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Economic Growth Region 1

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

Largest City: Hammond (2017 population: 76,618)

Population per Square Mile: 263.1

Square Miles: 3,219.6

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)856,336313.2%6,484,125
Today (2017)847,077312.7%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*886,278312.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.1%10 2.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-1,81610 -976
Net International Migration4498 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,18265.2%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)50,05745.9%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)145,239317.1%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)73,90838.7%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)209,513324.7%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)229,282227.1%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)139,078216.4%15.4%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,09520.5%0.4%
Asian Alone11,46651.4%2.4%
Black Alone139,616216.5%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone42260.0%0.1%
White676,019379.8%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups15,45941.8%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic725,891385.7%93.0%
Hispanic121,186114.3%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (includes detail not shown below)321,0952100.0%100.0%
Married With Children57,907518.0%19.0%
Married Without Children95,871129.9%30.0%
Single Parents33,816110.5%9.7%
Living Alone86,619227.0%28.2%

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 2017 (estimate)367,5503100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)362,6143100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)229,513263.3%61.0%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)91,582225.3%27.8%

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

EducationNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 145,453313.1%1,110,866
Public138,626313.2%1,048,879

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 2016$41,310595.9%$43,097
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2017965214.2%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 2017102,660215.6%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/201768,093213.7%495,330

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, 20169,669411.6%83,063
Births to Teens, 2015662411.3%5,876
Deaths, 20158,481113.5%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force402,673312.1%3,320,409
Employed383,660312.0%3,203,351
Unemployed19,013116.2%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate4.71134.3%3.5
May 2018 Unemployment Rate4.21131.3%3.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work413,615100.0%$20,557,704100.0%$49,703
Wage and Salary334,40880.9%$14,873,13472.3%$44,476
Farm Proprietors3,0970.7%$131,0610.6%$42,319
Nonfarm Proprietors76,11018.4%$1,864,1789.1%$24,493
Farm4,3021.0%$190,8720.9%$44,368
Nonfarm409,31399.0%$20,366,83299.1%$49,759
Private363,19687.8%$17,983,63487.5%$49,515
  Accommodation, Food Serv.32,342*7.8%*$716,374*3.5%*$22,150*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation10,697*2.6%*$317,656*1.5%*$29,696*
  Construction24,6626.0%$1,747,7298.5%$70,867
  Health Care, Social Serv.54,428*13.2%*$3,043,174*14.8%*$55,912*
  Information3,253*0.8%*$156,880*0.8%*$48,226*
  Manufacturing46,98511.4%$4,234,23020.6%$90,119
  Professional, Tech. Serv.15,527*3.8%*$742,949*3.6%*$47,849*
  Retail Trade48,82711.8%$1,380,7486.7%$28,278
  Trans., Warehousing12,905*3.1%*$745,550*3.6%*$57,772*
  Wholesale Trade4,676*1.1%*$308,343*1.5%*$65,942*
  Other Private (not above)89,467*21.6%*$3,078,022*15.0%*$34,404*
Government46,11711.1%$2,383,19811.6%$51,677

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 2017
Percent of Region
Crown Point29,6253.5%
East Chicago28,2153.3%
Gary76,0089.0%
Hammond76,6189.0%
Hobart28,2553.3%
Merrillville34,8714.1%
Michigan City31,0563.7%
Portage36,6724.3%
Schererville28,6333.4%
Valparaiso33,3763.9%
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