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Porter is a town in Porter County, in the Chicago metro area.
The community was named for David Porter, a hero of the War of 1812.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Indiana named Porter. For links to other places called Porter, IN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Porter is 41.615N. The longitude is -87.074W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 640 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,094.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Porter demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Porter County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Gary area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 46304 ZIP code.
21% of Porter residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Porter ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Porter was $24,615, compared with $21,587 nationally.
25% of Porter residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Porter, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $563. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,108.
Libraries in Porter include Hageman Memorial Library ... View libraries
Porter County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Porter political report.
The average commute time for Porter workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Porter include Springhouse Inn.
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