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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2020 population: 37,137)

Population per Square Mile: 408.85

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,28892.5%6,484,050
Today (2020)170,980102.5%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*191,83592.7%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today4.1%19 4.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration48810 1,323
Net International Migration3130 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-14289-1.0%13,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)8,993115.3%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)27,9341116.3%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)15,317129.0%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)43,5261125.5%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)45,306726.5%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)29,904817.5%16.5%
Median Age40.4  Median Age = 38.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone66380.4%0.4%
Asian Alone2,526131.5%2.7%
Black Alone7,764154.5%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone66190.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups3,106131.8%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)64,5179100.0%100.0%
Married With Children13,385920.7%18.5%
Married Without Children20,686832.1%29.7%
Single Parents5,66188.8%9.3%
Living Alone16,3531025.3%29.0%

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

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2020 (estimate)70,3599100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)68,7209100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2019)$185,4006  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2019)$7904  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 27,77192.5%1,112,460
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)115,64682.6%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher93.6%4 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree28.4%15 26.5%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2019$54,7236112.4%48,678
Median Household Income in 201974,0647128.5%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 20198.1%8068.1%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 188.5%8556.3%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202085171.3%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 202010,516121.6%659,095
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20209,719111.9%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 Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 20171,652112.0%82,170
Births to Teens, 201763161.2%5,152
Deaths, 20171,58182.4%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force83,987102.5%3,319,010
Annual Unemployment Rate8.110114.1%7.1
July 2021 Unemployment Rate4.81120.0%4.0

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2019 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work85,552100.0%$4,490,849100.0%$52,493
Wage and Salary67,16778.5%$3,184,77470.9%$47,416
Farm Proprietors3930.5%$5,8600.1%$14,911
Nonfarm Proprietors17,99221.0%$564,32412.6%$31,365
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,8738.0%$150,9033.4%$21,956
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,3861.6%$16,4180.4%$11,846
  Health Care, Social Serv.10,05711.8%$592,81213.2%$58,945
  Professional, Tech. Serv.4,0224.7%$222,3275.0%$55,278
  Retail Trade9,69611.3%$301,1956.7%$31,064
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade2,6353.1%$208,9714.7%$79,306
  Other Private (not above)21,929*25.6%*$740,453*16.5%*$33,766*

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 County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed580100.0%100.0%$163,111$5,872,297
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.8%$0$25,965
5+ Family122.1%20.6%$2,477$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 Porter County

in 2020
Percent of County
Beverly Shores5950.3%
Burns Harbor1,9221.1%
Dune Acres1820.1%
Ogden Dunes1,0830.6%
Town of Pines6880.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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