13.0%*$3,217,931*14.6%*$58,806*
  Information3,071*0.7%*$157,404*0.7%*$51,255*
  Manufacturing46,92811.2%$4,517,25320.5%$96,259
  Professional, Tech. Serv.16,048*3.8%*$823,740*3.7%*$51,330*
  Retail Trade47,87911.4%$1,397,7856.4%$29,194
  Trans., Warehousing14,734*3.5%*$836,504*3.8%*$56,774*
  Wholesale Trade4,404*1.0%*$323,106*1.5%*$73,366*
  Other Private (not above)91,695*21.8%*$3,328,056*15.1%*$36,295*
Government46,13811.0%$2,424,55311.0%$52,550

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, 2018UnitsPct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,171100.0%100.0%$538,527$4,879,857
Single-Family2,02093.0%76.4%$518,390$4,269,197
2-Family622.9%2.0%$7,205$49,353
3- and 4-Family60.3%0.2%$1,260$6,163
5+ Family833.8%21.4%$11,671$555,144

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 2018
Percent of Region
Crown Point30,0593.5%
East Chicago27,9303.3%
Gary75,2828.9%
Hammond75,7959.0%
Hobart28,0403.3%
Merrillville34,7504.1%
Michigan City31,1183.7%
Portage36,8064.3%
Schererville28,5013.4%
Valparaiso33,7294.0%
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