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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Porter is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 4,855. Porter is in Porter County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Porter offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Porter there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals live in Porter and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Porter are highly rated.
About Porter...
Population
4,855

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$171,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,255
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Porter 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
    103.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    61.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    123.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    619.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    61.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Porter

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$94,519
National
$55,322
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Porter Reviews

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Growing up, Porter was a slightly scattered small town on the edge of Lake Michigan, filled with amiable neighbors and plenty of nature. These days, the area is slightly more urban and there are more conveniences nearby that no longer require driving to neighboring Chesterton, but it still borders the State and National Parks for the Indiana Dunes and has plenty of opportunities for families. In my opinion, once one adds in its relative proximity to the Chicago city limits, it is still a pleasant place to live.
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A small town outside Chesterton Indiana. Close to Lake Michigan, a nice quite town. Absolutely love the Dunes and Porter beach. A lot of trails and out door activities to do. Biking and hiking is a every weekend activity. So happy my family and I moved here seven years ago.
Everything is on par with any other area like this, but the weather is horrible, and the tourists cause accidents, and make the parks inaccessible on weekends.