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Porter County, Indiana (IN)

County population in 2017: 168,404 (79% urban, 21% rural); it was 146,798 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 35,194
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 12,083
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 41,867
Renter-occupied apartments: 14,721 (it was 12,782 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

30%

Land area: 418 sq. mi.

Water area: 103.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 403 people per square mile   (high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Porter County: 96.2 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (29.6%), Educational, health and social services (12.9%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 24%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Porter County, IN (2017)
    • 140,35295.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 16,99711.6%Hispanic or Latino
    • 5,1073.5%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 3,9962.7%Two or more races
    • 2,1411.5%Asian alone
    • 1360.09%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 340.02%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

38.8 years
Indiana median age:

37.7 years
Males: 84,391  (50.1%)
Females: 84,013  (49.9%)
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Average household size:
Porter County:

2.0 people
Indiana:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $65,747 ($53,100 in 1999)
This county:

$65,747
Indiana:

$54,181

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $749 (lower quartile is $636, upper quartile is $946)
This county:

$749
State:

$633


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $189,800 (it was $123,000 in 2000)
Porter:

$189,800
Indiana:

$141,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $139,300 - $276,000

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $237,826
Here:

$237,826
State:

$182,292

Townhouses or other attached units: $268,600
Here:

$268,600
State:

$170,402

In 2-unit structures: $61,867
Here:

$61,867
State:

$127,306

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $352,746
Here:

$352,746
State:

$146,180

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $174,699
Here:

$174,699
State:

$210,644

Mobile homes: $70,538
Here:

$70,538
State:

$85,614

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,308
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $427

Institutionalized population: 1,423

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 5
  • Assaults: 44
  • Burglaries: 178
  • Thefts: 640
  • Auto thefts: 92

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 7
  • Assaults: 40
  • Burglaries: 205
  • Thefts: 599
  • Auto thefts: 126
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 955 buildings, average cost: $138,700
  • 1998: 904 buildings, average cost: $128,600
  • 1999: 950 buildings, average cost: $140,200
  • 2000: 846 buildings, average cost: $147,700
  • 2001: 860 buildings, average cost: $155,200
  • 2002: 823 buildings, average cost: $170,700
  • 2003: 980 buildings, average cost: $166,900
  • 2004: 1203 buildings, average cost: $186,600
  • 2005: 1272 buildings, average cost: $200,600
  • 2006: 926 buildings, average cost: $224,200
  • 2007: 675 buildings, average cost: $225,500
  • 2008: 364 buildings, average cost: $216,000
  • 2009: 249 buildings, average cost: $237,900
  • 2010: 243 buildings, average cost: $264,600
  • 2011: 221 buildings, average cost: $243,700
  • 2012: 302 buildings, average cost: $257,600
  • 2013: 406 buildings, average cost: $289,400
  • 2014: 370 buildings, average cost: $275,400
  • 2015: 354 buildings, average cost: $280,100
  • 2016: 412 buildings, average cost: $278,100
  • 2017: 515 buildings, average cost: $269,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Porter, IN residents
Average permit cost in Porter, IN
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,931 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,535 (0.9%)

Distribution of median household income in Porter, IN in 2017
Distribution of house value in Porter, IN in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Porter, IN in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.9%
Porter County:

11.9%
Indiana:

13.5%
(11.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.1% for Black residents, 15.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.0% for American Indian residents, 9.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.0% for other race residents, 17.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 38.8 years old
(Males: 37.4 years old, Females: 40.1 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41.6 years old, Black residents: 28.2 years old, American Indian residents: 72.8 years old, Asian residents: 35.8 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30.5 years old, Other race residents: 35.8 years old)

Area name: Gary, IN HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Porter County is $596 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $727 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $869 a month.

Cities in this county include: Portage, Valparaiso, Chesterton, Lakes of the Four Seasons, South Haven, Porter, Hebron, Shorewood Forest, Salt Creek Commons, Kouts.

