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Valparaiso, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Valparaiso had a population of 33,035 as of July 1, 2016. Valparaiso ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Valparaiso is located at latitude 41.4798 and longitude -87.0523 in Porter County. The formal boundaries for the City of Valparaiso (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.57 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Porter County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 794 feet.

The City of Valparaiso (GNIS ID: 2397114) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Valparaiso is located within Township of Center, a minor civil division (MCD) of Porter County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Valparaiso population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Valparaiso: Portersville.

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Valparaiso, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 33,035
Population in Households 30,448
Population in Familes 22,417
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,587
Population Density1 2,122
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 13,123
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 7,431
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,044 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,104 (50.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,019 (42.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 921 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $186,813
Average Home Value $221,229


Median Household Income $51,172
Average Household Income $68,729
Per Capita Income $28,529
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.65% 0.62%
Households 0.64% 0.64%
Families 0.69% 0.53%
Median Household Income   2.32%
Per Capita Income   1.92%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Valparaiso, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Valparaiso to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 28 96th
Population Density1 # 108 84th
Diversity Index2 # 83 88th
Median Household Income # 289 58th
Per Capita Income # 110 84th

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