Our Community

Porter County is approximately 45 miles from Chicago and 45 minutes from South Bend and the University of Notre Dame.


Average annual rainfall: 39.8"
Average snowfall: 54.5"
Average temperature in winter: 30°
Average temperature in summer: 83°

Market Data

Median household income: $62,676
Average cost-existing 3BR home: $127,000
Average cost-2BR apartment: $625/mo.
State Income Tax: Yes, 3.4%

Community Facts

County Populations:

  • Lake: 493,800   
  • Porter: 162,181
  • LaPorte: 110,888   
  • Starke: 23,658
  • Jasper: 32,544   
  • Newton: 14,161
  • Marshall: 47,109


School systems in Porter County consistently exceed state and national norms and have been named “Best Buy” school corporations by the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce.

Colleges & Universities:

Calumet College of St. Joseph (Merrillville)
Indiana University Northwest (Gary)
Ivy Tech State College (Michigan City, Gary, East Chicago, Valparaiso)
Purdue University Calumet (Hammond)
Purdue University North Central (Westville)
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso)

For more information on Porter County, go to www.porterco.org.