Porter County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2018 air pollution in Porter County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.028 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 20.9 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Porter County: Palmira Golf Course (A), Oak Knoll Golf Course (B), Lake County Fairground (C), Pheasant Valley Country Club (D), Youche Country Club (E), Lake Hills Volunteer Fire Department (F), Maple Grove Greenhouse and Nursery (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Porter County include: Grace Lutheran Church (A), Calvary Baptist Church (B), First Baptist Church (C), Saint Matthias Church (D), Lake Hills Baptist Church (E), Lake Prairie Church (F), Zion United Church of Christ (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: West Creek Cemetery (1), Brunswick Cemetery (2), Fuller Cemetery (3), Sanders Cemetery (4), German Cemetery (5), Zion Evangelical Cemetery (6), Plum Grove Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Fancher Lake (A), Fisher Pond (B), Hermit Lake (C), J C Murphey Lake (D), Golf Lake (E), Hidden Lake (F), Lake Dalecarlia (G), Lake Seven (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Spring Run (A), West Creek (B), Stony Run (C), Eagle Creek (D), Cedar Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Porter County include: Camp Area Number Five (1), Lemon Lake County Park (2), Buckley Homestead County Park (3), Leroy Community Park (4), Deep River County Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: New London County, Connecticut , Columbia County, Pennsylvania , Deuel County, Nebraska , Huron County, Ohio , Kane County, Illinois , Lucas County, Ohio .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.9%
Indiana:

3.9%

Unemployment by year in Porter, IN
County total employment by year in Porter, IN
County average yearly wages by year in Porter, IN

Current college students: 8,959
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 30.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 5,523 (61.7% naturalized citizens)

Porter County:

3.3%
Whole state:

5.3%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1,5142010 or later
  • 9782000 to 2009
  • 1,3281990 to 1999
  • 6521980 to 1989
  • 5751970 to 1979
  • 1,687Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 56.2%

Porter County marital status for males Porter County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 48,944
  • One, attached: 5,099
  • Two: 1,736
  • 3 or 4: 2,216
  • 5 to 9: 3,232
  • 10 to 19: 2,799
  • 20 to 49: 1,106
  • 50 or more: 766
  • Mobile homes: 2,889

Housing units in Porter County with a mortgage: 30,932 (965 second mortgage, 2,775 home equity loan, 59 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 14,354

Here:

68.2% with mortgage
State:

65.5% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Porter County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic29,5838
Evangelical Protestant23,85791
Mainline Protestant10,64026
Other1,1367
Orthodox8602
None98,267-
Porter County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Porter County:

0.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 58
Porter County:

3.62 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

3.57 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 105
This county:

6.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.78 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Porter County:

9.0%
Indiana:

9.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Porter County:

28.6%
State:

29.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.6%
State:

14.3%

Agriculture in Porter County:

Average size of farms: 241 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $61,579
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $246.10
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.51%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 16.34%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $55,376
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 87.01%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.36%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $79,740
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.76%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.08
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 17.91%
Corn for grain: 60283 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 1962 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 57399 harvested acres
Vegetables: 944 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 14 acres

Tornado activity:

Porter County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Indiana state average. It is 1614336.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 23 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 11/12/1965, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 14 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Porter County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 216.6 miles away from Porter County center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 191.6 miles away from the county center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 283.7 miles away from the county center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 247.4 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 94.1 miles away from Porter County center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 214.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Indiana Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 12, 2008 to October 06, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1795: September 23, 2008, FEMA Id: 1795, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Indiana Snow, Incident Period: February 12, 2007 to February 14, 2007, Emergency Declared EM-3274: March 12, 2007, FEMA Id: 3274, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Indiana Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3238: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3238, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Indiana Severe Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: January 01, 2005 to February 11, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1573: January 21, 2005, FEMA Id: 1573, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • Indiana Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: July 04, 2003 to August 06, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1476: July 11, 2003, FEMA Id: 1476, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Indiana Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to December 31, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3162: January 24, 2001, FEMA Id: 3162, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Indiana Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 01, 1999 to January 15, 1999, Emergency Declared EM-3135: January 15, 1999, FEMA Id: 3135, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Indiana Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 09, 1998 to March 12, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1217: May 08, 1998, FEMA Id: 1217, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Indiana Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 16, 1992 to July 23, 1992, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-962: September 18, 1992, FEMA Id: 962, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Indiana Flooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: December 28, 1990 to January 22, 1991, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-891: January 05, 1991, FEMA Id: 891, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Porter County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 4
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Porter

