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Economic Growth Region 1

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

Largest City: Hammond (2014 population: 78,384)

Population per Square Mile: 264.8

Square Miles: 3,219.6

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)856,302313.2%6,483,797
Today (2014)852,420312.9%6,596,855
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*886,278312.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.5%10 1.7%

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

Components of Population Change, 2013-2014NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-1,98210 -7,849
Net International Migration4258 10,472
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,57766.3%24,994

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2013NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)51,91846.1%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)152,696317.9%17.7%
College Age (18 to 24)76,81229.0%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)212,401324.9%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)235,703227.6%26.4%
Seniors (65 and older)123,444214.5%13.9%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2013NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone3,88420.5%0.4%
Asian Alone10,41251.2%1.9%
Black Alone144,474216.9%9.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone39850.0%0.1%
White679,643279.7%86.3%
Two or More Race Groups14,16341.7%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic740,006386.8%93.6%
Hispanic112,968113.2%6.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2013 (includes detail not shown below)317,5922100.0%100.0%
Married With Children59,849518.8%19.8%
Married Without Children95,655130.1%30.1%
Single Parents32,760110.3%9.8%
Living Alone87,097227.4%27.7%

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 2014 (estimate)362,6093100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2013 (includes vacant units)360,0413100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)230,328264.0%62.0%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)87,264224.2%26.6%

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

EducationNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2012/2013 Total Reported) 153,673313.8%1,115,499
Public143,891313.8%1,039,411

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 2013$39,1173101.3%$38,622
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20131,844215.7%11,711
Food Stamp Recipients in 2013137,308214.9%922,273
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 201373,365214.4%509,427

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, 20139,990412.0%83,115
Births to Teens, 2013810211.9%6,810
Deaths, 20138,159113.5%60,445

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2014NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force403,575312.5%3,230,540
Employed373,158312.3%3,035,581
Unemployed30,417115.6%194,959
Annual Unemployment Rate7.51125.0%6.0
April 2015 Unemployment Rate6.21134.8%4.6

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2013 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work411,395100.0%$20,268,514100.0%$49,268
Wage and Salary334,86181.4%$14,508,77071.6%$43,328
Farm Proprietors3,3930.8%$375,2961.9%$110,609
Nonfarm Proprietors73,14117.8%$1,922,3169.5%$26,282
Farm5,0491.2%$452,8082.2%$89,683
Nonfarm406,34698.8%$19,815,70697.8%$48,766
Private358,41387.1%$17,430,22086.0%$48,632
  Accommodation, Food Serv.31,280*7.6%*$558,334*2.8%*$17,850*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation11,347*2.8%*$329,059*1.6%*$29,000*
  Construction27,4746.7%$2,142,80410.6%$77,994
  Health Care, Social Serv.51,765*12.6%*$2,753,269*13.6%*$53,188*
  Information3,362*0.8%*$149,882*0.7%*$44,581*
  Manufacturing47,11911.5%$4,455,57122.0%$94,560
  Professional, Tech. Serv.15,544*3.8%*$709,965*3.5%*$45,675*
  Retail Trade47,68311.6%$1,426,3257.0%$29,913
  Trans., Warehousing15,132*3.7%*$813,587*4.0%*$53,766*
  Wholesale Trade3,077*0.7%*$197,608*1.0%*$64,221*
  Other Private (not above)87,964*21.4%*$2,715,882*13.4%*$30,875*
Government47,93311.7%$2,385,48611.8%$49,767

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, 2014UnitsPct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,603100.0%100.0%$370,083$3,222,176
Single-Family1,40687.7%68.1%$350,829$2,748,532
2-Family301.9%2.0%$4,032$40,304
3- and 4-Family271.7%1.1%$3,363$18,185
5+ Family1408.7%28.7%$11,858$415,155

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 2014
Percent of Region
Crown Point28,6233.4%
East Chicago28,9903.4%
Gary77,9099.1%
Hammond78,3849.2%
Hobart28,6353.4%
Merrillville35,4504.2%
Michigan City31,4873.7%
Portage36,7604.3%
Schererville28,9263.4%
Valparaiso32,3693.8%
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