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  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Porter County is located in Indiana with a population of 167,391. Porter County is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Porter County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Porter County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Porter County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Porter County are highly rated.
Population
167,391

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$173,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$899
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Porter County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    79.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    19.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    147.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,060.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    69.7
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

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Porter County Reviews

2 reviews
Porter County has been a wonderful home for me and my husband. We moved to the area almost 3 years ago and purchased our first home last year. I was wary about moving to the area, coming from central Indiana, but it's been a great experience living in northwest Indiana. There's plenty to do in all seasons, and drive times are great. We can hop on I-65 and be back in central Indiana to visit family within a few hours, but we're also within an hour of downtown Chicago. I highly recommend Porter County and all that it has to offer.
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I love Porter, IN. It is right outside of Chesterton, IN so it is really small. There is no night life and everyone here is friendly.