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 56,493 (85.4%)
  • Carpooled: 3,868 (5.8%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 158 (0.2%)
  • Railroad: 39 (0.1%)
  • Ferryboat: 12 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 532 (0.8%)
  • Bicycle: 305 (0.5%)
  • Walked: 1,409 (2.1%)
  • Worked at home: 3,547 (5.4%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Management occupations (15%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (21%)
  • India (13%)
  • Philippines (8%)
  • Germany (6%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)
  • Poland (3%)
  • Canada (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Porter County


  • German (16%)
  • American (8%)
  • Polish (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • European (5%)
  • English (4%)
  • Italian (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Porter County, Indiana in 2000:

  • 1,859 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 945 people in nursing homes
  • 223 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 180 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 81 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 74 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 65 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 47 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 31 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 20 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 5 people in crews of maritime vessels

People in group quarters in Porter County, Indiana in 2010:

  • 1,772 people in college/university student housing
  • 867 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 508 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 76 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 74 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 48 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 34 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 22 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $77,569.

6.05% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($54,934 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.05%
Indiana average:

6.06%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.95% relocated from other counties in Indiana ($30,745 average AGI)
2.10% relocated from other states ($24,189 average AGI)
Porter County:

2.10%
Indiana average:

2.21%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lake County, IN  2.59% ($47,223 average AGI)
from LaPorte County, IN  0.60% ($47,608)
from Cook County, IL  0.55% ($78,234)
from Jasper County, IN  0.16% ($49,787)
from Will County, IL  0.09% ($66,593)
from Marion County, IN  0.08% ($38,714)
from DuPage County, IL  0.07% ($116,289)


6.08% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($52,258 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.08%
Indiana average:

6.25%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($267 average AGI)
Porter County:

0.03%
Indiana average:

0.03%

3.43% relocated to other counties in Indiana ($24,935 average AGI)
2.62% relocated to other states ($27,055 average AGI)
Porter County:

2.62%
Indiana average:

2.40%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lake County, IN  1.71% ($42,248 average AGI)
to LaPorte County, IN  0.68% ($44,131)
to Cook County, IL  0.39% ($64,409)
to Jasper County, IN  0.17% ($47,391)
to Marion County, IN  0.14% ($35,398)
to Starke County, IN  0.09% ($47,476)
to St. Joseph County, IN  0.08% ($49,269)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.0
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.9

Births per 1000 population in Porter County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Porter County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.6

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Porter County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Porter County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Porter County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Porter County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Porter County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Porter County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Porter County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 21,915 (18,387 aged, 3,528 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 2,951 (7%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Porter County, Indiana in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,464)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,381)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (914)
  • Unspecified dementia (734)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (704)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (687)
  • Congestive heart failure (556)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (554)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (372)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (354)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.65
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7,512
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 178
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 39,642

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,138
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 767
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 46
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 78

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 21.6. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 125.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 61.1
  • Suffocation - 32.0
  • Poisoning - 28.2
  • Other - 4.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 168,404
  • In family households: 139,261 (24,279 male householders, 20,110 female householders)
    33,280 spouses, 49,682 children (45,300 natural, 987 adopted, 3,395 stepchildren), 2,436 grandchildren, 1,207 brothers or sisters, 2,230 parents, 1,834 other relatives, 4,203 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 24,825 (11,136 male householders (8,632 living alone)), 9,197 female householders (8,242 living alone)), 4,492 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 4,318

Size of family households: 18,983 2-persons, 10,323 3-persons, 9,576 4-persons, 3,489 5-persons, 1,462 6-persons, 556 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 16,874 1-person, 3,066 2-persons, 248 3-persons, 145 4-persons.

24,415 married couples with children.
10,659 single-parent households (2,609 men, 8,050 women).

