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Indiana Counties

Indiana is divided into ninety-two counties. The oldest and newest Counties in Indiana are Knox County (created 1790) and Newton County (created 1857).Many Indiana counties are named for the US Founding Fathers and personalities of the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and Battle of Tippecanoe; early leaders of Indiana Territory and Indiana, as well as surrounding states like Michigan and Kentucky; plus Native American tribes and geographical features.

Porter County, Indiana

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Porter County is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 164,343. Porter County was created on February 1, 1836. The county seat is Valparaiso. The county is named for Captain David Porter, hero of the War of 1812.

This county is part of Northwest Indiana as well as the Chicago metropolitan area.

Etymology - Origin of Porter County Name

The county is named for Captain David Porter who served in the War of 1812.


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Porter County History

Porter County was organized February 1, 1836. From 1832 to 1836, the area that was to become Porter County was part of La Porte County. It was named for Captain David Porter, naval officer during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812.

Porter County is divided into 12 Civil Townships as follows: Boone, Center, Jackson, Liberty, Morgan, Pine, Pleasant, Portage, Porter, Union, Washington and Westchester.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 522 square miles (1,351 km2), of which, 418 square miles (1,083 km2) of it is land and 104 square miles (268 km2) of it is water, most of it in Lake Michigan. The total area is 19.84% water.

Porter county is located in north Indiana. Part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Lake Michigan
  • East: La Porte County
  • Southeast: Starke County
  • South: Jasper County
  • West: Lake County


Colleges and Universities

Ivy Tech Community College
Valparaiso University

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