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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 2017$43,595596.6%$45,150
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
April 2019 Unemployment Rate4.31138.7%3.1

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 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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