La Porte County

La Porte County, Indiana

813 Lincolnway
La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: (216) 326-6808
Fax: (216) 326-5615

On the northwestern border of IN, west of South Bend; organized Jan 9, 1832 from Indian lands. Name Origin: French 'the port' or 'the door,' referring to a natural opening through the forest that served as a gateway to the north

Area (sq mi):: 613.04 (land 598.24; water 14.80) Population per square mile: 184.70
Population 2005: 110,512 State rank: 15 Population change: 2000-20005 0.40%; 1990-2000 2.80% Population 2000: 110,106 (White 84.80%; Black or African American 10.10%; Hispanic or Latino 3.10%; Asian 0.50%; Other 3.10%). Foreign born: 2.50%. Median age: 37.10
Income 2000: per capita $18,913; median household $41,430; Population below poverty level: 8.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $24,346-$25,241
Unemployment (2004): 6.00% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.10% Median travel time to work: 22.00 minutes Working outside county of residence: 26.00%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Michigan City (32,179)
  • La Porte County seat (20,982)

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    The United Way of La Porte County, in collaboration with other partners, has used the SSS to spearhead an innovative childcare initiative.
    Construction employment has grown very slowly in Lake and Porter counties (growing about 5 percent between 2001 and 2005) and has been about unchanged in La Porte County. This suggests that construction employment has been declining in the less urban counties of northwest Indiana, and that the expected decline in 2006 is also likely to be concentrated in Jasper, Newton, Pulaski, and Starke counties.
    Labor market conditions will be determined not only by growth in local employment, but also by the extent of employment opportunities in surrounding communities, especially in Chicago and its southern suburbs (strength in La Porte County would also benefit people living in Lake and Porter counties).