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Valparaiso, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Valparaiso had a population of 34,152 as of July 1, 2019. 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 41.4731 and longitude -87.0611 in Porter County. The formal boundaries for the City of Valparaiso 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Valparaiso: Portersville.

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Valparaiso, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Valparaiso, IN Housing Affordability Index is 135
State of Indiana Housing Affordability Index is 180
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Valparaiso, IN Wealth Index is 75
State of Indiana Wealth Index is 81
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 34,152 (100%)
Population in Households 31,508 (92.3%)
Population in Families 23,172 (67.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,644 ( 7.7%)
Population Density 2,093
Diversity Index2 36
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $52,932
Average Household Income $73,887
Per Capita Income $30,133
Wealth Index4 75

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 14,688 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,417 (43.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,215 (49.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,056 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $196,331
Housing Affordability Index3 135
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 13,632
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 7,716
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.74% 0.63%
Households 0.8% 0.67%
Families 0.81% 0.56%
Median Household Income   2.28%
Per Capita Income   2.66%

Valparaiso, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Valparaiso to the other 679 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 29 96th
Population Density # 100 85th
Diversity Index # 82 88th
Median Household Income # 357 48th
Per Capita Income # 171 75th

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