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Valparaiso, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Valparaiso had a population of 33,568 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Valparaiso: Portersville.

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Valparaiso, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 33,568
Daytime Population: Workers 24,731
Daytime Population: Residents 17,061
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 41,792
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.24
Population in Households 30,981
Population in Familes 22,753
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,587
Population Density2 2,156
Diversity Index3 36


Median Household Income $52,452
Average Household Income $73,423
Per Capita Income $30,431


Total Housing Units 14,169 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,235 (51.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,121 (43.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 813 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $186,102
Average Home Value $222,606


Total Households 13,356
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 7,523
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.78% 0.72%
Households 0.8% 0.75%
Families 0.77% 0.6%
Median Household Income   2.34%
Per Capita Income   2.37%

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, 2017 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 # 27 96th
Population Density # 94 86th
Diversity Index # 80 88th
Median Household Income # 260 62nd
Per Capita Income # 103 85th

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