92.9% of residents of Porter speak English at home.
3.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (75% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (76% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (77% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (72% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 3% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $603,239,000 ($3,893 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $9,378,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $349,100,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $130,415,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,319,000
Federal grants: $80,746,000
Federal procurement contracts: $11,602,000 ($2,981,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $27,057,000 ($804,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $23,631,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $97,432,000
Federal Government insurance: $32,009,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 9,627
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 6,079
Here:

39 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +813
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+9 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +6,837
Here +43 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Porter County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 15.11 millions of gallons per day (30% from ground, 70% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.4

Year house built in Porter County, Indiana
  • Year house built in Porter County, Indiana
  • 1,3852014 or later
  • 9402010 to 2013
  • 9,4642000 to 2009
  • 11,4951990 to 1999
  • 7,9231980 to 1989
  • 16,2781970 to 1979
  • 8,4221960 to 1969
  • 5,4981950 to 1959
  • 2,1761940 to 1949
  • 5,2061939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Porter County, Indiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Porter County, Indiana
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Porter County, Indiana
  • 01 room
  • 542 rooms
  • 5353 rooms
  • 1,8754 rooms
  • 7,3405 rooms
  • 10,9356 rooms
  • 9,4497 rooms
  • 6,7048 rooms
  • 8,3949+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Porter County, Indiana
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Porter County, Indiana
  • 3561 room
  • 5972 rooms
  • 4,0293 rooms
  • 6,4994 rooms
  • 4,8515 rooms
  • 1,9976 rooms
  • 6327 rooms
  • 1958 rooms
  • 2809+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Porter County, Indiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Porter County, Indiana
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Porter County, Indiana
  • 0no bedroom
  • 4461 bedroom
  • 4,6622 bedrooms
  • 24,0223 bedrooms
  • 13,4424 bedrooms
  • 2,7145+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Porter County, Indiana
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Porter County, Indiana
  • 356no bedroom
  • 4,8541 bedroom
  • 9,2072 bedrooms
  • 3,8603 bedrooms
  • 8734 bedrooms
  • 2865+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Porter County, Indiana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Porter County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Porter County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 932no vehicle
  • 9,7521 vehicle
  • 21,5912 vehicles
  • 8,4513 vehicles
  • 3,0044 vehicles
  • 1,5565+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Porter County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Porter County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 2,333no vehicle
  • 10,4591 vehicle
  • 5,4272 vehicles
  • 8293 vehicles
  • 3884 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

89.4% of Porter County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 27% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 62% lived in Indiana.

Porter County:

89.4%
State average:

85.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 109,347
  • Other state: 52,382
  • Northeast: 5,238
  • Midwest: 34,223
  • South: 9,259
  • West: 3,662
Year householders moved into unit in Porter County, IN
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Porter County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 91.5%Utility gas
  • 4.4%Electricity
  • 1.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.7%Wood
  • 0.5%Other fuel
  • 0.1%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 71.2%Utility gas
  • 25.8%Electricity
  • 1.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%Other fuel
  • 0.3%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,310
Here:

7.4%
Indiana:

12.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 633
Here:

6.6%
Indiana:

11.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3,007
Here:

41.6%
Indiana:

21.9%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Porter County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $135,000
  • Charges - Other: $4,082,000
    Air Transportation: $864,000
    Parks and Recreation: $439,000
    Regular Highways: $249,000
    Parking Facilities: $6,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,702,000
    Air Transportation: $1,839,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $237,000
  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $9,833,000
    Regular Highways: $8,258,000
    General - Other: $6,361,000
    Police Protection: $5,596,000
    Correctional Institutions: $5,329,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $4,945,000
    Financial Administration: $2,669,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,522,000
    Health - Other: $1,782,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,756,000
    Air Transportation: $1,469,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $315,000
    Local Fire Protection: $123,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $62,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash and Deposits: $222,000
    Benefit Payments: $111,000
    Corporate Bonds: $86,000
    From Other Governments: $38,000
    Total Other Securities: $32,000
    Withdrawals: $0
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $-2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $5,638,000
    Air Transportation: $1,163,000
    Highways: $226,000
    General Local Government Support: $20,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $9,350,000
    Other - Air Transportation: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $891,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,840,000
    Rents: $510,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $223,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $158,000
    Sale of Property: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $1,332,000
    General - Other: $1,221,000
    Regular Highways: $131,000
    Air Transportation: $61,000
    Police Protection: $39,000
    Correctional Institutions: $25,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Health - Other: $6,000
    Financial Administration: $4,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $216,080,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,596,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $3,183,000
    Highways: $2,810,000
    General Local Government Support: $465,000
  • Tax - Property: $37,977,000
    Individual Income: $11,333,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,471,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,315,000
    Other License: $275,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $26,839,000

