Porter County is located in northwest Indiana. The County Seat is Valparaiso and the largest city is Portage. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.porterco.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 167,076 and the 2010 census population was 164,347. The land area is 418.15 square miles and there are 393 persons per square mile.
93.1% of the population is White, 3.6% is Black or African American, 9.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.4% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.5% is two or more races. 91.4% have a high school degree or higher, and 25.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $165,700, there are 61,502 households, an average of 2.63 persons per household. The per capita income is $28,669, the median household income is $62,794, and 10.4% of the persons in Porter County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 12,407. Retail sales (in $1000) were $1,956,275, and sales per capita were $12,188. The percentage of black-owned firms is 1.4%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 29.2%.
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