Porter County, IN

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Population

167,391

0.225% growth

Median Age

39.4


Median Household Income

$65,979

1.7% growth

Poverty Rate

11%


Number of Employees

79,536

1.36% growth

Median Property Value

$173,100

2.85% growth

About

In 2017, Porter County, IN had a population of 167k people with a median age of 39.4 and a median household income of $65,979. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Porter County, IN grew from 167,016 to 167,391, a 0.225% increase and its median household income grew from $64,874 to $65,979, a 1.7% increase.

The population of Porter County, IN is 84% White Alone, 9.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.27% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Porter County, IN speak a non-English language, and 98.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Porter County, IN are Valparaiso University (1,455 degrees awarded in 2016), Don Roberts Beauty School (12 degrees), and Lil Lou's Beauty and Barber College-Portage (1 degrees).

The median property value in Porter County, IN is $173,100, and the homeownership rate is 75.4%. Most people in Porter County, IN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26 minutes. The average car ownership in Porter County, IN is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Porter County, IN employs 79.5k people. The largest industries in Porter County, IN are Manufacturing (13,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,628 people), and Retail Trade (8,165 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,400), Manufacturing ($71,826), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,694).

Median household income in Porter County, IN is $65,979. Males in Porter County, IN have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,677. The income inequality in Porter County, IN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$65,979

2017 value

± $1,797

1.7%

1 Year Growth

± 3.93%

Households in Porter County, IN have a median annual income of $65,979, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $64,874 in 2016, which represents a 1.7% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,508

Average Male Salary

± $1,197

$42,677

Average Female Salary

± $917

In 2017, full-time male employees in Indiana made 1.39 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $60,595 ± $7,828

  2. White

    $45,279 ± $744

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $41,920 ± $17,388

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Indiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.34 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Porter County, IN is from Indiana.

0.456

2017 Wage GINI

0.457

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Indiana was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0682% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Indiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Indiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Indiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 504.05

  2. Census Tract 510.05

  3. Census Tract 506.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Porter County, IN was Census Tract 504.05 with a value of $108,375, followed by Census Tract 510.05 and Census Tract 506.03, with respective values of $102,500 and $99,406.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Porter County, IN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Porter County, IN (18k out of 163k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    14,720 ± 996

  2. Hispanic

    3,036 ± 423

  3. Black

    1,375 ± 298

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Porter County, IN is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

79.5k

2017 Value

± 1,977

1.36%

1 Year growth

± 3.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Porter County, IN grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 78.5k employees to 79.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Porter County, IN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,760 people), Management Occupations (8,379 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,728 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Porter County, IN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Porter County, IN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,760 people), Management Occupations (8,379 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,728 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Porter County, IN has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.46 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.37 times), and Production Occupations (1.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Porter County, IN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,599), Legal Occupations ($74,327), and Management Occupations ($71,073).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

79.5k

2017 Value

± 1,977

1.36%

1 Year growth

± 3.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Porter County, IN grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 78.5k employees to 79.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Porter County, IN, are Manufacturing (13,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,628 people), and Retail Trade (8,165 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Porter County, IN, though some of these residents may live in Porter County, IN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Porter County, IN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (13,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,628 people), and Retail Trade (8,165 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Porter County, IN has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.89 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.7 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Porter County, IN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,400), Manufacturing ($71,826), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,694).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Indiana to other states, or from other states to Indiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $69.1B

  2. $42.9B

  3. $39.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Indiana product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $69.1B, followed by Base metals ($42.9B) and Mixed freight ($39.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Indiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$446B

2015 Value

$698B

Projected 2045 Value

56.6% growth

In 2015, total outbound Indiana trade was $446B. This is expected to increase 56.6% to $698B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Indiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Indiana to other states, or from other states to Indiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.9B

  2. $32.7B

  3. $31.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Indiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $39.9B, followed by Michigan with $32.7B and Illinois and $31.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Indiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.3% of the population of Porter County, IN has health coverage, with 59.1% on employee plans, 10.1% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 10.2% on non-group plans, and 0.873% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Porter County, IN was $8,300 in 2014. This is a 4.76% increase from the previous year ($7,923).

