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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,876
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens17.2%
Employed Population 16+9,437
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married43.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.4%
Median Earnings25+$26,417
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,982
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,552

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,940
% Above Poverty Level78.2%
% Below Poverty Level21.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone32.9%
Median Gross Rent$646
Median House Value$93,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.1%
Irish15.9%
Polish11.3%
English8.5%
Italian4.2%
Swedish3%
French Except Basque2%
Dutch1.8%
Scottish1.4%
Norwegian1.1%
Slovak0.9%
Ukrainian0.8%
Austrian0.7%
Russian0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Greek0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Serbian0.3%
African0.3%
Arab0.3%
Czech0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
German0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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La Porte Almanac

CategoryValue
County La Porte County, LaPorte County
Standard Zip Codes46350
P.O. Box Zip Codes46352
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.6
Approximate Longitude-86.71

La Porte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLA PORTE
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip40.8 inches
StationWANATAH 2 WNW
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationINDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 57 F
Jul Temp64 to 82 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hamlet707$55,515
Kingsbury253$73,281
Kingsford Heights1,310$36,929
Westville6,862$48,843

La Porte Public Libraries

La Porte County Public Library
1020 LINCOLNWAY
La Porte, Indiana
(219) 362-6156

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La Porte Hospitals

Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital
(Non-profit)
1007 Lincolnway
(219) 326-1234
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