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Porter County, Indiana

Named in 1836 for War of 1812 Commodore David Porter

County Seat: Valparaiso

Largest City: Portage (2021 population: 38,192)

Population per Square Mile: 416.65

Square Miles: 418.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)164,28892.5%6,484,050
Today (2021)174,243102.6%6,805,985
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*191,83592.7%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today6.1%15 5.0%

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

Components of Population Change, 2020-2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration1,3377 14,280
Net International Migration2126 4,756
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-38089-54.9%692

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 2020 (Includes detail not shown below)65,1539100.0%100.0%
Married With Children13,732921.1%18.3%
Married Without Children20,597831.6%29.8%
Single Parents5,535118.5%9.3%
Living Alone17,0441026.2%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 2021 (estimate)72,1389100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2020 (includes vacant units)69,2719100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2020)$193,5006  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2020)$8156  

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 2020 ACS)116,95482.6%4,466,180
with High School diploma or higher93.5%5 89.3%
with B.A. or higher degree28.6%15 27.2%

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 2020$57,6547111.0%51,926
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 202191161.4%6,453
Food Stamp Recipients in 20219,680151.5%636,675
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, 20191,642112.0%80,859
Births to Teens, 201763161.2%5,152
Deaths, 20191,57282.4%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force83,182112.5%3,321,548
Annual Unemployment Rate3.913108.3%3.6
May 2022 Unemployment Rate2.716108.0%2.5

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2020 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work79,043100.0%$4,342,077100.0%$54,933
Wage and Salary62,29378.8%$3,061,23170.5%$49,142
Farm Proprietors3890.5%$21,8540.5%$56,180
Nonfarm Proprietors16,36120.7%$535,98912.3%$32,760
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6,2797.9%$139,5613.2%$22,227
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,0621.3%$12,7630.3%$12,018
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,85212.5%$603,16013.9%$61,222
  Professional, Tech. Serv.4,0025.1%$238,1325.5%$59,503
  Retail Trade8,98211.4%$301,3306.9%$33,548
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade2,4223.1%$198,8954.6%$82,120
  Other Private (not above)19,537*24.7%*$758,469*17.5%*$38,822*

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, 2021UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed653100.0%100.0%$206,126$7,583,249
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$30,324
5+ Family00.0%22.7%$0$742,937

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 2021
Percent of County
Beverly Shores6010.3%
Burns Harbor2,1251.2%
Dune Acres2350.1%
Ogden Dunes1,1690.7%
Town of Pines5950.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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