Primary care physicians in Porter County, IN see 1677 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.38% increase from the previous year (1638 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1929 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 655 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jay County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.4%). Additionally, Grant County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,677 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Porter County, IN see an average of 1,677 patients per year. This represents a 2.38% increase from the previous year (1,638 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Porter County, IN in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,300

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,078

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,285

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,714

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Indiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.76%, from $7,923 to $8,300.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.65%

Uninsured

59.1%

Employer Coverage

10.1%

Medicaid

12.1%

Medicare

10.2%

Non-Group

0.873%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Porter County, IN declined by 12.2% from 8.72% to 7.65%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Porter County, IN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.4% prevalence

  2. 15.1% prevalence

  3. 15% prevalence

Jay County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Indiana, at 15.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Indiana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Porter County, IN is home to a population of 167k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.8% of Porter County, IN residents were born outside of the country (6.37k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Porter County, IN is composed of 141k White Alone residents (84%), 16.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.6%), 5.48k Black or African American Alone residents (3.27%), 2.46k Two or More Races residents (1.47%), 2.31k Asian Alone residents (1.38%), 328 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.196%), 139 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.083%), and 60 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0358%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Porter County, IN are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Porter County, IN was 39.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Porter County, IN are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Porter County, IN residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.37k people

3.96%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

6.61k people

As of 2017, 3.8% of Porter County, IN residents (6.37k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Porter County, IN was 3.96%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    106,451 ± 7,946 people

  2. India

    28,953 ± 4,168 people

  3. China

    22,599 ± 3,684 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Indiana was Mexico, the natal country of 106,451 Indiana residents, followed by India with 28,953 and China with 22,599.

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Citizenship

98.4%

2017 Citizenship

98.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.4% of Porter County, IN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Porter County, IN was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    141k ± 72

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    16.1k ± 814

  3. Black or African American Alone

    5.48k ± 382

In 2017, there were 8.75 times more White Alone residents (141k people) in Porter County, IN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.1k Hispanic or Latino and 5.48k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Porter County, IN as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Porter County, IN citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Porter County, IN was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Porter County, IN are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,716 ± 334

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,369 ± 261

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,103 ± 246

Porter County, IN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Porter County, IN awarded 1,468 degrees. The student population of Porter County, IN is skewed towards women, with 2,088 male students and 2,394 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Porter County, IN are White (891 and 77.2%), followed by Black or African American (87 and 7.54%), Hispanic or Latino (87 and 7.54%), and Unknown (37 and 3.21%).

The largest universities in Porter County, IN by number of degrees awarded are Valparaiso University (1,455 and 99.1%), Don Roberts Beauty School (12 and 0.817%), and Lil Lou's Beauty and Barber College-Portage (1 and 0.0681%).

The most popular majors in Porter County, IN are Information Technology (163 and 11.1%), Law (158 and 10.8%), and Registered Nursing (115 and 7.83%).

The median tuition costs in Porter County, IN are $36,280 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 44 degrees awarded

  2. 41 degrees awarded

  3. 115 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Porter County, IN was Mechanical Engineering with 44 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Porter County, IN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,455 degrees awarded

  2. 12 degrees awarded

  3. 1 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$36,280

Median Private

In 2016, the Porter County, IN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Valparaiso University with 1,455 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

703

Degrees Awarded to Men

765

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 703 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Porter County, IN, which is 0.919 times less than the 765 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    891 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    87 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    87 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Porter County, IN were to White students. These 891 degrees mean that there were 10.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 87 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Porter County, IN was $173,100 in 2017, which is 0.795 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $168,300 to $173,100, a 2.85% increase. The homeownership rate in Porter County, IN is 75.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Porter County, IN have an average commute time of 26 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Porter County, IN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$65,979

Median Household Income

± $1,797

63.3k

Number of Households

± 1,764

In 2017, the median household income of the 63.3k households in Porter County, IN grew to $65,979 from the previous year's value of $64,874.

The following chart displays the households in Porter County, IN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$173,100

2017 Median

± $2,388

$168,300

2016 Median

± $2,251

In 2017, the median property value in Porter County, IN grew to to $173,100 from the previous year's value of $168,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Porter County, IN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Porter County, IN the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Porter County, IN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Porter County, IN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.4%

2017 Homeownership

76.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.4% of the housing units in Porter County, IN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Porter County, IN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Porter County, IN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Porter County, IN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

26 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Porter County, IN have a longer commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.74% of the workforce in Porter County, IN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.7%

  2. Carpooled

    5.18%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.41%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Porter County, IN was Drove Alone (85.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (5.18%) and those who Worked At Home (4.41%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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