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Economic Growth Region 1

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

Largest City: Hammond (2020 population: 75,342)

Population per Square Mile: 264.3

Square Miles: 3,219.6

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)856,327313.2%6,484,050
Today (2020)850,963312.6%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*907,103312.7%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.6%10 4.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration9253 1,323
Net International Migration1919 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)5280.4%13,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)48,95145.8%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)142,953316.8%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)72,38438.5%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)213,231325.1%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)221,898226.1%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)151,546217.8%16.5%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,34320.5%0.4%
Asian Alone11,89151.4%2.7%
Black Alone141,111216.6%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone46960.1%0.1%
White675,919379.4%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups17,23042.0%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic722,877484.9%92.6%
Hispanic128,086115.1%7.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2019 (includes detail not shown below)326,0932100.0%100.0%
Married With Children56,245517.2%18.5%
Married Without Children96,157129.5%29.7%
Single Parents33,903110.4%9.3%
Living Alone92,512228.4%29.0%

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 2020 (estimate)372,6703100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)367,7103100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)234,413263.7%61.5%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)91,680324.9%27.5%

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

EducationNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 139,855312.6%1,112,460
Public131,004312.7%1,033,286

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 2020$50,222496.7%$51,926
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20201,015215.2%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 2020105,175216.0%659,095
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/202067,781213.3%507,739

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, 20199,404411.6%80,859
Births to Teens, 2017546410.6%5,152
Deaths, 20199,057113.7%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2020NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force394,915311.9%3,319,010
Employed357,716311.6%3,082,982
Unemployed37,199215.8%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate9.41132.4%7.1
October 2021 Unemployment Rate3.61144.0%2.5

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2020 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work395,421100.0%$22,402,313100.0%$56,654
Wage and Salary318,11580.4%$15,992,48871.4%$50,273
Farm Proprietors2,9880.8%$274,7641.2%$91,956
Nonfarm Proprietors74,31818.8%$2,234,98310.0%$30,073
Farm4,3221.1%$334,4741.5%$77,389
Nonfarm391,09998.9%$22,067,83998.5%$56,425
Private347,95688.0%$19,522,37487.1%$56,106
  Accommodation, Food Serv.29,955*7.6%*$764,166*3.4%*$25,510*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation8,302*2.1%*$240,775*1.1%*$29,002*
  Construction24,0116.1%$1,924,7398.6%$80,161
  Health Care, Social Serv.53,112*13.4%*$3,417,622*15.3%*$64,347*
  Information2,737*0.7%*$163,716*0.7%*$59,816*
  Manufacturing43,73911.1%$4,153,05418.5%$94,951
  Professional, Tech. Serv.16,4734.2%$915,3534.1%$55,567
  Retail Trade44,29611.2%$1,506,0476.7%$34,000
  Trans., Warehousing16,179*4.1%*$1,010,452*4.5%*$62,455*
  Wholesale Trade4,512*1.1%*$333,487*1.5%*$73,911*
  Other Private (not above)86,457*21.9%*$3,460,857*15.4%*$40,030*
Government43,14310.9%$2,545,46511.4%$59,001

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, 2020UnitsPct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,463100.0%100.0%$656,819$5,872,297
Single-Family2,31794.1%76.2%$633,903$5,209,930
2-Family863.5%2.5%$14,471$83,895
3- and 4-Family80.3%0.8%$850$25,965
5+ Family522.1%20.6%$7,595$552,508

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 2020
Percent of Region
Crown Point30,9063.6%
East Chicago27,7423.3%
Gary74,6938.8%
Hammond75,3428.9%
Hobart27,9133.3%
Merrillville34,9164.1%
Michigan City31,0543.6%
Portage37,1374.4%
Schererville28,5933.4%
Valparaiso33,9444.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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