Porter, Indiana

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Porter, Indiana

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High Points

Porter strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Indiana):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Porter Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Porter Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Porter Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Porter Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Porter People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Porter College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 18% Porter Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Porter, Indiana

Comparing Porter to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Indiana (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Racial Diversity 7 9
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Age of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 8
Portion of People Married 7 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
College Educated Adults 9 9
People Above Poverty 8 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 3 3
Short Commute Times 2 2
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 10
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 4
People Living Alone 5 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Affordability of Rents 2 1

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Porter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles E of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Porter
Standard Zip Codes 46304
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.615
Longitude -87.074

Porter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.3 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
Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 13.6 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
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Porter Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 4,972 100%
Male 2,427 48.8%
Female 2,545 51.2%
Under 18 1,406 28.3%
18+ 3,566 71.7%
65+ 387 7.8%
Median Age 32.7
Average Family Size 3.12
White 4,780 96.1%
African-American 41 0.8%
Asian 29 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.2%
Other 31 0.6%
Mixed Race 80 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 233 4.7%

Estimated Porter Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,217
Growth 245
Growth % 4.9%

Porter Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 21.5%
Irish 11.6%
US/American 10%
English 9.4%
Polish 9.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.3%
Italian 5%
Swedish 3.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.5%
Welsh 2.2%
Scottish 2.1%
Lithuanian 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Canadian 1.7%
Dutch 1.1%
Slovak 1%
French Canadian 0.8%
Norwegian 0.8%
Croatian 0.6%
Yugoslavian 0.6%
European 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
British 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Slovene 0.4%
Belgian 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Macedonian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Porter 4,972 $60,254
Beverly Shores 708 $81,203
Burns Harbor 766 $57,188
Chesterton 10,488 $66,239
Lake Station 13,948 $41,454
Ogden Dunes 1,313 $90,719
Portage 33,496 $54,316
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