Introduction to La Porte, Indiana

La Porte, Indiana, in La Porte county, is 23 miles W of South Bend, Indiana and 51 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. There are 21,621 residents in the city.

La Porte History

The earliest white settlers in this area where French explorers who came during the 1670s. The French explorers and other settlers in the area used a wide Indian trail to make way to the next prairie. The town was officially established in 1832, and incorporated in 1835. It became a city in 1852.

La Porte and nearby Attractions

  • Door Prairie Auto Museum
  • La Porte County Historical Society and Museum
  • La Porte County Symphony Orchestra
  • Kingsbury State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Fox Memorial Park
  • Pine Lake

Things To Do In La Porte

Self guided walking tours through the maple tree-lined Indiana and Michigan Avenues allow one to view many examples of historic architecture. La Porte has been endowed with great natural beauty, which is evident through its numerous lakes and woodlands. The city hosts the La Porte County Fair every July. This fair features activities like harness racing, arts and crafts, 4-H competitions and performances by nationally reputed entertainers. It attracts people from all over the country.

La Porte Transportation

Flights are available from the South Bend Regional Airport.

La Porte Higher Education

Purdue University, Valparaiso University and Andrews University offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 22,242
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 9,221
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 45.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $42,659
% Above Poverty Level 78.3%
% Below Poverty Level 21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $649
Median House Value $90,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.8%
Irish 15.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

La Porte Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles W of South Bend, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County La Porte
Standard Zip Codes 46350
P.O. Box Zip Codes 46352
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.61
Longitude -86.71

La Porte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LA PORTE
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40.8 inches
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 57 F
Jul Temp 64 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hamlet 890 $52,273
Kingsbury 309 $71,875
Kingsford Heights 1,477 $41,705

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

La Porte Public Libraries

La Porte County Pl
La Porte, Indiana
(219) 362-6156
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La Porte Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(219) 326-1234
Emergency Service: Yes

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