Porter County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $135,000
  • Charges - Other: $4,082,000
    Air Transportation: $864,000
    Parks and Recreation: $439,000
    Regular Highways: $249,000
    Parking Facilities: $6,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,702,000
    Air Transportation: $1,839,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $237,000
  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $9,833,000
    Regular Highways: $8,258,000
    General - Other: $6,361,000
    Police Protection: $5,596,000
    Correctional Institutions: $5,329,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $4,945,000
    Financial Administration: $2,669,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,522,000
    Health - Other: $1,782,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,756,000
    Air Transportation: $1,469,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $315,000
    Local Fire Protection: $123,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $62,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash and Deposits: $222,000
    Benefit Payments: $111,000
    Corporate Bonds: $86,000
    From Other Governments: $38,000
    Total Other Securities: $32,000
    Withdrawals: $0
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $-2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $5,638,000
    Air Transportation: $1,163,000
    Highways: $226,000
    General Local Government Support: $20,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $9,350,000
    Other - Air Transportation: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $891,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,840,000
    Rents: $510,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $223,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $158,000
    Sale of Property: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $1,332,000
    General - Other: $1,221,000
    Regular Highways: $131,000
    Air Transportation: $61,000
    Police Protection: $39,000
    Correctional Institutions: $25,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Health - Other: $6,000
    Financial Administration: $4,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $216,080,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,596,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $3,183,000
    Highways: $2,810,000
    General Local Government Support: $465,000
  • Tax - Property: $37,977,000
    Individual Income: $11,333,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,471,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,315,000
    Other License: $275,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $26,839,000

Porter County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $135,000
  • Charges - Other: $4,082,000
    Air Transportation: $864,000
    Parks and Recreation: $439,000
    Regular Highways: $249,000
    Parking Facilities: $6,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,702,000
    Air Transportation: $1,839,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $237,000
  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $9,833,000
    Regular Highways: $8,258,000
    General - Other: $6,361,000
    Police Protection: $5,596,000
    Correctional Institutions: $5,329,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $4,945,000
    Financial Administration: $2,669,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,522,000
    Health - Other: $1,782,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,756,000
    Air Transportation: $1,469,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $315,000
    Local Fire Protection: $123,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $62,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash and Deposits: $222,000
    Benefit Payments: $111,000
    Corporate Bonds: $86,000
    From Other Governments: $38,000
    Total Other Securities: $32,000
    Withdrawals: $0
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $-2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $5,638,000
    Air Transportation: $1,163,000
    Highways: $226,000
    General Local Government Support: $20,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $9,350,000
    Other - Air Transportation: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $891,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,840,000
    Rents: $510,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $223,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $158,000
    Sale of Property: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $1,332,000
    General - Other: $1,221,000
    Regular Highways: $131,000
    Air Transportation: $61,000
    Police Protection: $39,000
    Correctional Institutions: $25,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Health - Other: $6,000
    Financial Administration: $4,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $216,080,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,596,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $3,183,000
    Highways: $2,810,000
    General Local Government Support: $465,000
  • Tax - Property: $37,977,000
    Individual Income: $11,333,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,471,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,315,000
    Other License: $275,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $26,839,000

