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Burns Harbor, Indiana - Basic Facts

The Town of Burns Harbor had a population of 1,816 as of July 1, 2020. Burns Harbor ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper quartile for 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 Burns Harbor is located at latitude 41.6259 and longitude -87.1334 in Porter County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Burns Harbor encompass a land area of 6.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. Porter County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 627 feet.

The Town of Burns Harbor (GNIS ID: 2396621) 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 Town of Burns Harbor is located within Township of Westchester, a minor civil division (MCD) of Porter County.


Burns Harbor, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,816 (100%)
Population in Households 1,816 (100.0%)
Population in Families 1,472 (81.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 282
Diversity Index2 30


Median Household Income $61,671
Average Household Income $76,851
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $28,785
Wealth Index5 63


Total HU (Housing Units) 742 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 527 (71.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 172 (23.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 44 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $196,942
Average Home Value $201,044
Housing Affordability Index3 195


Total Households 698
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 468
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 4.51% 1.23%
Households 4.24% 1.18%
Families 4.27% 1.05%
Median Household Income   2.68%
Per Capita Income   2.18%
Owner Occupied HU   1.22%


Burns Harbor, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Burns Harbor to the other 679 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 237 65th
Population Density # 628 8th
Median Household Income # 181 73rd
Housing Affordability Index # 113 17th
Per Capita Income # 214 69th
Diversity Index # 103 85th

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