Porter County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $135,000
  • Charges - Other: $4,082,000
    Air Transportation: $864,000
    Parks and Recreation: $439,000
    Regular Highways: $249,000
    Parking Facilities: $6,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,702,000
    Air Transportation: $1,839,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $237,000
  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $9,833,000
    Regular Highways: $8,258,000
    General - Other: $6,361,000
    Police Protection: $5,596,000
    Correctional Institutions: $5,329,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $4,945,000
    Financial Administration: $2,669,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,522,000
    Health - Other: $1,782,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,756,000
    Air Transportation: $1,469,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $315,000
    Local Fire Protection: $123,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $62,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash and Deposits: $222,000
    Benefit Payments: $111,000
    Corporate Bonds: $86,000
    From Other Governments: $38,000
    Total Other Securities: $32,000
    Withdrawals: $0
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $-2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $5,638,000
    Air Transportation: $1,163,000
    Highways: $226,000
    General Local Government Support: $20,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $9,350,000
    Other - Air Transportation: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $891,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,840,000
    Rents: $510,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $223,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $158,000
    Sale of Property: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $1,332,000
    General - Other: $1,221,000
    Regular Highways: $131,000
    Air Transportation: $61,000
    Police Protection: $39,000
    Correctional Institutions: $25,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Health - Other: $6,000
    Financial Administration: $4,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $216,080,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,596,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $3,183,000
    Highways: $2,810,000
    General Local Government Support: $465,000
  • Tax - Property: $37,977,000
    Individual Income: $11,333,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,471,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,315,000
    Other License: $275,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $26,839,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,501
  • Number of aged recipients: 79
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,422
  • Number of recipients under 18: 360
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,001
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 140
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 433
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 716
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 24 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED822$154,159776$176,7645,458$164,313280$74,62911$1,916,636256$166,19565$85,169
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED50$159,76081$160,630489$172,71225$69,1200$024$173,12511$58,545
APPLICATIONS DENIED93$158,516118$164,3391,576$175,495154$45,8441$3,450,00066$179,51532$55,219
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN44$137,52348$170,167790$173,63716$91,0632$1,975,00026$144,7697$103,286
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS15$152,13311$133,000278$175,09422$107,3640$012$117,8334$121,750
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 24 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED140$195,979199$190,0253$105,333
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED67$206,14978$189,5514$188,750
APPLICATIONS DENIED17$203,76545$186,1781$82,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN9$237,33323$192,3480$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$144,0004$124,0000$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Porter, IN
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Porter, IN - Value
Most common first names in Porter County, IN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1,49774.9 years
Mary1,38479.9 years
Robert1,10170.0 years
William1,08874.2 years
Helen79480.5 years
James79269.5 years
George72875.9 years
Charles72173.9 years
Joseph68675.8 years
Margaret58479.6 years
Most common last names in Porter County, IN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith39373.8 years
Johnson35076.2 years
Miller28876.0 years
Brown24674.4 years
Jones21373.9 years
Anderson20775.1 years
Williams20672.9 years
Wilson15472.7 years
Davis13573.5 years
Thomas11673.4 years
Businesses in Porter County, IN
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1La-Z-Boy2
ALDI2Lane Bryant1
AT&T3Lane Furniture1
Ace Hardware5Little Caesars Pizza4
Advance Auto Parts4Long John Silver's3
Applebee's2Lowe's1
Arby's5Marriott1
AutoZone4Marshalls1
Barnes & Noble1MasterBrand Cabinets4
Baskin-Robbins4Maurices1
Bath & Body Works1Mazda1
Bed Bath & Beyond1McDonald's11
Best Western2Menards2
Blockbuster1New Balance2
Buffalo Wild Wings3Nike10
Burger King6Nissan1
CVS5Panera Bread1
Catherines1Papa John's Pizza2
Chevrolet1Payless1
Cold Stone Creamery2Penske2
Comfort Inn3Pier 1 Imports1
Cricket Wireless1Pizza Hut3
Curves4Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Dairy Queen9Quiznos3
Days Inn1RadioShack3
Dennys2Rue211
Discount Tire1SAS Shoes2
Domino's Pizza3Sears3
DressBarn1Sephora1
Dressbarn1Shoe Carnival1
Dunkin Donuts6Sprint Nextel5
Famous Footwear1Staples1
Fashion Bug1Starbucks4
FedEx18Steak 'n Shake2
Ford1Subaru1
GNC3Subway16
GameStop1Super 84
Goodwill1T-Mobile5
H&R Block8T.G.I. Driday's1
Hardee's2Taco Bell6
Hilton2Target1
Holiday Inn1Toyota1
Home Depot1True Value1
JCPenney1U-Haul8
Jewel-Osco2U.S. Cellular2
Jimmy John's8UPS38
Jones New York4Verizon Wireless2
Justice1Walgreens10
KFC5Walmart2
Kincaid1Wendy's6
Kmart3White Castle2
Kohl's2YMCA4

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  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
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  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"